With many of our guests traveling to St Andrews for the first time, we thought it might be useful to put together a selection of the many sights and activities that this ancient coastal town has to offer.
The Old Course is probably the most recognisable and international images of St Andrews. The Old Course is the birthplace of golf and still hosts the Open Championship. You don't need to be a golfer to enjoy this scenic gem. A stroll along the West Sands - the famous beach (as featured in the film 'Chariots of Fire') acting as barrier between the Course and the North Sea - allows you to take in one of sport's most famous images. For those fancying a round of golf, slots are hard to come by for the Old Course itself. However, St Andrews - something of Golf's Disneyland - is home to eight courses, and you should be easily able to play one, should you like to. For beginners, a round of putting on 'The Himalayas' is a neat introduction to the sport. The British Golf Museum is also a must-see for true golf enthusiasts!
The University of St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university, owns many beautiful buildings around the town. Particularly concentrated along North Street and the Scores, a stroll around the area is a lovely way to take in the beauty of its architecture.
Dating from around 1200, the history of St Andrews’ Castle ruins ruins offer a fascinating and often bloody insight into life in medieval Scotland, including the brutal and cutthroat times of the Reformation. Built atop a cliff, its location was vital in protecting the town and today still provides breath-taking views.
Built in 1158, the ruins of St Andrews’ Cathedral were once the centre of the Medieval Catholic Church in Scotland. It fell into disrepair after the Catholic Mass became outlawed in the 16th century. There is a lot of history to take in on the grounds of this Catheral, and for the St Andrew's version of the Empire State Building, try a climb up to the top of St Rule's Tower. Views of St Andrew's cannot be bettered than on the roof.
To eat: The Seafood Ristorante (upscale dining right on the seashore); The Doll’s House (wonderful for a meal and also afternoon tea); Cromar’s (Fish & Chips); The Tail End (Fish & Chips); R Bar (on the lobby level of the Rusacks hotel, this ‘champagne and whisky bar’ boasts gorgeous views over the Old Course; also offers afternoon tea).
For kids: St Andrews’ Aquarium; Craigtoun Country Park.