Visit Scotland’s most prestigious and oldest university, the University of St Andrews—founded in 1410.
For a relatively small population (approx. 17,000) the town of St Andrews certainly has a lot of big titles. It’s home to Scotland’s most prestigious and oldest university, the University of St Andrews—founded in 1410. It’s also known worldwide as the “Home of Golf”, as the St Andrews Royal and Ancient Golf Club was started here in 1754. What's more, the royal burgh has long been the ecclesiastical centre of Scotland, a reminder seen in the grand ruins of the 12th century St Andrew’s Cathedral, the largest church built in the country.
With the vibrant student life permeating the town and the café-lined cobbled streets of the medieval town centre, St Andrews is a must-see destination in eastern Scotland. Here, visitors can explore the Botanic Gardens, the British Golf Museum, the St Andrews Aquarium and the Byre Theatre, among other town attractions. For more scenic highlights, check out the magnificent 13th century cliff-top ruins of St Andrew’s Castle and the West Sands Beach, where the famous opening scene of Chariots of Fire was filmed.