Historic Scotland

Opening times

Open year-round.

 

Overview

Step through the best preserved city gate in Scotland, leading to the heart of a medieval town.

The West Port of St Andrews was built in 1587 as a monumental entrance to the city’s South Street. It was less a defensive structure than it was a symbol of civic pride.

Its design is based on that of the Netherbow in Edinburgh – which, in turn, was modelled on Paris’s Porte Saint-Honore. The gate was extensively refurbished in 1843.