“Welcome to the Middle Ages” – this thought might cross visitors’ minds as they drive through one of the two gates, West Port or Sea Yett, into the centre of St Andrews. Dark granite structures and historical buildings shape the townscape. The place became a bishop’s see in the year 903 and, as you may have guessed, was named after Saint Andrew. The remains of St Andrews Cathedral, with its 33-meter-high tower, and St Andrews Castle should not be missed. The ruins, featuring tunnels and dungeons, tower high above the water and bore witness to the altercations between Catholics and Protestants. The university buildings scattered throughout the entire town also make for impressive sights.
The Home of Golf
In the summer, the sea brings students and locals together: Everyone heads to the kilometre-long West Sands Beach for a swim. Right behind this beach you will find the St Andrews Links, one of the biggest golf facilities in the world. Situated just north of the city centre, this facility also houses the most famous and oldest course: The Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Allegedly, golf balls rolled across the green here as early as 1552, which is why St Andrews is considered worldwide to be the birthplace of the sport of golf. Every year, this course hosts more than 200,000 rounds of golf, and many golfers dream of teeing off on the legendary Old Course just once in their lifetime.
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