The Most Romantic Place I’ve Ever Been – St Andrews, Scotland
I’ve been to my fair share of romantic places. From wandering the cobbled streets of Paris, to hot chocolate at sunset on the top of California’s Big Sur, and drinking Champagne cocktails on the 35th floor of a quiet candle lit bar in Tokyo. Still, I’ve never really felt the location was anything more than just a backdrop to the company. No place alone has ever stirred me to feel romantic.
Of course I’ve been amazed by experiences and sights, mostly from the great outdoors when I think back. Sitting high on a peak after a long climb in the sun, or seeing hundreds of cherry trees blossoming in Korea.
But there was something about St Andrews. Maybe it was the gentle northern sunshine, the pretty shapes of the coast, or the quaint Scottish terraces. It was almost certainly to do with the incredible purples and oranges of the sunrise… and it came in the middle of a great trip, with a bunch of people I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with.
I can’t do the feeling St Andrews gave me any justice though. I felt like writing poetry, or heaven forbid, singing (out loud). I wanted to sit down and create something artistic that recorded forever how incredibly warm St Andrews made me feel. The weather was kind, especially for Scotland in January, and the fresh breeze from the sea was full of energy. The whole town is friendly, and they have more than their fair share of good restaurants. I’m no golfer, but walking the Old Course links looking out at the North Sea and West Sands was satisfying. The mornings were so fresh, and the evenings so cosy.
Nevertheless, trying to put my finger on what gave St Andrews the romantic x-factor has got me stumped. If you can compare a town to food… St Andrews would be the Oyster of Scotland. Delicate, tantalising, and undeniably aphrodisiac.
Here’s my video from St Andrews in an attempt to capture some of the feeling (best watched in HD), but don’t really expect me to portray what it was like, when I can’t even put it down in words… Definitely the most romantic place I’ve ever been. What’s yours?
The #blogmanay social media campaign was sponsored by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with the support of VisitScotland,ETAG, Edinburgh Festivals, Haggis Adventures and Skyscanner. The campaign bloggers were arranged by iambassador. Special thanks to VisitStAndrews and The Fairmont, St Andrews for sponsoring my stay too.