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The Swilcan Bridge

The Old Course | St Andrews Links, St Andrews KY16 9JB, Scotland
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The famous Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course at the Home of Golf. The bridge was originally built over 700 years ago so shepherds could move their flock across the Swilcan Burn which meanders through what is now the 1st and 18th fairways. Today the Swilcan Bridge, with the 'Auld Grey Toun' providing the most beautiful of backdrops, is one of the most iconic settings in golf. So much more than a little stone crossing, the Swilcan Bridge is the history of the game, it's the magic moments, it's felt the footsteps of the true greats.
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The Old Course | St Andrews Links, St Andrews KY16 9JB, Scotland
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"photo opportunity"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A tiny bridge in the middle of the golf course in St. Andrews. Not accessible to public (except on Sundays, as I were told) because there would be golfers playing around the bridge.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If in St Andrews this is the place for a picture and everyone has seen them but it is special to experience the course and then walk over the bridge.

Thank Hatso
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only challenge is getting an opportunity to stand on it and take a photo as this is such an iconic view and such a busy location with golfers passing or people using it as a wedding photo.

Thank Bob50M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a golfer you need to walk over the bridge, and of course have a photo taken, and on Sunday there is no golf and it’s open as a public space.

Thank Tabby2011
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Awesome place to stop for a picture! We loved the grounds and getting to walk the course. Highly recommend

Thank Peyton W
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

It’s just a wee bridge, but a famous wee bridge, making it special. It’s fun to see people of all ages posing on this bridge for keep sake photographs.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

If you are in St Andrews and have a free Sunday morning there is nothing better than walking the hallowed turf of the old course and soaking up the hundreds of years of history below your feet On a Sunday the Old course is closed...More

Thank Ally S
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Golfers cross The Swilcan Bridge on their way from the green at notorious Road Hole to the 18th tee at St Andrews. It is probably one of the most photographed small bridges in the world. In fact, the wee stone bridge of Roman design was...More

Thank Nigel D
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

This is a must for any true golfer , the home of golf ⛳️ a Mecca for golfers from all over the world. The opportunity to be on one of the smallest yet most significant bridges in the world is not to be missed. With...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

You can’t help but feel he history when you visit, I was a little disappointed though that it had fake grass on one side which kind of took the shine off

Thank MartinFrain
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Trudy C
1 April 2018|
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Response from Marie Q | Reviewed this property |
You can walk the old course every Sunday (it’s open to the public then) as there is no play that day but I see you are there on a Thursday ☹️☹️ so players will be out on the course so it’s unlikely unless you are there very... More
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Ashleigh W
5 June 2017|
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Response from greggo772 | Reviewed this property |
I Think St Andrews would frown about a dog on the course . Wouldn't hurt to ring and ask especially as you only needed to go on The Swilken Bridge .
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Paul W
2 October 2016|
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Response from StAndrewsLinks | Property representative |
It is possible to get a photo on the Swilcan Bridge. We would however advise you to be extra careful when entering the course. Please be aware of the golfers playing off the 18th tee as, understandably, priority must be... More
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