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St Andrews, Without the Golf

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A June 2002 trip to St. Andrews by kpvincent

Quote: I went to St Andrews because I'd heard it was a lovely town, and I dedicated no time at all to golfing attractions, since I can't play the game and really couldn't care less about it (shh, don't tell anyone).

St Andrews, Without the Golf

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Overview

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Both the cathedral and the castle are quite nice, and the climb up St. Rule's Tower is a definite must, if a bit strenuous for some of us. A visit to the beach is also worth it, and there is a small ice cream shop on the way down, so you can pretend it’s a hot summer day. Otherwise, a general stroll around the university and the town as a whole is quite relaxing, as it's a pretty town. We went for a walk along South Street around 11pm our first night there, and quickly found West Port, a surviving gate from the medieval city walls that stands at the western end of the street. It was built in 1589 and renovated in 1843. Another notable site on South Street is the Blackfriars Chapel. The Domi...Read More

St Andrews Tourist Hostel

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Hotel

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We weren't so sure about the place when we first arrived, because it was about 5 after 9pm, and on the door it said reception was only until 9. We rang the buzzer and climbed up one flight of stairs, and a confused-looking guy stared at us for a moment, and then said, "Were you looking for a couple of beds?" I said we had a reservation, and then we followed him into the reception room. He mumbled something about making people sleep on the floor, and counting on us not showing up that night. Then we paid for our beds and he directed us upstairs, quickly pointing out the kitchen, bathrooms and common room. But, after that, everything was great. The only negative (and this had apparently ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

St Andrews Tourist Hostel
Inchcape House, St Marys Pl
St Andrews, Scotland KY16 9QP
01334 479911

Littlejohn's

Restaurant

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This is a chain I have visited in Glasgow (though I think that one closed down, or at least moved). It is just a basic large sit-in restaurant/bar, with a menu covering a wide range. You can get everything from burgers to steaks to fish to Mexican. Meals are not too expensive, and you can easily spend less than £10 if you want to. They are open late and the restaurant is large enough that you won't need to make reservations, even on weekends. My friend and I shared a plate of nachos as an appetizer. I bought a salmon dish and couple of cocktails, and my total was about £15. The only problem my friend and I had was in acquiring the bill. Our waitress seemed to have that c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

Littlejohn's
Market Street
St. Andrews, Scotland

La Posada

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Restaurant

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When I realized that our hostel was in the same building as a Mexican restuarant, I was ecstatic--it had been over a year since I'd had Mexican food. I'd spent 5 months in Mexico before coming to Scotland, and even before that I was used to eating it nearly every day. So imagine my horror when we went down there the night we arrived, only to be told they were all booked for the night. I thought I might die, my taste buds having already been kicked into overdrive by the aromas sneakily wafting by. Reservations are clearly necessary in the evenings, but especially for weekends. So we tried the next day for lunch. And there were almost no other customers, so we had no problem getting seat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2002

La Posada
Inchade House, St Mary's Place
St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews Cathedral

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Attraction | "St Andrews Cathedral"

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St Andrews Cathedral is an impressive ruin indeed. It is hard to really visualize what the intact structure would have looked like, but it isn't difficult to see that it would have been massive. And rightly so, as it was Scotland's largest cathedral. Currently, the three most notable parts that survive on the grounds are the east gable, part of the west gable, and St Rule's Tower (part of the previous church on the site). Building on the cathedral was begun in 1160, but the building was not relatively complete until 1318, when it was consecrated. In the mid 16th century, the Protestant Reformation shook the Scottish Church, and St Andrews Cathedral was just one of many that was defaced, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews Cathedral

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Attraction | "St Rule's Tower"

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This tower is what remains of the 12th century St Rule's Church. The church was most likely originally built from the 1120s to 1150s, though there are some who think it may be earlier. The tower, over 100 feet high, sat between the nave and chancel. The nave is completely gone, but the chancel walls and arched entrance actually remain. A token is necessary to enter the tower. You insert the token and then you can enter through one of those scary revolving metal gates with teeth. It's such a tight squeeze that I had to take my backpack off and I still thought I might get stuck. Once through, you climb a short metal staircase, and then start on the tight stone spiral stai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2002

St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews Castle

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Attraction

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There is not a great deal left of this castle. It is surrounded on two sides by the sea, and parts of the castle have been falling into that sea for centuries. The setting is quite striking, and there is a small beach on the northeast side that is accessible from outside the castle grounds. The main entrance is called the South Front, and you enter here by crossing the new wooden bridge across the old moat. You’ll see the castle well in the courtyard when you first enter, and you can wander over to it and peer 16 meters down if you want. The tower that survives in the South Front is called the 4-storey Fore Tower, most of which is inaccessible, though you can explore the ground level. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

St Andrews Castle

St. Andrews, Scotland