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Cathedral, Saint Andrews

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Ancient Cathedral and Cemetery in the Heart of St. Andrews

St. Andrews Cathedral is actually a ruin, but a spectacular ruin well worth seeing. In the first place, entry is free, so it won't cost you anything but time, and your time will be well spent. The Cathedral was at one time the largest in Scotland, and the ruins still give an impressive indication of its former grandeur. Several walls and towers still stand, and the ruin is perhaps more beautiful than it ever was in its earlier incarnation. The walls surrounding the grounds still encircle an ancient cemetery, which holds the graves of Old Tom Morris, as well as many well-known St. Andreans, ancient and modern. Although a cemetery may sound like a strange place for an afternoon walk, the cathedral provides a very picturesque and peaceful setting to enjoy the sun.

The grounds also include the ruins of an old abbey, and a museum which houses some of the more interesting archaeological and architectural finds from the grounds. There is also a small gift shop which offers a chance to buy souvenirs if you are so inclined.

Once you've seen what there is to see at the Cathedral, you can exit by one of the back gates and find yourself atop the cliffs overlooking the sea, and from here it's a short walk to the harbour, the pier, or the Castle. [more ]

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