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Discover the birthplace of golf at St Andrews, a quaint hamlet nestled on Scotland’s wind-swept eastern coast overlooking the North Sea. Stay close to the university town and famed golf course when you visit with Inspirato. Fife and Lennox are spacious residences nestled on the grounds of a grand 15th-century castle that’s steeped in medieval history.
A charming seaside town on Scotland’s scenic east coast, St Andrews is perhaps best known as the birthplace of golf. The game was first played at the Old Course at St Andrews, featuring 18 legendary holes that have hosted the biggest names in the sport. It’s a vibrant college town as well, home to St Andrews University, the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world (and the famous alma mater of Prince William and Kate Middleton). Be sure to visit West Sands Beach to watch a spectacular sunrise over the chilly North Sea, just north of campus.
St Andrews is also rich in medieval history and speckled with the ruins of 15th-century castles and cathedrals. Leave some time for side trips through the countryside, where you can immerse yourself in the broody scenery—like misty glens and wind-swept cliffs—for which Scotland is so well-known.
Tee off on the oldest golf course in the world: the storied seaside Old Course at St Andrews. Home of the Swilcan Bridge—an old stone bridge which spans the first and 18th holes—the course overlooks undulating coastal bluffs.
This historic university was founded in the 1400s; it’s believed to be the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world (after Oxford and Cambridge). The hallowed grounds of the campus are open to the public to tour.
Step back in time to explore 450 years of history (plus tunnels and dungeons) at the ruins of this grand stone castle, which served as a bishop’s palace, a fortress, and even a prison over the centuries.
The town of St Andrews, Scotland enjoys a mild, brisk temperature year-round, with highs peaking in the mid-60s in the summer months and lows dipping to the 30s in the winter months. Precipitation remains fairly constant throughout the year, with an average of about 1.5–3” of rain per month—though it’s slightly rainier in the winter months.