Swilcan Bridge Tours

One of the most famous bridges in the world, Swilcan Bridge is the iconic stone bridge on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Sometimes spelled Swilken, it is a packhorse bridge that was once used by pack animals to travel between the town market and the harbor. Not all that common in Scotland, the bridge is just 30 feet long, eight feet wide and six feet tall and is likely about 700 years old, although no one really knows for sure. It was called the Golfer’s Bridge as early as 1810 and the first hole on the course was known as the Bridge Hole until the 20th century.

Spanning one of the most famous water hazards in golf, the bridge has become a cultural icon and it is the rare visitor who leaves St. Andrews without snapping a photo on it.

Practical Info

If you aren’t playing a round of golf at the Old Course, the best way to see the Swilcan Bridge is by booking a guided tour of the course. A full day tour from Edinburgh is also great way to combine a visit to St. Andrews with the surrounding area. Traveling independently, you can take the train from Edinburgh to Leuchars and, from there catch a bus or taxi to St. Andrews.
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Address: Old Course at St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
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Hours: Late March to late September
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Admission: Old Course tour, 10 pounds
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Shore Excursion to St Andrews from South Queensferry

Avoid the stress of planning on a small group tour to St. Andrews, with convenient round-trip transport from the South Queensferry port. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides background information on an in-depth walking tour of the oldest golf course in the world. The day's itinerary includes plenty of free time to explore at your own pace, grab lunch (own expense), and visit the Cathedral ruins.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Shore Excursion to the Kingsbarns Distillery and St Andrews from South Queensferry

Embark on this exciting distillery and St. Andrews tour with a pick up from your cruise ship, and enjoy a tasting of fine local spirits at the Kingsbarns Distillery and a walk of the hallowed fairways on the Old Course at St. Andrews.Also free time in St Andrews
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Shore Excursion to Kingsbarns Distillery and St Andrews

Explore St. Andrews without the hassle of planning on a day trip from Edinburgh ports and hotels. Sit back and enjoy sweeping views of the landscape as your guide navigates for you to the area’s top landmarks, including the oldest golf course in the world and the Cathedral ruins. For your convenience, snacks, water, and all entrance fees are included, as well as a whisky tasting at Kingsbarns Distillery.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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