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Old Course, St Andrews

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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: City Highlights Walking Tour with Cocktail

2. St Andrews: City Highlights Walking Tour with Cocktail

Enjoy a wee walk followed by a premium cocktail in the luxurious setting of 18 rooftop bar and restaurant at Rusacks St Andrews overlooking the Old Course. The perfect 2 hours spent; discovering St Andrews on foot and then a drink with your local guide. You'll spend the first part of the tour on a walking tour with your small group and guide, discovering the history and culture of St Andrews. Throughout the tour, discover St Andrews as you walk in the footsteps of golfing legends, royals, heretics who were burned at the stake, famous cats, and those who live in St Andrews today. Your local guide will bring St Andrews to life. After the walking tour, relax with the guide and enjoy a bespoke or classic cocktail from 18 bar's signature cocktail menu, overlooking the Old Course and West Sand's Beach learning about Scotland's drink culture.

St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Old Course, St Andrews

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4.8 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Richard was our guide and very knowledgeable about the history of St Andrews. We were a small group of four plus Richard and he was very patient as we got side tracked looking at all the amazing historical sites along our tour. I would highly recommend his tour as a must do while here. His knowledge and experience as a caddy at St Andrews gave us insite to a broader sense of the game we love and its connection to the Burgh of St Andrews University and the town.

Richard was extremely enlightening and insightful. We could have stayed on the tour for another few hours. His combination of knowledge and humor was most helpful in presenting a boatload of information. We would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting St. Andrews.

The walking tour was amazing. My guide was incredibly well informed about the history of everything related to St. Andrews - golf, the university, and the city. It couldn't have been better! I enjoyed every moment of it.

Richard is very knowledgeable and gave us some great tips for places to go after the tour. We highly recommend!

It was a fabulous tour with Richard. He is so knowledgeable and well spoken