Tour Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland,
On A Unique Small Group Tour Of My Scotland
The coastal scene of Largo Bay with its sandy
beaches and golf courses, lying in the shadow of the old volcanic
mound of Largo Law ( hill ), forms an attractive setting for
the old villages of Lundin Links, Upper Largo and Lower Largo.
Consequently Lundin Links has always been a favorite of vacationers
and especially golfers. The Lundin Links course was designed
in 1868 and today is of the required standard to hold the
qualifying rounds of the Open Championship when it is held
in St Andrews. The course is dotted with ancients stones and
ruined towers from ancient times.
Largo is a popular tourist resort with an attractive harbor
at the mouth of the Kiel River which is dominated by the towering
arches and pillars of the now defunct railway viaduct. Lower
Largo is renowned for its association with Alexander Selkirk,
who was to gain fame for his self-imposed exile on a desert
island in the Pacific Ocean. Selkirk was born in the village
in 1676 and in his youth developed a keen interest in the
seafaring life. Eventually, he ran away to sea and in the
year 1704 was sailing on the ship " Cinque Ports "
across the Pacific Ocean when after a violent disagreement
with the captain he was put ashore on the island of Juan Fernandez.
It was four years and four months before he was rescued and
returned to London. Daniel Defoe, the novelist, became interested
in the real-life story and in 1719 published Robinson Crusoe.
In Lower Largo a small statue of Andrew Selkirk, dressed in
familiar desert island goat-skin clothing, marks the site
of the cottage where he was born.
Largo otherwise known as Kirkton of Largo, with its old Church
that was consecrated in 1243 lies near the foot of Largo Law.
the Church with its 17th century spire sits high on a grassy
knoll and forms a picturesque setting amongst the trees and
Standing between Upper Largo and Lundin Links are the sorry
ruins of Largo House which built by the architect Robert Adams
Scotland guests tend to be travelers rather than tourists,
enjoying seeing behind the tourist facade, while visiting
with " locals " and seeing sites not normally seen
by the regular tourist. Many group members visit Scotland
to trace their Scottish ancestry; others to golf or fish;
most come to simply enjoy the beautiful scenery, historic
buildings and gardens, and most of all, to meet and enjoy
the people of Scotland. My Tours of Scotland can be best described
as being " couthy. " It's a Scottish word meaning
from April through October is a really good time to Tour Scotland.
Spring and early summer are my particular favorites. Forests,
fields and glens offer a wonderful array of colors during that
time of year, while the long Northern days of sunshine let you
get out and enjoy it. There is also no shortage of things to
do as all the best attractions are already open, and are far
more relaxed away from the mid-summer crowds, whilst in the
cities the Arts season is in full swing. But whenever you visit,
you're always guaranteed a warm welcome in my Scotland. June
through August is the best time to attend Highland Games on
a Tour Scotland tour.
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group members will have the opportunity to shop, play golf,
visit local pubs and simply go for walks and enjoy local sights
and sounds. Let me know your reasons for wishing to Tour Scotland,
and see if I can best fit your needs. If you would like to visit
independently, or as part of a small group tour, or on another
Tour of Scotland, please e-mail me:
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