Home to the game of golf
Named after the Apostle Saint Andrew, St Andrews is a university town located on the east coast of Scotland in Fife.
St Andrews is most famous, however, for golf and it was first played here as early as the 15th century. But it was not until the Royal and Ancient Golf Club first met here in 1754 that really put the town on the map.
The Royal and Ancient is the governing body of golf worldwide, except for the United States and Mexico, and St Andrews is now better known as the ‘home of golf’.
Seven golf courses can be found in the town, the Old Course being the most well known. The links course was acquired by the town in 1894 and is the most frequent venue for The Open Championship, the oldest of the major championships.
Fans of golf travel to this town in great numbers every year and can be inspired by golfing history at the British Golf Museum, situated on the front near to the clubhouse.
The town is not all about golf though as you will discover from our holiday accommodation near St Andrews, a medieval town centre with narrow cobbled streets and alleys, two great beaches, botanical gardens and an aquarium all make for a great day out.
St Andrews Cathedral, once the largest in Scotland, now lies in ruins to the east of the town centre and the adjacent St Regulus Church offers great views of the site of the cathedral and the town if you are prepared to climb the spiral staircase of the 108ft tower.
Lastly, the university, founded in 1410, dominates the town and has a reputation of being one of the finest universities in Britain, on a par with Cambridge and Oxford.
The university has seen many famous graduates over time and more recently the future King, Prince William has been included on that list.
St Andrews makes for a fascinating day out and is only an hour away from your holiday accommodation at CLC Duchally Country Estate.