in St Andrews
Explore the history of St Andrews from its pre-history to the present.
Covering the legends of antiquity,
the turmoil of the Reformation,
the history and traditions of Scotland's first university,
and the stories of the home of golf.
- Beginning at the Harbour we discuss how St Andrew came to be
associated with this area, became the patron saint of Scotland, the importance of the harbour to the
development of St Andrews and the traditional scarlet-gowned student pier
- Moving up to the Cathedral we discuss the development of ever
increasing sizes of churches built in the area from the 8th to the 14th
centuries, culminating in the consecration of the cathedral in 1318 and
theories of its destruction in the 16th century. We discuss what
happened to the relics of St Andrew, and view some interesting
gravesites in the cathedral including those of famous golfers Old Tom Morris, his son
Young Tom Morris and Alan Robertson.
- Arriving at the Castle we discuss St Andrews' pivotal role in the
Reformation of the 16th century and the numerous "burnings at the stake"
which took place in the town at the time. We discuss the takeover of the
castle by reformers, the counter attacks by the authorities of the
time and the archaeological evidence discovered to substantiate the history.
The brutal murders in St Andrews didn't end with the Reformation and we
examine the echoes of the Reformation at the time of Scotland's National
Covenant in the 17th century.
- Moving through the town, we discuss the beginnings of Scotland's
first university - the third oldest university in the English speaking
links to the church of the time, some of its famous graduates, its
traditions, buildings and development over 600 years, and the challenges it
- Arriving at the Golf Courses we discuss the
development of golf in the area, why it is that St Andrews is the 'Home of Golf', why golf
was banned in the 15th century, why the golf clubs of the town don't own the
golf courses, why we play 18 holes, why there's a claret jug presented to
the winner of the Open Championship. We discuss some of the great golfers who have
been made famous at St Andrews and who in turn have made St Andrews famous.
We discuss the current pressures and controversies on golf in the town.
- By the end of the tour you will have a sound understanding of
what makes St Andrews - town, gown and golf - uniquely special and renowned
the world over as place of colourful history, academic excellence, and
the 'Home of Golf'
The whole tour is interactive with questions welcomed. Anecdotes of St
Andrews' history and culture are interspersed with in-depth and humorous insights into the town.
The tour takes about 90 minutes.
Tours run as needed. Please enquire about times and
Participants should wear good walking shoes and be capable of walking on some inclines.
Times: by prior arrangement
About your guide : Ken Cochran is a member
of the university court (the board of trustees) of the University of St Andrews.
He grew up in the St Andrews area and is a graduate of the University of St Andrews. He
also works in digital media and is the
producer of the St Andrews DVD - a documentary on the history of St Andrews. He golfs
regularly on the St Andrews Links golf courses.
To reserve a tour time,
please contact us.