- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Trave to St Andrews
St Andrews is a breezy seaside town where learning, religious importance and historical significance are concentrated. Best known as the home of golf with its seven public courses at St Andrews Links, including the Old Course, it features the British Golf Museum where a collection of memorabilia is on display. Serious golfers might want to consider staying at the Old Course Hotel, so that the green is never out sight. The damage to the cathedral following John Knox’s impassioned sermons started neglect that reduced it to ruins. St Andrews Castle fared little better, though it has a wonderful dungeon.
At the Aquarium all kinds of marine life can be seen in settings that resemble their natural surroundings. If you'd rather eat seafood than watch it swimming around, head to The Seafood Restaurant. The University, whose buildings line North Street, is the oldest in Scotland. In April, students here stage the Kate Kennedy pageant, in which they play the parts of distinguished figures associated with the university or the town. Lady Kate, a niece of the university's founder, was a great beauty to whom the students are said to have sworn everlasting allegiance. Women are banned and Kate is played by a first-year male student.
Off the road back to Perth is Hill of Tarvit, a superb mansion house remodelled by Sir Robert Lorimer with a magnificent garden and grounds.