St Andrews Castle

The Story Behind the Image - St Andrews Castle, Fife

While the ruined cathedral and priory get most of the attention from visitors to St Andrews, the medieval castle is equally as interesting. The castle stands on a clifftop site that was first fortified around 1100 but the present stone castle was begun around 1200 by Bishop Roger of St Andrews.

Over the following centuries, the castle was captured and captured by Scots and English in turn. It was used as a grim and forbidding prison, with unfortunate prisoners held in a bottle dungeon cut into the solid rock.

To capture this photo I got up well before dawn and drove from our holiday cottage in Crail to arrive before sunrise. I found a spot on the clifftop walk leading to the castle, where I toyed briefly with the idea of climbing down to the rocks on the shore, but there were large signs warning about the dangers of the crumbling cliffs, so I opted for safety - I'd say it worked out!

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