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St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

1. St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

After meeting your guide outside the Russell Hotel you will hear about the Martyrs Monument, the alleged former site of the 1st tee. Situated by the British Golf Museum this is the site of a former quarry where you will hear about what lies beneath, including its significance when golf was banned in the 1400s. You'll then head across to the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famed Old Course, where you will hear about some of the quarks of the game which have shaped its remarkable history. You'll then pass along the route of an old "19th hole" which was once frequented by Bing Crosby and was also renamed "1 Nike Place" for a week during the 2015 Open Championships. Following that, visit the Dunvegan Hotel where you can admire its many golfing photos. You will then see the former birthplace of Old Tom Morris before heading into the quadrangle of St. Salvator’s College to learn about Scotland's oldest university alongside a darker side of St. Andrews' past. Along with a few other points of interest along the way, the cathedral grounds are the next landmark on the tour. Resting there are some 124 golfing greats, including some of the Tom Morris family and Allan Robertson. Walking then along the beautiful coastline, you'll overlook St. Andrews Bay as you travel to the former Archbishops Palace where the darker history of the town continues. It is there that your guide will succinctly put golf and the history of St. Andrews into perspective. From there you'll travel further along university buildings, the Principals House, and the residence where Prince William and Kate spent their first year as students. The tour then finishes back at the Russell Hotel where you can relax and ponder the many heady days of St. Andrews.

St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

2. St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

Following author and historical expert Richard Falconer, learn the history of St. Andrews while exploring the major historic quarters of the city. Visit St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews Castle, Scotland's oldest university, and the Old Course. Set with the backdrop of Fife’s rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, thundering seas, long golden sands, and medieval buildings, discover an incredible wealth of treasures in St. Andrews with your expert guide. As you explore, discover the history and stories of the city. Visit St. Andrews Links, known as The Home of Golf, and learn about Old Course, the most prestigious golf course in the world. Hear about royalty through the ages from Pictish kings to Mary, Queen of Scots, to Prince William and Kate. Then, learn about the Scottish inventor of the kaleidoscope that lost out on millions here. Whatever your interests, this is a great way for anyone looking to explore and find out more about this unique part of the world.

St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

3. St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

Discover the best of St Andrews on this walking tour and immerse yourself in the city's unique history and beauty in the company of a professional historian/author guide. During the tour, admire the beauty of the city's prestigious university and learn more about its history as the 'Home of Golf'. You can even see the graves of some former golfing greats in the Cathedral grounds. Listen to your guide as he explains over 1000 years of St Andrews' history, from the rise and fall of the Catholic church to the Reformation and beyond, with Kings and Queens including Mary Queen of Scots, and up to the present with Hollywood stars and royalty mingling with the town's people. In 1879, some 320 years following the disappearance of St Andrews' priceless artifacts, Councillor William Linskill had a notion that the Cathedral's great treasures were still here. On the basis of a discovery at the Palace, he formed the St Andrews Antiquarian Society and armed with nothing more than a couple of workmen with spades he made it his life's work to find it. For over 40 years your guide has been continuing Linskill’s research. On this tour, discover what he has unearthed and hear about the latest developments in his research.

From Edinburgh: 2-Day Scottish Highlands & St. Andrews Tour

4. From Edinburgh: 2-Day Scottish Highlands & St. Andrews Tour

Take a 2-day adventure out into the Highlands with a charismatic and knowledgeable guide. See the views that inspired countless artists and writers, and visit its most famous attractions, including Loch Ness. Day 1 Departing from Edinburgh, pass the iconic Forth Bridge as you make your way to St. Andrews. Take time to explore the town’s medieval castle and cathedral, ancient University buildings (where Prince William and Kate met), or wander along the fairways edge of the world-famous Old Course.   You’ll then venture into the Scottish Highlands with a visit to the peaceful Hermitage nature reserve. Take a short walk through the forest to the Falls of Brann before lunch in Pitlochry. Continue north into the Cairngorm National Park and watch as the rolling mountains turn blue in the summer or white with falling snow in the winter. In the late afternoon, you'll arrive at Clava Cairns, the Neolithic burial chambers that inspired Diana Gabaldon during the writing of her famous Outlander novels.   Your second-to-last stop today is at Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle fought on British soil in 1746. Your guide will retell the events of the battle and teach you about its significance not only to the Highlands, but also to the Scottish diaspora since. Spend the night in Inverness, a small city packed with restaurants and fun pubs—meet the locals and dance the night away to Highland music in the famous Hootenanny’s Bar with your fellow travelers.   Day 2 Your second day begins by venturing the entire length of the most famous body of water in the world, Loch Ness. Pass Urquhart Castle on your way to Fort Augustus at the mouth of the Loch, where you’ll have the option of taking a 1-hour boat cruise to search for Nessie.   Continue West towards the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, recently made famous by the Harry Potter movies. Hike to a viewpoint to get the best photos of this impressive piece of 19th-century engineering and, in the other direction, be treated to views of Loch Shiel and the monument to the Jacobites: one of the finest views in Scotland.   After lunch, you’ll arrive in Glencoe, the site of the infamous Massacre of 1692. Your guide will share this terribly sad story of betrayal with you. However, the beauty of Glencoe stays with those who visit this place for a very long time.   Your unforgettable Highland adventure ends with a scenic drive through Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park, passing Stirling Castle and into Edinburgh.

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What people are saying about St Andrews Cathedral

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Richard did an excellent job showing us around St. Andrews. He is very knowledgeable and has a lot of stories about the area. We went on the golf history tour on April 23, 2022, and really enjoyed it. We would recommend this tour for everyone, not just golf enthusiasts.

Richard was so informative and made us love St. Andrews. We left smiling and full of knowledge and of course took his advice and played the Himalayas with our kids before we left. Thank you, Richard, for a lovely day.

We were lucky to be the only ones on tour with Richard. Richard was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of St Andrew’s.

Amazing tour!! It covers so much more than just golf history. Highly recommend to anyone spending time in the area. Worth every penny!

Was a really interesting meander around St Andrews. Richard was very knowledgeable and great company. Definitely recommend.