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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well I find it amazing you can walk out here and stand on it. No one to stop you no fence. So if in area golf fan or not this bridge is world famous.

Thank JimmyJackk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is what it is! An iconic piece of golfing history. You can walk right to it anytime as long as you don't impede golfers playing the 18th.

Thank hotelgirl1986
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the famous bridge on the 18th fairway on the St Andrews Old Course. There is not much to it. There is public access to the bridge but you have to wait for the golfers to play through.

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Over 700 years old - historic bridge that the greats ( Nicklaus, Snead; Ballesteros, Woods, Palmer, Player etc ), have all walked on and stopped and peered over the great landscape of St Andrews - a must for all.

Thank Steve-70
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The Old Course is over 600 years old; Swilcan Bridge on the 17th 700 years old. We are walking in history as we cross the fairways. The course (walkable) by the public is amazing in itself. We loved being there. The staff we encountered were...More

Thank Dorothy H
Reviewed 7 November 2017

regardless of how revered the mystique is of the old course, the Swilcan Bridge is one of those small but significant structures that we have in our world. It is a vista of sporting elegance, grace and history that must be visited, photographed, and most...More

Thank amsam
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

The most famous view in the world. So glad to live not too far away to visit & see the enjoyment of others visiting for the first time. Lovely at any time of year.

Thank McAnnie1
Reviewed 31 October 2017

When we visited St Andrews on a Sunday, we were told that it was in order for members of the public to walk over the Old Course. We could not resist this opportunity and walked round the 18th Green. It was an iconic moment for...More

Thank Jim D
Reviewed 28 October 2017

When we came around the corner and the golf course was in sight, I thought my husband was going to start running down the road towards it. Talk about excited! It was truly amazing to see the bridge in person and Eddie the security guard...More

Thank BeeRee67
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We played the Old Course and had to get our Caddy to photograph us on this iconic Stonebridge. Great round of golf in superb October weather

Thank Yorkshire1245
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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 .
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
16 August 2016|
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Response from Jane M | Reviewed this property |
They do a tour of the old course if would want other wise you can as everyone has said just wonder on but only on Sunday's !!