St Andrews Castle
The Scores, Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk… - 01334 477196
St Andrews Castle Saint Andrews Reviews
The Bishops Palace Oct 01, 2012
St Andrews Castle dates from the 13th century, originally built as a residence for bishops and archbishops when such positions of importance were more than just religious, but held political power as well, which was common before the Reformation. St Andrews itself was an important centre of religious life in medieval Europe, attracting pilgrims visiting the shrine of St. Andrews, so the castle was a place of some importance beyond just a defensive stronghold. During the Wars of Scottish Independence it changed hands between Scotland and England many times, and as a result, was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. The castle served as a notorious prison in the 15th century and a place of religious persecution during the 16th century in the times of the Reformation.
The castle sits on a rocky outcropping overlooking the Castle Sands Beach, so the views are rather picturesque. The castle is mostly in ruins and the majority of it can be seen from the perimeter walls, but it can be toured and there is a small visitor centre here with some information available before entering. As far as castles go, this one is probably more interesting for its historical place in Scottish history rather than the ruins itself, but it's worth a stop for a photograph or two and the views by the water.
Part of the A Sense of Scotland (Sep. 21 - Oct. 2, 2012) travel blog
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