20 Facts About St Andrews


St Andrews is a town on the east coast of Fife in Scotland, 10 miles southeast of Dundee and 30 miles northeast of Edinburgh.

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St Andrews had a recorded population of 16,800 as of 2011, making it Fife's fourth-largest settlement and 45th most populous settlement in Scotland.

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The name St Andrews derives from the town's claim to be the resting place of bones of the apostle Andrew.

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The burgh of St Andrews was first represented at the great council at Scone Palace in 1357.

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Today, St Andrews is served by education, golf and the tourist and conference industry.

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St Andrews is represented by several tiers of elected government.

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From 1975, St Andrews was administered by North East Fife District Council and Fife Regional Council.

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The median age of males and females living in St Andrews was 29 and 34 years respectively, compared to 37 and 39 years for those in the whole of Scotland.

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In 2016, St Andrews was reported to be home to the "Most Expensive Street in Scotland", with average house prices in The Scores in excess of 2 million pounds.

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St Andrews has a temperate maritime climate, which is relatively mild despite its northerly latitude.

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St Andrews is about the furthest north annual levels of above 1500 hours are encountered.

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St Andrews Railway provided a connection to the main Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line at Leuchars railway station.

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Ruins of St Andrews Castle are situated on a cliff-top to the north of the town.

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Today, St Andrews is home to one secondary school, one private school and three primary schools.

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University of St Andrews, which is the third oldest English-speaking university and the oldest university in Scotland, was founded between 1410 and 1413.

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Famous winners at St Andrews have included: Old Tom Morris, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

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West Sands Beach in St Andrews, Scotland, served as the set for the opening scene in the movie Chariots of Fire.

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Museum of the University of St Andrews is a small museum dedicated to the history of the University of St Andrews.

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St Andrews Botanic Garden is an 18-acre botanical garden in the Canongate suburb to the south of the town.

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St Andrews Aquarium is located on the cliff foot of the Scores overlooking West Sands.

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