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Saint Andrews Priory, Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland
St Andrews Priory.

The Fife Coastal Path, The Kingdom of Fife Web Site, Scotland St Andrews has a unique place in Scotlandís heritage. It takes itís name from one of Christís apostles and was an important religious centre in medival Scotland from where the bishops wielded great influence over Church and State. It's Priory was a centre of learning; Scotlandís first university was established here.
St Andrews was also a rich, bustling market town and many features of that time remain in the pattern of streets and wynds and in the character of the houses and historic sites. John Knox preached his first sermon in St Andrews, in 1547. He was imprisoned for two years as a galley slave on a French ship because of his Calvinist beliefs. Other Protestant reformers were executed or burnt at the stake. They are commemorated by the Martyrsí Monument.
University of St Andrews, Fife
University of St Andrews.
St Andrew Castle, St Andrews, Fife
St Andrews Castle.
St Andrews became a Royal Burgh in 1620, but had been a market town for centuries. The town centre is still laid out as it was when the streets were full of market stalls and traderís calls. The town traded widely, principally by ship with the Low countries. In its medieval heyday, 300 vessels tied up at the harbour, many early traders bringing supplies to the former priory.

St Andrew's sweeping bays, sandy shores and cliffs attract a rich variety of sea birds and marine life. The West Sands are featured in the popular film ĎChariots of Fireí.

West Sands, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
West Sands, St Andrews.

St Andrews Golf Course, Fife, Scotland
St Andrews Golf Course.

St Andrews is also a well known centre for golfers. The Society of St Andrews Golfers was set up in 1754 and eighty years later became the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, now the governing body for the rules of golf in most countries. The town boasts six courses, including the world famous Old Course. It is also the home of the British Golf Museum.

There is lots to see and do in St Andrews, but here are some suggestions of places worth visiting:

  • St Andrew's University: Scotlandís first university with some amazing architecture.
  • The British Golf Museum
  • Sea Life Centre: Similar to Deep Sea World in North Queensferry, good fun for the kids, but overpriced.
  • St Andrews Cathedral
  • Craigtoun Country Park: A large area of parkland with a minature train, boating pond, trampolines, crazy golf, nature centre and greenhouses. Perfect for a family day out - donít forget the picnic!
St Andrews Priory, Fife, Scotland
St Andrews Priory.
St Andrews Castle, Fife, Scotland
St Andrews Castle.

 


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