The historic town is without doubt one of the most popular locations in Britain. St. Andrews is home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the famous Old Course. The attractions include Scotland’s oldest university, the Byre Theatre, beautiful award winning beaches, historic buildings and a wide variety of specialist shops and restaurants.
St Andrews Links is the most renowned golfing landscape in the world. It is the Home of Golf, the place where the game began and has been developed and nurtured over six centuries.
At the heart of the Links, is the Old Course but it has five 18 hole courses and a nine hole course alongside it. These are all public courses and with the seventh course, The Castle Course, on a site to the south east of St Andrews, comprise the largest public golf complex in Europe.
The Old Course is unrivalled for its history and prestige, the New and Jubilee offer true links challenges as does the Eden with a slightly lower yardage. The Strathyrum and Balgove are suitable for more relaxed rounds or beginners and families. And The Castle Course offers a new challenge, a Links-like course perched on the cliffs overlooking St Andrews.
On a headland to the north of the town stand the ruins of the castle, the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews, and the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland. Today, a siege mine and counter-mine can be explored, and the bottle dungeon viewed. Throughout history, the castle has been used as a palace, a fortress and a prison and is now a visitor centre with its own fascinating exhibition.
St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.
St Andrews Cathedral dominated the history of the medieval church in Scotland from its construction in the 12th century until the Protestant Reformation in 1560.
Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church, the cathedral was the seat of Scotland’s leading bishops (and from 1472 archbishops). It occupied a site used for worship since the 8th century AD, when the relics of St Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, are said to have been brought here.
The cathedral buildings are surrounded by a graveyard, and encircled by the most complete and imposing monastic enclosure walls in Scotland. Even in its ruinous state the cathedral remains a prominent landmark, and the focus of the three medieval streets of St Andrews.
Cycling, Beaches, Swimming, Sightseeing, Sailing, Boat Trips, Tennis, Windsurfing, Fishing all on your doorstep.
Cinema, Live Theatre, Museums all within walking distance.
St Andrews offers a vast choice of restaurants, pubs and cafes for eating out. Whether you prefer a fine dining restaurant or the ambience of an eatery popular with the student population, you'll never need to eat in the same place twice.
A walk down South Street can provide you with fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, cheese, fish and meat from independent suppliers. Add a few high-class delicatessens into the mix, a famous ice cream parlour, and an excellent bottle shop, and you have all of the ingredients for a gourmet heaven. Here, you will find shopping as it used to be offering first-class personal service.