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Weekend Breaks to St. Andrews

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The University of St Andrews

St. Andrews University is often compared to the English universities of Oxford and Cambridge partly because of its ancient history and exclusive reputation.

The student population has a considerable number of English undergraduates, including Prince William.

The University was founded in 1410 and its buildings are open to the public.

Guided tours are available.

St. Andrews Castle

This is to be found north of the beach, but don’t expect too much as there is not a lot left of the castle. It was built as part of the Palace of the Bishops and Archbishops of St Andrews in around 1200 and added to over the centuries. It was the setting of some pretty awful events during the Reformation years and finally fell into ruin in the seventeenth century. What few ruins that do remain date from the fourteenth and sixteenth century’s and are very atmospheric.

The Cathedral

According to local legend, St Andrews came into being in the 4th century when St Rule, who was a custodian of the remains of St Andrew in Greece, was visited by an angel who instructed him to take five of the saint's bones to the western edge of the world and found a city in his honour. St Rule set sail as instructed but was shipwrecked on the rocks by the present harbour. When he finally got ashore with the bones he proceeded to build a shrine to St Andrew. This area eventually became the site of the cathedral and subsequently St Andrew became Scotland's patron saint. The town is Scotland’s ecclesiastical capital. Unfortunately, like the castle, the cathedral is now in ruins.

Peat Inn Five

The Inn can be found approximately 5miles southwest of the town. It is one of Britain's top restaurants so be prepared to splash out. The food on offer consists of local specialities made with fresh local ingredients served in intimate surroundings. But do check the bank balance before you go.

Ma Belle's

40 The Scores. If it’s cheap and cheerful that you want, then this is the place for you. It can be found in the basement of the St Andrews Golf Hotel. The pub is a lively place popular with the local student population and the food is good and cheap.

Old Course Hotel

This is St. Andrews most famous hotel, located practically on the 17th tee. It is an expensive place but if you are taking a golfing holiday in style then this is the place for you. There is a big modern complex with leisure facilities that include a well-equipped spa. Tel 01334/474371, www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk

St Andrews Tourist Hostel

St Mary's. At the other end of the scale this recently opened backpacker hostel in situated in an attractive converted town house above the La Posada Mexican restaurant. There are heaps of dorm beds available but no doubles.

St Andrews Royal and Ancient Golf Club

This famous Golf Club is the international governing body for golf, and was founded in 1754 although the game itself was played here in the fifteenth century. Consequently Scotland has considered the home of golf for centuries. The associated British Golf Museum has a large display of clubs and memorabilia donated by famous players, plus pictures of golfing greats from Tom Morris to Tiger Woods.

Beach

The beach at St Andrews was made famous in the film Chariots of Fire and is every bit as wonderful, as it looks in the film. Although the weather does not allow for sunbathing very often, a brisk walk along the long beach with its beautiful white sand is a joy.

Golf

St Andrews is obviously THE place to play a round of golf.as the town is the legendary "Home of Golf". The St Andrews Bay Club has two championship cliff top courses which were built using the skills and expertise of legendary golfers, Gene Sarazen, Bruce Devlin and Sam Torrance.

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