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The Swilken Bridge - St Andrews, Fife

The Swilken Bridge in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

From overhead in low afternoon light.

In this view the 18th tee is off to the top of the picture and the 18th fairway is at the bottom of the image. (Looking back towards the tee.)

A word here about the spelling of Swilken, as in the burn and this famous and much-loved stone bridge on the 18th fairway of the Old Course.

The 1854 Ordnance Survey six-inch map identifies the Swilken Bridge as being on the road near the 17th green and currently called Old Station Road and the stone bridge on the golf course is called the Golfers' Bridge.

You can see them both easily in the image below. The bridge with the long parapet is the original location of the name.

On none of the old maps is it spelled “Swilcan”.

So, on this website it's going to be spelled Swilken. Unless YOU know better?


The Swilken Bridge in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Both bridges together.

You can see both bridges in the image above. The bridge with the long parapet (with cars parked on it) is the original Swilken Bridge.

The hump-backed stone bridge is now given that name.

(The flat green-topped bridge is just there for golf trolleys and caddy-cars and is relatively recent.)


The Swilken Bridge in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

The Swilken Bridge is world famous as a popular posing plinth.

This image shows the bridge acting as its regular support for a mature male model in smart but casual attire.

The 18th tee is off to the right and the 18th fairway stretches off to the top left.

The photographer is looking directly towards the Royal & Ancient with the man being photographed nicely framed by the bridge and the clubhouse.


The Swilken Bridge in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Looking back up towards the Royal & Ancient with the 1st fairway on the left and the 18th on the right you can see the meandering line of the Swilken Burn quite clearly.

The 1st green is just below the camera to the right and as this image was taken on a Sunday the course is not being used for golf but reverts to its use as public common land.



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