St Andrews Coast Guide
St Andrews is equally famous for its golf traditions and for its University, it is also a pleasant coastal town and seaside resort. It has been in the news recently as the place where Prince William and Kate Middleton met while studying at the University.
St Andrews, is of course - the home of golf. The Royal and Ancient Golf club was formed here in 1754 and is the world oldest golf club. It is the also the ruling body for the game of golf - they set the rules and regulations for the game and for competitions around the world, - and we still can't win! Ah well - there are still plenty of other things to do in the area.
The University is even older and was founded around 1410 and is the third oldest university in the English speaking world. It highly ranked as a seat of learning for the arts and humanities; around 8,500 students are enrolled from around the world with diverse backgrounds that include the odd Prince, Sheik and Duchess!
St Andrews has some significant ruins which point to a colourful past. St Andrews Cathedral was founded in 1158 and was very large as can be judged from the remaining east tower which is 33 metres high. Various events lead to the buildings downfall including a fire and the collapse of the central towers towards the end of the 16th century, after which is was never repaired. St Andrews Castle is a ruin which is located to the north of the town over looking the sea. The castle also dates from the late 12th century and was the home of the local bishop. During the 12th and 13th century the castle was captured, partly destroyed and then rebuilt by both the Scots and the English as power ebbed and flowed in the area. This process continued until the mid 17th century when the bishops position was abolished by William of Orange and the castle was not needed.
The coastline along the Fife coast is spectacular with many good beaches and views to Arbroath in the north.
Places to visit around St Andrews
St Andrews Aquarium - The Scores, St Andrews Fife KY16 9AS Telephone: 01334 474786
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