A grand day out was had putting at the Himalayas in St. Andrews. Located to the right of the second tee on the Old Course, a round can easily last at least 45 minutes depending on your fellow team mates and how busy the course is on the day. Run by the Ladies Putting Club, the course is open to the public daily from April to September, although, there are times when the course is for members only.
Pleasantly blustery, I did not need to wrap up as if on a trip to Antarctica this time. We enjoyed blue skies and lovely sunshine. We tee off at the first, in locked competition consisting of 9 players across two teams. My game – I didn’t keep score – it was probably just as well. In the end none of us kept score, but our team did manage a hole in one !
As usual, the welcoming and most placid guard dog I have ever seen, watches as you pay and play, and if you need a comfort break, golfing gear or sustenance, the Ladies Putting Club is right next to the Himalayas and a welcome stop to defrost if the weather is not in your favour. Even a visit to the toilets are a must with cleanliness, soap and hand-wash that invigorate the senses !
Take a piece of St. Andrews home and share a memory from St. Andrews, with a vibrant and bright, The Pier Walk, St. Andrews by artist Rob Hain, and St. Andrews Harbour by Daniel Campbell. These open edition art prints are available in two sizes. Re-tell your St. Andrews visit to friends and family in greeting card Blue Boat by Sheila Fowler, or have a friend round for an afternoon cuppa and a chat to say St. Andrews is well worth a visit, whether you go to play golf, put the Himalayas, stay to study, wine and dine or plan to shop, you will have a grand day out no-matter what.
A fortified dwelling, stronghold, Keep, Bulwark, home of nobility or royalty or simply a large dwelling or town house. Whether in ruin, occupancy or restored to become a visitor attraction, museum or venue – castles and their history have a medieval romance, even if their colourful history is not as hospitable as their modern-day appearance.
Cawdor Castle Gardens – Open Edition Lithograph Art Poster by Bob Lees. Cawdor Castle in Nairn, Inverness-shire, was built in the 14th Century and is the ancestral home of the Cawdor family.
Brodick Castle – Limited Edition Giclee Art Print by Tony Montague. Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park on the Isle of Arran, is just one of the 129 castles conserved and maintained by the National Trust for Scotland.
Inveraray Castle – Open Edition Giclee Art Print by Peter McDermott. You will find Inverary Castle on the banks of Loch Fyne, on the West Coast of Scotland. Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll and the seat of the Clan Campbell.
Reflection, Castle Stalker – Signed Limited Edition Giclee Art Print by David Graham. Castle Stalker is privately owned and was built around 1320, by Clan MacDougall on an island in Loch Laich, an inlet of Loch Linnie. I have read that the castle can be visited by appointment at certain times of the year and, from Port Appin, it is possible to take a shoreline walk, taking in the castle and surrounding views.
Rothesay Castle, Scotland A3 Art Poster (large image) by Raymond Murray. Rothesay Castle on the Isle of Bute, was built by the Stewarts in the 13th Century. From the castle although now a ruin, you have views across the River Clyde to the mainland and a chance to marvel at the huge curtain wall and moat, built as a defence against sea fairing invaders.
Broughty Castle – Open Edition Giclee Art Print by Rikki O’Neill. Broughty Castle, has commanding views across the Firth of Tay. Completed around 1495 by the Gray family. This historic building is now a museum run by Dundee City Council, and the structure cared for by Historic Scotland.