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Saint Andrews (Scotland, U.K.)
St. Andrews (Scotland, U.K.)
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Travel Tips for Saint Andrews
Pier walk in Red Gowns
St Andrews University, my alma mater, was founded in 1410, and is steeped in tradition. One such tradition is the Pier Walk, where students don their distinctive red gowns, which were originally designed to prevent them from straying into houses of ill-repute and taverns, and walk down the pier. The sight of the red gowns as people walk down the pier is a very distinctive one, and the bracing sea air and the whole social nature of the event makes it a remarkable affair. Pier walks normally take place after the morning service at the University Chapel on North Street.
St Rules Tower
Now part of the Cathedral Historic Scotland site, St Rules predates the considerably bigger building by approximately 100 years. At the time of its completion, the tower was the tallest in Scotland (a spire was added in the Middle Ages, making it more so).
Originally, ladders between the wooden floors were the only way to the top - a stone spiral staircase was added in the 18th century and is now the only access for the balcony at the top which gives fantastic views of St Andrews and the surrounding coast.
It's exposed location meant that St Andrews did not develop as a major fishing centre, but nevertheless there is a picturesque (although very small) harbour that separates the East Beach from the rest of the town.
Aberdour Castle - Doocot
Aberdour Castle still has an intact doocot (dovecote). It was used for nesting pigeons, which supplied much needed food for the Lairds table in winter. This was quite a common feature for castles in Scotland
A lovely small town with much to see
Saint Andrews is best-known as the birthplace of golf and as the university town where Prince WIlliam goes to school, but it's got a lot more to offer. The remains of the castle and the cathedral perch scenically on the edge of the North Sea, and with the sound of the gulls and the waterbirds you feel like you've wandered into someone's ruined sandcastle. A compact town center with lots of quaint houses and good shopping round out the experience. Saint Andrews has atmosphere.
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