St. Andrews is a fascinating compact town (pop 14000) positioned on the coast of the North Sea with excellent beaches. The town is very smart and offers visitors a unique juxtaposition of golf, academia and historic visitor attractions including a ruined Cathedral and medieval castle. Not to be overlooked is the town’s association with Scotland’s patron saint.
In effect, the town of St. Andrews has grown since medieval times around the campus of Scotland’s oldest university (established 1413). At the east end is the famous Cathedral and castle whilst to the west is the Royal and Ancient Golf Club which overlooks the first and eighteenth holes of the world famous Old Course which is patronised by golfing aficionados from all over the world.
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Access: St. Andrews is easily accessible by road from Glasgow (1.5 hours) and Edinburgh (1 hour). There are also bus and rail connections with latter via nearby Leuchars.
Here are some of the important visitor attractions at St. Andrews:
Sited on a headland and dating from about 1160 it was the largest ecclesiastical building to be constructed in Scotland. Owing to damage by fire and religious reformers, the building is now a romantic ruin which incorporates a cemetery. The site also contains the ruins of the 12th century St. Rule’s Church with its impressive tower. The tower is open to visitors and a climb to the top offers superb views of St. Andrews and environs.
Now a romantic ruin positioned a headland overlooking the sea, this site is inextricably linked to that of the bishops and archbishops who made the castle their main residence from about AD1200. The ruins of the present castle date from about AD1400 when it rebuilt by Bishop Trail and performed a combined role of ecclesiastical residence, fortress and prison. The fortunes of the castle declined after the Reformation and it fell into ruin in the 17th century.
Golf-St Andrews Links
St. Andrews links comprises six public golf courses (including the famous Old Course) plus the separate Castle Course. Here is some summary information on the seven public courses:-
Displays of 30 native sea creatures including sharks and conger eels.
18 acres of landscaped gardens and glasshouses.
Exhibits trace the development of St. Andrews as a pilgrimage shrine (St. Andrew) and a power centre for medieval kings and bishops.
Places and Attractions accessible from St. Andrews
St. Andrews is well endowed with hotels and accommodation By using St. Andrews as a base the following popular locations are within range:
We can arrange:-
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