Next to the North Sea at St. Andrews are the ruins of the cathedral. DG and I walked down and wandered around the old stone buildings and gravestones.

Way back in the eighth century, a monastery was built on this spot. But due to pressure from the Vikings (don’t quite understand all this story), the church moved east.

Then in the 12th century, a church dedicated to St. Rule was built. The tower still stands today. (Just think how many centuries that tower has stood there!)

But the original St. Rule’s soon became too small and another building was built – and was dedicated in the presence of King Robert the Bruce in 1318.

After the Reformation (led by John Knox), the cathedral stones were slowly removed – but much survived.

OK, it’s all rather complicated … but suffice to say, walking through the ruins was interesting.

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