Anstruther …

… pronounced Anster or maybe Enster, if the man in the golf clubhouse is to be believed. But then, this sounds different again.  Regardless, the brief golf trip into Fife was a great success and just one in a series of adventures that has kept me from WordPress since April.  A week in Swanage was followed by a 1200 mile motorcycle journey to Scotland and the North Coast 500.  A golfing trip was long overdue.

Anstruther Golf Course would have appeared in the sequel to Golf in the Wild but Covid delayed the trip and its inclusion beyond my deadlines.  A shame in many respects as it proved to be everything I had hoped for – a fine course with some challenging holes, not least, the three consecutive par 3s at the southern end of the course. The first of these, the fifth – The Rockies, was deemed the toughest par 3 in Britain in 2007 by Today’s Golfer.  It would be hard to disagree.

Beyond the golf course, the town was vibrant with much going on regardless of any social distancing obligations.  These are a selection of images from a brief one night stay – they paint a better picture than words:


The second – Monument
The fifth – The Rockies
A Bigger Splash
The bay and clubhouse
The Lighthouse
The Monument on the golf course, from the harbour wall
The harbour


  1. babsje · July 4

    I don’t golf (forgive me please!) But your photos are excellent as usual. You seem to capture the light expertly in each one! Best, Babsje

    • northumbrianlight · July 4

      Entirely forgivable/sensible 🙂 Many thanks, very kind of you to say so – a combination of the Fuji X-Trans sensor and the remarkable things you can do in PS Camera RAW.

  2. brownanthony1outlookcom · July 4

    I am glad you have played the Rockies but did you manage a three . It is very tough

    • northumbrianlight · July 4

      Thanks Tony, yes a great little course. Sadly I made something of a horlicks of the 5th front and back. My buddy Ian parred it on the back 9 though.

  3. sustainabilitea · July 4

    I”m not a golfer either but I greatly enjoyed your excellent photos, especially the last one of the harbor and the one of the people jumping into the water. Nice to see you again. Hope all’s well with you and yours.


    • northumbrianlight · July 6

      Thanks Janet – all good here, especially we are now allowed out to play 🙂 Hope you are all good too.
      All the best, Robin

  4. J.D. · July 5

    So good to hear you’ve been enjoying life, Robin. The photos somehow seem both stark and joyful. Hope the rest of your summer is filled with golfing and riding adventures. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · July 6

      Thanks Julie, very kind. I have certainly been putting a lot of miles on the bikes – over 5000 miles by md June. If you can find some Kwells, you could try watching this:

      Hope all is well with you and yours
      All the best

  5. Aviationtrails · July 5

    Fife is a(nother) beautiful part of the country, we were there a couple of years ago and are planning a return trip. Your photos certainly capture its beauty superbly!

  6. socialbridge · July 6

    WOW! You certainly get around and I adore the photos.

    • northumbrianlight · July 6

      Many thanks Jean – yes, I have certainly put in a lot of bike miles this year. It’s not all fun you know – try this for wet weather 😀

      • socialbridge · July 10

        You just have to find ways to make it fun! 😎

  7. Graham Stephen · July 7

    Nice! I seem to remember an award-winning chip shop being there.


    • northumbrianlight · July 7

      Thanks – yes, Anstruther Fish Bar – we ate there that night and it lived up to its reputation. The very best batter I have tasted 😀

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