Following on from the boat trip from Gourock, the High Street is short, sweet and with the sun almost idyllic. And thought, as the screen shot below from Google Maps shows, that there is a preponderance of Churches! With the above, Cowal Kirk – High Church, being the most impressive.
After this, we meandered down the High Street, or should say correctly, Argyll Street, where there was everything one would want on a short day trip; cafe’s, restaurants, sights (the Churches, Promenade), etc.
Argyll Street (the High Street)
And we found some “cute” things, such as mini-kilts for your wine or whiskey bottles, and some “designer” tea pots!
Equally, we also entered a “modern” type of tourist shop, which had an affinity for both Tunnock Tea Cakes and the Scottish artist JoLoMo.
Worth a visit.
And even though it’s April, found a Christmas shop, presumably open year round?!
Here’s one of them, and that’s right, they’re in German!
Ticket to Nurnberg
First of all, even if German is not your strength, the ticket machines for the mainline German trains (though still a little confusing) can be set to English:
The above is for tickets for Deutsche Bahn, NOT for the U-Bahn or city trains.
The ticket was for a single, and the distance travelled was about 20km; all for about £4.50. Not cheap, but certainly not expensive. IMO, about the same price as for an equivalent distance here in the UK. The distance would be like going from Glasgow to Johnstone in Renfrewshire (As a Scottish example!).
If the machines are not for you, most of the major cities will also have a Travel Centre (Reise Zentrum) for you to buy them using English. I’ve also found most Germans are both helpful and speak very good English as well.
We decided not to drive, due to the distance, but instead to take the passenger only ferry from Gourock, on the West Coast also.
At Gourock port
From here we had a lovely walk at the pier, that appears to be in a state of renovation, though am not too sure. If it is, then in the sun, this would be a sensational place to have a high tea or meal.
Old Pier in Dunoon
From here, around the pier, there was many things to take a shot at, like the panorama, the church nearby and the coast.
One of the things that I see on my many trips to Europe, is the quantity of cheaper, as in MUCH cheaper, alcohol.
Not wanting to get into any debate or arguments here about the nanny state in the UK, but to state facts – the alcohol has much less tax on it in Germany than here in the UK; and it seems to work out just fine.
The excise rates can be seen here. And above in the graph, with it not taking a genius to see that this merely confirms what I said above.
And this is what I saw again the past month. Please look at these two photos that I took in a hyper market in Bavaria.
And your eyes are not deceiving you here! That’s correct, bottles of wine from €1.49, or to state in pounds, about £1.15!
Following up my first part, it was actually quite nice to have a long walk around the place, and not to think only of golf!
St Andrews has a wonderful beach if that’s your thing, and an old, ruined cathedral, that happened to be closed to the public on the evening of my walk. Equally, I’ve always wondered why they can’t try to restore (at least partly) some of these ancient monuments? Who knows, it could make a delightful lecture theatre!
What I also discovered, are some quads that rival Oxford and other yoonis, and considering that St Andrews is on the small side, I was surprised there’d be enough room.
Looked lovely late in the evening.
There seemed to be a lively buzz about this place, with the smallness, golf, students and compact town centre.
And although this was a Sunday, January night, it was most pleasant, though if you are in town at this day and time, reservations are key for a restaurant! We literally could only find one place that would have us, with the resultant meal being both dreadful, but also “on the house, as they had run out of pizza dough in a pizza restaurant!
Have been here before and at the SAME exact restaurant – Café des Fleurs – one that is of a superior quality, with a queue outside, mainly for coffees.
Where the food was both rustic and delicious, even with proper bread, for the huge portions. It seemed to be a real hub of activity for such a small place, with the bus stop in front of it, having its very own library! 4.5 / 5.