ven though the settlements across the town of St Andrews date to almost 6000 years ago, the town as it is known today started around AD 1140, and the cathedral was among its first projects (in 1160). As mentioned before, St Andrews was recognized as the "ecclesiastical capital" of Scotland up until the Scottish Reformation around the mid-1500s.
After this reformation occurred, this town crumbled. What is left of the cathedral is only a single tower that still stands and a few walls. It is nothing like visiting Gloucester or Canterbury Cathedrals, but many people enjoy the ruins. They have a sadness that holds beauty, that will tingle your senses. Entrance to these grounds might be free, but there is a £5 entrance fee if you are interested in climbing the tower or visiting the museum.
St Andrews Golf Course
Golf was actually invented in Scotland along with many other things, yet that is for a different time or story. The golf course situated in St Andrews is actually the oldest of them all, and it dates back to the earlier part of the 15th century. There are seven courses to admire, but I think the Old Course is the absolute highlight. This par 72, 18-hole course measures more than 4 miles in length. There are many cool features on display, but the most memorable would have to be the 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge. Just be aware if you are wanting to take photos, as the golf course is active and in use.
You can explore these grounds for free (but you may be shouted at by some of the players). You can also choose to play a round on one of the courses, although the 2019 tickets were sold out in the first week they went on sale! The Golf Course website states that "Single golfers that have suitable handicaps that are interested in playing the Old Course without existing tee times are required to check-in at the Old Pavilion on the day they are planning to play, and the staff will try their best to join the players with one of the two or three-ball groups. There are no obligations for existing golfers to make up four balls but the practice is common that the single golfers will be warmly welcomed. With a bit of patience, this could be successful but unfortunately, there are no guarantees". The green fees typically range from $10 to $230 ( £8 to £180), which will depend on both the time of the year and the course.
St Andrews Castle
Similar to other parts of this town, St Andrews Castle is also ancient dating back to the 12th century. It has a vivid and long history but