St Andrews is also known world-wide as the "home of golf". This is in part because the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, exercises legislative authority over the game world-wide (except in the United States and Mexico), and also because the famous links (acquired by the town in 1894) is the most frequent venue for The Open Championship, the oldest of golf's four major championships. Visitors travel to St Andrews in great numbers for several courses ranked amongst the finest in the world, as well as for the sandy beaches.
A day trip to St Andrews is well worth the journey as the town has a number of visitor attractions in addition to the golf. The small harbour is picturesque and the ruins of the St Andrews Cathedral stand on the cliffs above with the ruins of St Andrews Castle close by. The West Sands beach at St Andrews are famous for the part they played in the opening scene in the movie Chariots of Fire, a scene which was re-enacted as part of the 2012 Olympics torch relay. The two-mile long beach is adjacent to the famous St Andrews Links golf course. Sand dunes on the beach, which have long protected the golf course, are themselves in danger of eroding away, and are the subject of a restoration project.
The Lade Braes Walk is a public footpath of about 1.5 miles (2.5km) which follows the route of a medieval mill lade through St Andrews. The walk starts in the town centre near Madras College and runs roughly westward, through Cockshaugh Park to Law Mill. The lade's function was to transport water from the Kinness Burn to the mill in the grounds of St Andrews Cathedral Priory and may have been built before 1144. In the late 19th century the lade was covered over and the area from Cockshaugh Park to Law Mill was landscaped and planted with trees. The remains of Law Mill, its grain drying kiln and water wheel are a category C listed building.
The Museum of the University of St Andrews is a small museum dedicated to the history of the University of St Andrews. The museum, which is free to enter, looks at the University's foundation, student life at the University, and innovative ideas and inventions associated with staff, students and alumni. The museum also shows a range of temporary exhibitions on different themes. Highlights of the displays include the University's three medieval maces, which are rare examples of ornate ceremonial University maces from the 15th century, and a large astrolabe dating from 1575.
St Andrews is about 70 miles from the centre of our area and provides a good family day out while staying in central Scotland. Why not consider a day to the beach while staying in one of Cooper Cottages self-catering holiday cottages. A visit to St Andrews can provide a pleasurable trip at any time of year.