St Andrews is situated right on the east coast of Scotland and is a very charming and historic town that attracts visitors from all corners of the world.
St Andrews is the capital of golf in Scotland and is known worldwide as The Home of Golf, and also boasts Scotland's oldest university which was founded in 1410.
In October 1764, the 'Captain and Golfers present' of the club now known as the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (The R&A) first met here in the spiritual “home of golf” though it is thought golf was first played here on the St Andrews Links land way back in the 15th century.
The world-famous St Andrews Old Course - Home of Golf
The Old Course, is the most famous of the town's 8 courses, and has played host to some of the world’s greatest ever golfers at the Open Championship over the years. The other courses in the town are The New, The Jubilee, The Balgove, The Strathtyrum, The Eden and The Dukes.
The St Andrews Castle Course, The Kittocks and The Torrance Courses are only a few minutes’ drive away and the magnificent Kingsbarns Links can be reached in only a quarter of an hour.
A world-renowned University & beautiful Beaches
The University dominates the centre of town and it has seen a procession of famous graduates including Prince William. Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Sean Connery are just a few famous faces who have received doctorates recently. Consistently rated as one of the top universities in the UK, St Andrews is frequently compared to Oxford and Cambridge for its defining presence and the collegiate feel it gives to the town although the latter can’t boast such a beautiful coastal location and the fantastic quality of Golf that is on offer in the Auld Grey Toon!
St Andrews can also boast two beautiful beaches, one being the stunning West Sands, where the famous opening shots of the film Chariots of Fire were filmed. You must also try and put aside some time to visit the Botanic Gardens, the British Golf Museum and the Byre Theatre, one of only four 5-Star arts locations in the whole of Scotland.
The Medieval centre of St Andrews consists of narrow alleyways and cobbled streets with book shops, restaurants, supermarkets and cafés. St Andrews castle, the ruined cathedral and the adjacent St Regulus Church, where you can climb to the top of the 108 foot tower for magnificent views of the town, golf courses, the sea and all of its wonderful its surroundings.