Guardbridge, 3 miles north-west of St Andrews and just south of Leuchars stands at the head of the estuary and lowest bridging point of the River Eden.
The six-arched Old Guard Bridge (or Gaire Brig) from which the town's name is derived was built in the 15th century. River crossings were always important locations and the village grew up at crossings of the River Eden and Motray Water. It is thought that the name my be derived from the fact that pilgrims in the Middle ages, heading for St Andrews, congregated here before meeting the guards who would escort them for the final part of their journey.
A whisky distillery was founded here in 1810 by William Haig but this was later converted into a paper mill. Paper is still made here today.
Bridge across the River Eden with
the paper mill in the distance to the right -
Photo: Jim Bain CCL