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Review of The Swilcan Bridge

The Swilcan Bridge
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Private St Andrews Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Owner description: 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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“Little gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

If plane loads of Americans and Japanese, golfers and non golfers alike makes a beeline in this little bridge for their photos to be taken then it must be really good. Somewhat like the Eiffel Tower! Easy to access, the water underneath is very clear and clean you almost feel like you want to dive in for a swim. It's the beautiful backdrop of the Royal and Ancient building and the blending of the first and eighteen fairways that makes this bridge the perfect spot for a souvenir photo. The fact is all the golf gods has crossed this bridge you'll feel that you get to be a part of history if only for a minute. For free and easy parking go over the Swilcan Restaurant and Pro shop car park. You can check out the merchandise in the pro shop (all over priced obviously). You can either walk towards the RA building and watch the nervous group teeing off on the 1st and the group putting on the 18th or directly cross over on the middle of the 1st and 18th fairway (make sure you are clear before walking across) if you are in a hurry to get to the bridge. There is a guided tour (highly recommended and very cheap), Just go to the hut located on the right side of R&A building where you can meet the official guide. Duration of tour is one hour.

Visited August 2013
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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“What a bridge!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

So easy to access, makes a fantasic picture. I had mine made into coasters! Best to go when there aren't golfers playing, which can be hard, so you can pose. Otherwise just take the picture of the bridge which is easy. I did get one in winter with all the snow with my daughter and one of my son-in-law on the bridge which made fantasic coasters!

Visited August 2013
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Amory, Mississippi
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“Finally Walked Across This Famous Bridge!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Have seen this bridge on TV and never believe I would walk across the bridge! Was awesome! My husband played the Old Course, but I did not! He walked across as he played, but I was able to make a picture of me on bridge!

Visited August 2013
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Hanover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

great spot for a picture

Cool part is even if you are not playing, you can walk out and have your picture taken with the R+A in the background

Go on Sunday if you do not want to deal with all the golfer. Old is open to all as a park

Visited July 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Possibly one of the most famous bridges in the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

Worth having your photo taken on the Swilken bridge, like all of the best golfers in the world over the years, although you need to pick your time when the 18th's clear, and the Americans, Japanese, etc. aren't hogging it.

Visited August 2013
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