The Swilcan Bridge

The Swilcan Bridge, St. Andrews: Hours, Address, The Swilcan Bridge Reviews: 4.5/5

The Swilcan Bridge
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Bridges
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
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Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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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Steve
London, UK597 contributions
The Most Famous Bridge In World Golf
Sep 2020
A piece of golfing history, wonderful picturesque views up the 18th and back to the road hole 17th green
Written February 19, 2021
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x_Boots_x
Sutton, UK268 contributions
I'm just like Jack
Oct 2020
You should be like Jack too.. and Tiger, and Seve, and all the rest of the heroes that have walked that hallowed turf. It's a great feeling to walk over the Swilcan Bridge.
Written October 5, 2020
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Alan L
Glasgow, UK43 contributions
Piece of history
Sep 2020 • Couples
If you visit St Andrews and have an interest in golf you just have to have an iconic picture taken on the Swilcan Bridge. All of the great golfers over time have all crossed over the swilcan with many stopping to have a photo taken for ongoing posterity. Where else can you enter such a historic sporting arena and simply wander about taking the customary photographs - course is closed on Sundays and public free to walk on/across the famous links.
While many others will be doing the same just wait your turn and in not too long you are posing on the bridge like others before you. What a wonderful experience - a must for all golfers !
Written October 4, 2020
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Kaisersmith
Leeds, UK203 contributions
Piece of history.
Sep 2020 • Friends
You can’t come to St Andrews without stepping onto the Swilcan Bridge. To make your experience better go on a Sunday when the Old Course is closed to play but free to stroll around. You literally are walking on a piece of history !
There wasn’t much of a wait for a photo opportunity.
Highly recommended.
Written September 17, 2020
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richsimpsonhk95
Leeds, UK3 contributions
Picturesque
Aug 2020
What more can you say when visiting the home of golf with the sun setting on a beautiful day. Photos on the bridge on the Sunday was perfect and certainly makes the golf enthusiasts of our family jealous!
Written August 5, 2020
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robnh61
Stockport, UK1,358 contributions
Photo opportunity
Jul 2020 • Friends
This little bridge in the 18th fairway is an iconic image of the Old Course. An ideal photo opportunity
Written July 23, 2020
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Nilindy
Glasgow, UK1,087 contributions
Iconic - like the zebra across Abbey Road
Feb 2020
Perhaps the most iconic view in golf; the old bridge over the Swilken burn with the R&A clubhouse in the background. No sportsman can ask for more. Was a bit like the zebra crossing on Abbey Road with queues of non-golfing tourists waiting for a chance to be “snapped” while crossing the bridge.
Written March 27, 2020
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hallmark35
Kings Langley, UK124 contributions
Lives up to the hype
Mar 2020
You have to have your photo on the Swilcan Bridge if you come to St Andrews.

What a view up the 18th and so much history
Written March 17, 2020
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LMarie M
Saint Louis, MO41 contributions
You Are There Do It!
Sep 2019
Just make sure you are not intruding on players from Hole 17, and just run out and get your picture. It is fine with the course staff, so just do it. You may never be back, and you are walking on history!
Written March 8, 2020
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Ron B
5 contributions
The most photographed bridge in the world!!!
Apr 2019
BUT That's my opinion. If you like history too bad this bridge couldn't talk. It is said to be over 600 years old, and sets the stage for many great events pictures. I don't know of a person or group of golfers that wouldn't stop to get their picture taken.
Written March 7, 2020
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