Explore St Andrews most famous landmarks

St Andrews is a picturesque Royal Burgh on the east coast of Scotland, just a 10-minute drive from us at Elderburn Lodges. St Andrews Castle and Cathedral are two of the town’s most famous landmarks, and only a short walk from each other. Both date, in part, from the 13th century and are now in ruins.

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St Andrews Castle

During the middle ages, St Andrews Castle was the home of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews. They were important figures in the Scottish church, and the impressive size of the castle showed their wealth and power. The castle was repaired and rebuilt many times over history. As it came under attack during the Wars of Scottish Independence. And also in periods of religious tension and reformation. When bishops were abolished in 1592, the great building fell into disrepair.

Although the castle is now in ruins, there is still much to see. The impressive frontage still remains. And you can go into the underground mine and countermine, and look down into the bottle dungeon prison. There’s also a Visitor Centre with further information and displays.

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St Andrews Cathedral

This was the headquarters of the Medieval Catholic Church in Scotland. As with the castle, it was attacked many times and eventually left to ruin. However, it remains a huge and imposing structure with lots to explore. You can still climb the 33 m tall St Rule’s Tower, which offers magnificent views from the top. And there is also a museum on site, housing various sculptures and artefacts recovered from the cathedral.

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Visiting these historical attractions

Please check the Historic Environment Scotland website for all opening and closing times, ticket prices and dates of closure for the castle and cathedral. And if you’re looking for self-catering accommodation nearby, check out our range of luxury lodges. You can contact us here for more information or call us on 07840 801114.

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We stayed in lodge 4 which was by far the best holiday accommodation we have ever stayed in, immaculate, spacious, so well equipped. The books, DVDs and board games were an extra touch and came in handy for some family time after exploring during the day. The surrounding area is beautiful and so many things to see and do nearby. West Sands beach is clean and beautiful and Bishop’s Wood and Craigtoun Country Park about a mile away are both worth a look. There are so many things we didn’t get chance to explore so I think we will be back. I think we will struggle to find any other accomodation as nice as this. Many thanks to Anne and the team.

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