By Jay Lloyd

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (CBS) — Scotland has long been a magnet for American getaway seekers. Voters in Scotland are at the polls today to decide on a future as an independent nation or to remain part of the United Kingdom.

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Americans have been fascinated by the tale of “Braveheart” William Wallace, who wielded a broadsword instead of a ballot to wrest Scotland from the English.

He failed, but American visitors flock to the site of his legendary Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The West Gate of St. Andrews. (Credit: Jay Lloyd)

The West Gate of St. Andrews. (Credit: Jay Lloyd)

For most Yanks, the picturesque town of St. Andrews, on the North Sea, holds a more popular attraction.

One visitor said he comes to Scotland for recreational reasons: “To play golf at the home of golf.”  This is where golf became a national obsession.

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The Royal and Ancient Golf Society and the Old Course (the birthplace of golf). (Credit: Jay Lloyd)

The Royal and Ancient Golf Society and the Old Course (the birthplace of golf). (Credit: Jay Lloyd)

During a visit, an innkeeper talked about another national treasure that fascinates Americans: “Anything to do with malt whiskey.”

But today, some burning questions.  Will the Queen still visit Balmoral Castle?  Will Prince William and Kate attend a St. Andrews University reunion?  And will we exchange dollars for pounds, euros, or something else?

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