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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 2 days ago

This is a famous small stone bridge in St Andrews Links golf course between the first and eighteenth fairway of the Old Course. Built at least 700 years ago, for shepherds to get their livestock across. An iconic bridge, it is a great place to...More

Thank nellielim
Reviewed 3 days ago

An iconic place to have your photo taken in the middle of the 18th fairway. A tiny little bridge but like many other things at St Andrews more than the sum of its parts.

Thank BrushM
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a place that all avid golfers must see on any trip to St. Andrews! You could feel all the history here!

Thank samanthajfindlay
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bridge isn't far from the road, so if you wait until the golfers pass, you can run over and stand on it. We didn't bother, but we took plenty of photos. Too bad I don't golf anymore, the Old course looked interesting. Can't figure...More

Thank Donald D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove down from Isle of Skye to Edinburgh and stopped by St Andrews on the way through. It was 9pm but it was still light out. Nothing was really open but we got to swing by the course and take pictures on the bridge....More

Thank ctboarder
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you get the change to stay near St Andrews or are playing the course, try to get in on Sunday so that you can walk the course without golfers and enjoy the views and course pre round.

Thank Nick G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The course always looks brown and barren on tv, but it was anything but. On the day we were at The Swilcan Bridge, the golfers were so friendly and let us go on the course to take photos at the bridge. Everyone we came in...More

Thank SueLovesDuke
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a Sunday when the Old Course was hosting an amateur tournament. Originally, we thought we wouldn't be able to go out and take a photo on the bridge; however, there was a course official who directed groups out to the bridge and...More

Thank Ryan0114
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By timing your visit so you can quickly run on after the golfers tee off of 17, you can actually snag a quick photo on the bridge. Just think how many famous and not-so famous people have crossed the bridge...over centuries! Truly a thrill!

Thank betty313
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The golfers and staff are very forgiving of the tourists like us who just pop over the fence for the must have photo on the little bridge. However do use your common sense and look for close golf play, do not get in the way...More

Thank Janet L
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Ashleigh W
Are dogs allowed on the bridge
4 June 2017|
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Response from cla53 | Reviewed this property |
It's on a golf course so maybe when course is closed you can.
Paul W
are you able to walk out to the bridge for photo on Monday -Saturday?
1 October 2016|
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Response from LisaCameron | 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
Are there set tour times on Sunday?
15 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 !!