Scotland 2004

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St. Andrews headsign in shells.
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Moument to Sir Walter Scott, downtown Edinburgh, Scotland
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Interesting skyline in Edinburgh, Scotland
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View of the Edinburgh Castle
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Loraine with the St. Andrews Castle ruins at sunset.
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View of main entry into St. Andrews Castle
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Inside St. Andrews castle's main courtyard. I would havee been standing inside a great hall at some point before the castle went into ruins.
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Latrine with a view at St. Andrews Castle. The hole drops out over the ocean.
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Inside the attack mine at St. Andrews castle. It was pretty narrow at some spots in the mine.
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Pretty roses down a narrow lane in St. Andrews near the castle.
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DANGER: Erosion and falling rocks sign
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Near the beach, a group put together this "Geologic Wall." It includes stones from throughout Fife in eastern Scotland. They have a fantastic brochure that explains a short story about the most interesting rocks in the wall. You can clearly see the black coal on the left side of the wall. Other highlights included fossils, geodes, ripple marks, and more -- most about 300 million years old. You could teach an entire introductory geology course by just looking at this wall! I visited it three times during my stay to enjoy it!
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Standing on the 17th green at the Old Course in St. Andrews. The famous bridge is behind my head to the left.
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Loraine at the archway to St. Andrews cathedral.
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The base of columns that have long-since fallen along the collonade in the St. Andrews cathedral.
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Loraine with the north wall of the St. Andrews Cathedral.
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Looking up at the standing half of the north wall of the cathedral at St. Andrews.
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South wall of the cathedral at St. Andrews.
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View of the town of St. Andrews from the 12th century church tower near the cathedral.
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The view back towards the town of St. Andrews from East Sands beach. You can see the cathedral towers most clearly.
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Jellyfish stranded along the beach at East Sands park outside of St. Andrews town.
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Ribbon worms are common in St. Andrews and have been reported to grow to lengths > 60 meters, making them the longest living things on earth! These strange looking mounds look a lot like balls of worms that washed up onto the beach, but I really don't know for sure.
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A clear jellyfish with pretty purple circles.
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An amazingly beautiful red jellyfish. This one was probably 40 cm in diameter.
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Just a pretty view of the Kinkell Braes.
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Here is a resistant piece of sandstone called the Maiden's Rock along the Kinkell Braes near St. Andrews. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~www_sgg/geo_html/main/table.html
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Neat fossils in boulders near Maiden's Rock. Two pound coin for scale.
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Classic picture of faults in sandstone near Maiden's Rock, Kinkell Braes, near St. Andrews, Scotland. See http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~www_sgg/geo_html/main/table.html for info about the area.
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Kellie Castle viewed from the road. I walked from the closest town, Pittenweem, about 3 miles away. It was a beautiful walk and this is the first time I caught side of the castle in the Scottish countryside.
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Kellie Castle.
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Matt in the beautiful castle gardens at Kellie Castle.
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Strange apple trees growing in vines.
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Loraine at the Blackfriar's monastery on South Street in St. Andrews.
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Loraine at the Whiskey tasting inside the Old Union at St. Andrews University.