Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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PRINCE WILLIAM'S CUTE KINGDOM OF FIFE

Would our girls spot Prince William in St Andrews?

We stayed at Kilconquhar Castle which is approximately 3 miles inland from the small coastal resort of Elie.

"The estate is set within 130 acres of mature woodland and immaculately kept formal gardens. Here you will find the castle suites and villas, ranging in size from one to four bedrooms, each furnished to luxury standards."

The estate is a wonderful place for children who want to play 'cowboys and indians'.

However, the formal garden looked rather boring.

Our castle suite was comfortable in the way that Skegness boarding houses or elderly airport hotels are comfortable. The place was in need of some refurbishment.

The activities on offer, such as hiring bikes, seemed vastly over-priced.

The restaurant was nothing-special and expensive.

We cycled to Elie which reminded me of coastal villages in Brittany in France; the views were the sort that would attract artists; children should love the beach; the Deli and the Pavilion Cyber Cafe proved friendly.

The fishing village of Pittenweem, which has a remarkably good arts festival, is a must visit place; strikingly attractive in a gypsy manner.

St Andrews is a wealthy University town on the coast; this is the place to come for your shopping, for golf, for second hand books (Quarto book shop and charity shops) and for lots of History.

The people are generally friendly here, as elsewhere in tourist Fife.

We dined at the excellent Pizza Express in St Andrews.

Not everwhere in Fife is prosperous and happy. There is some unfortunate poverty in Methil, Buckhaven, Benarty, Lochgelly, and parts of Kirkcaldy and Dumfermline.

In some places 40% of the old people are on income support. Many children take drugs.

And Prince Andrew? Would I tell you if we bumped into him in the charity shop and he invited us round to his flat for a coffee?

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