What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name St. Andrews? Golfing, the oldest University of Scotland, green pastures? But did you know it is also a flourishing center for the arts, having been awarded the 2012 Creative Place Award, Scotland’s highest recognition for the arts, for its array of festivals and cultural events? Did you also know that the University of St. Andrews happens to be the largest employer of the region? St. Andrews claims to be one of the most romantic places to get married, with its medieval churches, chapels and other remarkable wedding venues. These scenic locations lend themselves to historic and romantic photo opportunities.
Golf, as we know it today, originated on what is now known as the Old Course at St Andrews Links. The game of golf was first recorded in 1552, even though it is believed that it existed since the mid 1400’s.
Today, the ‘British Open’ has evolved into the largest public golf center in Europe and has been held at St. Andrews for no fewer than 27 times. St. Andrews has certainly earned the title ‘Home of Golf’ and the dream of many golfers around the globe is to play at this amazing golf course. Tourism is a big part of the region and the locals are eager to provide an unforgettable experience for visitors.
You might be surprised to find out that St Andrews is a relatively small town, with an approximate population of 17,000. But with its remarkable history, the constant reminders of the bloody medieval times, stunning green pastures, the gorgeous St. Andrew’s Cathedral build in 1160, and the medieval street layout which has been retained to this day and contributes to the character of the city, this town is a treat for every history buff, and of course golf fanatic.
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