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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 yesterday

Because it was Sunday the links were closed down and we able to walk out on the famed golf course and pose for our tourist pictures on this historic little bridge. Beautiful views as we walked from the hotel to the city center. All of...More

Thank dhen
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband loved seeing St. Andrews, and was particularly taken with the Swilcan Bridge. Unfortunately, when we visited, the bridge was closed. It was clearly barricaded and marked "Keep Out", but people cheated, as people often do. We photographed it from a distance. We did...More

Thank Elphaba63
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether on the walking tour or not, you can run out between groups of golfers and get a photo taken on the bridge. Just have a friend along to snap the photo.

1  Thank john h
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked over from West Sands Beach (Chariots of Fire) on a Sunday morning so the course was closed. Beautiful setting and it only took a few minutes--glad we did it.

Thank Fred K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Got to play Old Course after waiting on list all day. What an experience!! St. Andrews Links staff is terrific! Thanks a bunch.

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok we've all seen the magnificent Old Course in St Andrews during the Open, looks amazing. The 18th features the Swilken burn with, the Swilken bridge. Step on the footsteps of golfing giants , but be aware , it reallly is tiny ! Great for...More

1  Thank Vincent W
Reviewed 1 week ago

On Sundays you can walk the course and great photo opportunity on the bridge! So much fun to walk across this bridge that all the best golfers in the world have been there!

1  Thank TravelLux2000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

my favorite shot is of my husband on this bridge. He was lucky enough to play the course as well. Beautiful setting

1  Thank Deborah E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

He links society have the grass either side of the bridge as GUR which spoils people's photos with wire barriers - a real shame Folks - people come here sometimes just for this photo, please let them make it a good one and maybe make...More

Thank OmanRob
StAndrewsLinks, Marketing at The Swilcan Bridge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Rob. Thanks for getting in touch, we appreciate your feedback. Like you say, a lot of people take pictures on the Swilcan Bridge and not just golfers so the traffic over it is very heavy. The small green frames are there to protect newly...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a tiny bridge it has such allure for the golf lover. We were there on a Sunday when the course was closed for play and folks were politely lining up for photos. Beautiful location!

Thank ShamrockNC
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Ashleigh W
4 June 2017|
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Response from DrKenRam | Reviewed this property |
The course is closed on Sundays. People walk the course like a park. Pets are allowed
Paul W
1 October 2016|
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Response from StAndrewsLinks | 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
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 !!