The history of St Andrews is believed to date back nearly 8000 years ago to the Bronze Age, when groups of hunter and gatherers came from the south and crossed the North Sea into the area.  Archeological discoveries around the town support this belief. 

            Celtic speaking people lived in the area from around 1500 BC to 500 BC.  The main pieces of evidence of these people are the graves and burial urns discovered around St Andrews. 

            Romans controlled the area from around 80 AD to the end of the 3rd Century. 

            It was in the middle of the 6th century when Christianity first came to St. Andrews and within the next 150 years, the Roman Church became a dominant force in the area. 

            The town got its name from having the relics of St Andrew brought to the area in the middle ages.   Whether these were actually relics of St Andrew is up for debate, but relics of someone’s were present at Kilrymont.  Throughout the middle ages, St Andrews was a major center for pilgrimages.

            Throughout its history, St Andrews has been the center of many religious activities.  At one time it was home to the largest cathedral in all of Scotland, containing a vast collection of medieval art.  

            Today, St Andrews is a major tourist destination for religious travelers, history buffs, and golf enthusiasts.  For more thorough information about the town, visit History in St Andrews.