Scotland: St. Andrews is the Home of Golf and so Much More
By Anita Draycott
St Andrews already boasts a sizeable reputation that attracts visitors from all over the world, not least due to its enviable title as the Home of Golf, but the town is also now synonymous with the courtship of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Scotland’s oldest university, where the couple met. Consider these attractions.
- St Andrews Castle
The Scores, St Andrews, Fife
The ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century. Notable features include the 'bottle-dungeon' and mine and counter-mine tunnelled during the siege in 1546. These siege works are the finest of their kind in Europe. A fascinating exhibition in the visitor centre brings the history of the castle and cathedral to life.
- St Andrews Cathedral
The Pends, St Andrews, Fife
The remains of the largest cathedral in Scotland. The precinct walls are particularly well preserved. The Cathedral Museum houses an outstanding collection of early and later medieval sculpture and other relics found on the site, including the magnificent St Andrews Sarcophagus of Pictish date. St Rule's Tower, in the precinct, is part of the first church of the Augustinian canons at St Andrews built in the early 12th century.
- British Golf Museum
Bruce Embankment, St Andrews
The 5-star British Golf Museum sits at the heart of the Home of Golf, just 67 yards from the famous Old Course. Imaginative exhibitions, hands-on activities and stunning multimedia displays bring to life over 500 years of golfing history. The British Golf Museum is the world’s premier heritage centre for golf.
- The Historic Old Course & St Andrews Links
The Old Course is the Home of Golf where golf was first played 600 years ago. It remains a real test of golf for today's champions. The fabled original links course is synonymous with The Open Championship which it has hosted more times than any other venue and also hosted for the 28th time in 2010, for the 150th anniversary of the competition. Despite its reputation and status, it is a public course and is one of seven public courses at St Andrews Links. A range of skill levels can also be put to the test on the Castle, New Course, Jubilee, Eden, Strathtyrum and Balgove.
- St Andrews Botanic Gardens
Canongate, St Andrews, Fife
St Andrews Botanic Gardens extends to 18 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and glasshouses. Located between the Lade Braes and the Canongate, it is a short walk or bus ride from the centre of the town, there is ample car parking. Sheltered by trees it is described by many as a ‘hidden gem’. The design is one of inter-connecting garden habitats and there are many fascinating and unusual plants to be found. The garden is open all year round from 10am.