Saint Andrews, one of the most charming towns in Scotland

I admit that I can not be objective when talking about Scotland. It is a country that I fell in love with and I plan to return one day, and I already had the good fortune to travel much of its territory in a one week route. It is true that I did not stop traveling kilometers with the car and that tires, but it is also true that every day I woke up with the motivation to go see something precious.

One of those precious things is called Saint Andrews. It is a small coastal town of just over 16,000 inhabitants that I recommend you go to, and not just because it is one of the oldest towns in Scotland.

Ruined cathedral and castle

Don't expect to see a well-preserved cathedral or a castle as amazing as Glamis Castle. In Saint Andrews both buildings were reduced to ruins, something that in my opinion also has its charm. The cathedral, which began construction in the 12th century and was not completed until 1318, became the largest building in the country. Everything until the religious reform of the 16th century came, which led to a looting that ended the cathedral and the popularity of the town, which at that time was one of the most important in Scotland.


A renowned university

Saint Andrews University is not just any university. It opened its doors in the XV century, between 1410 and 1413, and currently continues to function divided into four faculties: Arts, Theology, Science and Medicine. It is the oldest in Scotland and one of the oldest in the United Kingdom, as well as being very prestigious. It is attended by students from all over the United Kingdom and even from the United States.


The birthplace of golf

Golf lovers know that Sanint Andrews is a must stop. The town is considered the birthplace of golf, since there is the oldest golf club in the world, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews It was founded in 1754 under the name of St. Andrews Golfers Society.


Historical Center

We are talking about a town that you can easily explore on foot. I recommend you see the cathedral and the castle, but also stroll through its historic center. They are only four streets and you can stop at bars and restaurants to take a break. Of course, do not expect a lot of variety.

There is also another area with newer housing designed for golf course staff and university students.


Oceanic climate characterized by rains

Like anywhere else in Scotland, you should wear a umbrella always in tow for what may happen. Scots often leave it at home because they are used to it, but it never hurts to take it to get rid of a cold. That or putting on a raincoat, which in the end ends up being the most practical.

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