St. Andrews in Scotland has grown incredibly famous as a result of its influence on the World of golf. Whilst stick and ball games have been around for Centuries, the 18-hole game that is now known and loved, was created on the Old Course at St Andrews and since then, the sport has taken on worldwide appeal and secure St. Andrews as a name on everyone’s lips. Despite its fame, this tiny town in Fife, Scotland offers tourists far more than just golf, there are a total of 11 courses here, but golf is not the be all and end all of a visit to St. Andrews.
If you fancy a trip to the Scottish coast then here are some of the top attractions which St.Andrews has on offer.
The Secret Bunker
Hidden below a Scottish farmhouse lies over 24,000 square meters of underground excitement by way of a hidden bunker. The bunker was built during the Cold War and had a nuclear bomb gone off, this is where the country would have been governed from. Today it is an exciting tourist attraction which you can visit.
Scottish Deer Center
Scotland is home to many different species of deer and you can get up close and personal with them in the Deer Center at St. Andrews. The 14 species of deer are not the only animals to see here, you can also see brown bars, the only wolf pack in Scotland and the rare Scottish wildcat. There are regular shows with bird of prey as well and any animal lover will have great fun at this unique animal center.
End Mill Distillery & Brewery
If there is one thing that Scotland does best, it is alcohol, beers, gins and more importantly, whiskies are one of the country’s greatest exports. Across Scotland there are distilleries and craft breweries and here in St. Andrews you can visit one of the finest in Eden Hill. You can take a tour around the place, learn a great deal about the process that goes into making these drinks and of course, have a wee sample at the end of the tour.
Once home to the Earl of Kellie, this intricately designed castle has been in place since the early 17th Century. The grounds that surround this protected castle are beautiful and feature a huge range of fauna for any nature enthusiast to enjoy. Within the walls of the castle you will find fine artwork and carefully crafted sculptures throughout the halls. Scotland has well protected heritage sites like this and you can enjoy this castle in fine condition.
Tour The Old Course
St. Andrews may be known for more than just golf bit that is no reason to ignore its greatest ever export altogether. The Old Course is part of the St. Andrews Golf Club and the game has been played here for over 600 years. You can take a guided tour of the course and walk in the footsteps of legends of the game on the World’s very first golf course.