Things to do in St Andrews

St Andrews, a historic town in Fife, Scotland, is renowned for its prestigious university, medieval streets, and beautiful coastal scenery. Established over a thousand years ago, the town’s rich history is intertwined with the origins of golf and the establishment of the University of St Andrews, the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. The town’s architecture, with its mix of medieval, Victorian, and Edwardian buildings, offers a picturesque backdrop to its vibrant cultural scene.

Aside from its academic and historical significance, St Andrews is globally recognized as the ‘Home of Golf’. The Old Course at St Andrews Links is considered by many to be the ultimate pilgrimage site for golf enthusiasts. The town also boasts beautiful beaches like West Sands Beach, which gained fame from its appearance in the film ‘Chariots of Fire’, and it serves as a gateway to exploring the wider landscapes of Fife.

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  • St Andrews Links: Known as the ‘Home of Golf’, this iconic golf complex offers seven public courses including the world-famous Old Course. A must-visit for golf enthusiasts seeking to walk in the footsteps of legends.
  • Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA): Explore four floors of exhibits showcasing the history of Scotland’s first university through artifacts and interactive displays.
  • British Golf Museum: Located near the Old Course, this museum delves into golf’s global history with engaging exhibits and memorabilia.
  • St Andrews Castle: Discover ruins that tell tales of bishops and sieges. Don’t miss exploring the unique underground mine and counter-mine.
  • St Andrews Cathedral: Wander through Scotland’s largest medieval church ruins to grasp St Andrews’ ecclesiastical importance during medieval times.
  • East Sands Leisure Centre: Enjoy family-friendly activities ranging from swimming pools to fitness suites along East Sands beach.
  • The Byre Theatre: Experience live performances ranging from drama to comedy in this modern theatre with deep historical roots in St Andrews since 1933.
  • Kellie Castle & Garden: Explore this stunning 14th-century castle surrounded by magnificent gardens just outside St Andrews. Art lovers will appreciate its connection to famous Scottish artists.
  • Crail Pottery: Visit this charming pottery studio nestled in a picturesque fishing village nearby. Witness artisans crafting beautiful ceramics firsthand.
  • Fife Coastal Path: Embark on scenic walks along this route stretching from Kincardine to Newburgh. Capture breathtaking views and discover secluded beaches along your journey.
  • Jannettas Gelateria: Indulge in award-winning gelato at this family-run institution that has been delighting taste buds for over 100 years.
  • St Andrews Farmers’ Market: Held on the first Saturday every month, explore stalls brimming with local produce, crafts, and gourmet treats reflective of Fife’s rich culinary heritage.