A Day in St. Andrews, Scotland
St. Andrews is a small town on the eastern coast of Scotland; it is best known for the oldest golf course, conspicuously called "the old course." In recent times St. Andrews has been widely talked about in the media because Prince William met his bride, a fellow St. Andrews University alumnus, while they were attending college together. A day in St. Andrews is bound to involve an array of beautiful sights.
Old Course at St. Andrews
Considered the home of golf, the Old Course at St. Andrews boasts close to 550 years of history. Many open championships, one of the four major tournaments in the sport of golf, have been hosted here. The likes of Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, and Jack Nicklaus, among many others, have graced the occasion taking the approach to the 19th hole green en-route to hoisting the distinguished trophy. As the old course is a public course, many golfers from around the world make their journey here to stroll the greens and take back memories of having played at this prestigious landmark.
West Sands Beach
Along the adjoining North end of the Old Course is the West Sands beach. There, you can surf when the waves are rolling, take a horseback ride, or just lay in the sun during the summer months. Many families can be seen enjoying their afternoons here while enjoying the views eastward of Scotland into the North Sea.
Castle, Cathedral, and Tower
From the West Sands beach, you can walk along the road hugging the sea towards the ruins of the St. Andrews castle. This 10-minute walk will also encompass parts of St. Andrews University with its historic buildings reflecting its architectural facades. The castle and the remains of the cathedral and tower are much smaller as compared to the Edinburgh or Sterling castles. But unlike their gated ticket purchases and many guided tours, here kids can play “Castles” on the lawns while the adults sightsee at their own pace.
East Sands Beach
Further along the way, past the castle and cathedral, lies the East Sands beach. Another location to relax and see the far-off landscapes in the breeze of the sea. Here you will also find the site of the St. Andrews University’s May dip. A tradition where at dawn on the first day of May, traditionally the Celtic festival of Beltane, the students run into the North Sea.
St. Andrews Brewery and Other Eateries
The "town" part of St. Andrews is approximately a 6X4 block perimeter area. Niche boutiques and local restaurants line the quaint streets within the town. The St. Andrews brewery, producing craft beers and serving tasty complimentary cuisine, is a place worth visiting. Some other restaurants of note are the Road Hole Restaurant, The Tailend Restaurant & Fish Bar, and the Black Horn.Whether you come for the golf or to experience the quaint small town feel with its luscious greenery, St. Andrews is a must visit when in Scotland. I have already put it down on my list of places to revisit; considering I live in Glasgow, that should be pretty soon!