st. Andrews

Forth To Tay

A church or sacred site

Destination hub

St James’s Roman Catholic Church, St Andrews

This building was designed by Reginald Fairlie and built between 1909 and 1910. It was his first independent commission; he went on to become one of the finest church architects in Scotland in the first half of the 20th century.

The former Martyrs Parish Church

All Saints Scottish Episcopal Church, St Andrews

St Leonard’s Parish Church, St Andrews

St Andrew’s Scottish Episcopal Church, St Andrews

Hope Park Church of Scotland, St Andrews

Blackfriars Church, St Andrews

St Leonard’s Chapel, St Andrews

St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews University

Holy Trinity Parish Church, St Andrews

St Andrews Cathedral

St Rule’s Church, St Andrews Cathedral

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All routes, coastal and inland, merge in St. Andrews, centre of medieval and modern pilgrimage, and a Celtic place of prayer. Columba and Andrew, Catholic Orthodox and Protestant conjoin, in a place where religious conflict in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries claimed victims on all sides.

Each of the town’s main thoroughfares points to the Cathedral. Explore the life of medieval pilgrims at St Andrews Museum. Visit the distinctive churches of many traditions, including Holy Trinity Parish Church in the centre where John Knox preached his first sermon as a Protestant. The University retains its medieval colleges, with St Salvator ‘s notable chapel. Then progress to the Cathedral with its ruined majesty and superb artefacts, including the St Andrews Sarcophagus, a masterwork of Celtic Christian stone carving, and the freestanding St Rule’s Tower. The relics of St Andrew, however, reputedly brought from Greece by St Rule were dispersed at the Reformation.

By pilgrim town and Cathedral ruin we come on the headland to St Mary’s Chapel by the sea, solitary point of contemplation, and probably the site of the first Celtic monastery. They took literally the command to carry faith to the ends of the earth. On a cold clear night you can look out on never resting waves beneath a still starlit sky.

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