Tiger Woods at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Tiger Woods at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

This evening I am reporting on the historic-and very popular-town of St Andrews (pop 16800) which is located in the region of Fife on the east coast of Scotland, about a ninety minute drive N.E. of Edinburgh.

Aerial view of St Andrews, fife, Scotland.

Aerial view of St Andrews, fife, Scotland.

St Andrews attracts guests with a wide range of interests, including golf, ancient cathedral, castle, shopping, university and beaches. There is also a new whisky distillery close by, at Kingsbarns. A visit to St Andrews fits in nicely with a tour of the Fife Coast with Edinburgh as start point or destination.

Here is an image of the West Sands, not just an innocuous beach, but location for the opening scenes of the film Chariots of Fire.

West Sands, St Andrews, Scotland.

West Sands, St Andrews, Scotland.

Here is the famous Swilken Bridge on the Old Course with Royal and Ancient in the distance. Golfers and visitors alike stop here for a photo opportunity. The Old Course is just one of the golf courses comprising St. Andrews Links. Other courses are New Course, Jubilee Course, Eden Course, Strathtyrum Course, Balgove Course and the Castle Course.

Photo shoot at Swilken Bridge, St Andrews Links, Scotland.

Photo shoot at Swilken Bridge, St Andrews Links, Scotland.

This is the ruins of St Andrews Castle. The castle was originally the power base of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews reflecting the status and power of St Andrews in the context of the medieval Scottish Church. Today’s ruins date from a re-build undertaken in the late 14th century after the devastation caused by the Wars of Independence (with England). The castle fell into ruin from the late 17th century onwards.

St Andrews Castle, Fife, Scotland

St Andrews Castle, Fife, Scotland

Here are the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral, a building located close to the castle. The Cathedral was begun 1160 and grew to become the longest and greatest church in Scotland. It was also a place of pilgrimage as legend has it that the bones of St Andrew were brought ashore at St Andrews (hence name) in the fourth century. In medieval times the Cathedral suffered extensive damage due to fire and storm but it was the Reformation n 1560 which finally sealed its fate.

St Andrews Cathedral, Fife, Scotland.

St Andrews Cathedral, Fife, Scotland.

This video clip of St Andrews was taken from atop St Rule’s Tower at the Cathedral.

 Visitors should allow about three hours to cover the key sites at St Andrews.
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