St. Andrews - Home of Golf
Duration: 4 1/4 hours
Tour Code: squ-004
Golf enthusiasts won't want to miss this tour that visits the famous golf club at St. Andrews.
Between The Firth of Forth and The Firth of Tay the North Sea border county of Fife contains a land of gentle hills, cut by the River Eden flowing eastwards to St. Andrews. Named after Scotland's patron saint, St. Andrews is the home of the world's oldest golf club, the Royal and Ancient, founded in 1754. The Club is the headquarters of world golf and the supreme authority in golfing matters.
Even from a distance, St. Andrews delights the visitor. It is a town for all seasons and all tastes. Set on the east coast, surrounded by countryside, St. Andrews is part of a kingdom in its own right, central to Scottish history in learning and devotion. Scholars walk through the quiet alleys and lanes, where men at arms once raced in the fury of the Reformation. There have been other dramas as well - crowds from all over the world have gathered round the 18th hole of the famous Old Course, knowing just how much depended on a single putt.
Departing by coach from Leith, it's a picturesque 1-hour drive along the main route that runs northwards from the Forth road bridge. You route then branches off onto country roads with fine pastoral views as you head ever closer to St. Andrews.
On arrival into St. Andrews, you'll make a brief photo stop at the atmospheric ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral, which are among the most photographed in Scotland. The great east window and surviving foundations give an impression of the size and splendor of the edifice. The cathedral was founded in 1160 by Arnold, Abbot of Kelso, but the turbulence of medieval Scotland delayed its completion until 1318. It grew to become the longest and greatest church in the land, unequalled anywhere else.
Your tour continues with a panoramic drive through St. Andrews, viewing the bustling market town, and then it's onward to enjoy an overview of the layout of the golf courses. An exterior view of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews is included. This venerable golf club has been of central importance in the evolution of the game, both in St. Andrews and world-wide.
You'll have time for a guided short stroll around areas of the Old Course, or to browse in one of the many small specialist shops selling golfing memorabilia and items of golf clothing, before commencing the return drive to Leith via Cupar and the central areas of Fife.
Please note: This tour can include up to 1 1/2 hours of walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour is considered suitable for wheelchair guests who can make their way on and off the coach. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of sites visited may vary.