Scotland's oldest university is the alma mater of John Knox (Protestant reformer), King James II of Scotland, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate), and Chris Hoy, Scotland's Olympic cyclist. Founded in 1411, the university's buildings pepper the town. For the quintessential University of St. Andrews experience, St. Salvator's Quadrangle reveals the magnificence of this historic institution. Looking out onto this impressive college green is the striking St. Salvator's Chapel, founded in 1450. It bears the marks of a turbulant past: the initials PH, carved into the paving stones under the bell tower, are those of Patrick Hamilton, who was burned alive outside the chapel for his Protestant beliefs.
Museum of the University of St. Andrews. With four galleries, the Museum of the University of St. Andrews exhibits more than a few austere paintings from the 1600s all the way up to the present day. You'll also find clothing, furnishings, and decorative
arts. It also has sweeping views over St. Andrews Bay. 7A the Scores, KY16 9AR. 01334/461660. www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa. Free. Apr.–Sept., Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. noon–4; Oct.–Mar., Thurs.–Sun. noon–4.