Sitting on the wind-wracked eastern coast of Scotland is a town steeped in history, culture and acclaim; St Andrews. Known across the U.K. as the site of Edinburgh’s first university, and amongst golfing fans as hosting The Old Course, golf’s spiritual abode, the town is a great place for anyone to visit, be it for a family day out, gentlemen’s golfing weekend or a couple’s weekend away. There’s heaps to do and see in St Andrews, and these are some of the best things available to visitors.
The Old Course
Part of St Andrews Royal and Ancient Golf Club, The Old Course is a public course open all year round to players, at least when there isn’t a world-leading competition going on! Right now the Open Championship is taking place on the links, with sports commentators such as Betway predicting a win for Jordan Speith, however looking past the professional goings-on this course simply needs to be played for one to truly understand the hype and significance surrounding it. Just make sure you book well, well in advance!
St Andrews Cathedral
Built in 1158 the surviving ruins of the largest church ever to have been built in Scotland are a true wonder. Whether one is looking up at the dizzying spires of the east tower, or taking in the surrounding town and countryside from atop St Rule’s tower, the Cathedral is a historical monument of enormous proportions, delighting young and old alike.
Perfect for a family day out, West Sands Beach is a 2 mile long stretch of near-white sands running adjacent to St Andrews Links golf course. The beach was used as the setting for the well-known scene in the film Chariots of Fire, however today visitors are more likely to be seen supping ice creams and building sand castles than running!
St Andrews Botanic Gardens
Often described as the town’s ‘hidden gem’, the Botanic Gardens are a oft-overlooked part of St Andrews that every tourist should see. Flowers, plants and trees of every variety are featured in amongst the gardens, and visitors can enjoy guided walks through the grounds and all manner of activities for the little ones are available year-round.
St Andrews Castle
Wind-blasted and utterly dramatic, St Andrews Castle juts out of the coast like the rocks that bear its decrepit walls. As well as towers and battlements, visitors can enjoy a visitor centre that hosts a large number of historical artefacts and exhibits. Take the kids – they’ll be enthralled!
This post was written by Jillian Ferguson for Take on the Road.