St Andrews has long been known as a destination for tourists interested in soaking up a truly historical Scottish golfing experience. St Andrews is a university town that is steeped in history, with architecture dating back as far as the 8th century however the most famous landmark in St Andrews is of course the golf course. St Andrews Golf Course dates back to 1754 and actually governs many of the rules that are applied to the game of golf across the world. Thousands of eager golfers make the pilgrimage every year to either watch the open championships or to Play Golf in St Andrews with a group of friends.
Although this sea side town has much more to offer the adventurous tourist than golf, we would still highly recommend booking a golf tour if you plan on staying in the area for an extended period of time.
As St Andrews is a coastal town, visitors are treated to some of the best seafood restaurants that Scotland has to offer. One of the most famous and highly decorated seafood restaurants in St Andrews is, the very appropriately named “The Seafood Restaurant”, a restaurant that has been awarded 3 AA rosettes for excellence. The Seafood restaurant is in a class of its own, offering patrons locally sourced west coast mussels, scallops and oysters as standard. The restaurant also offers delicious St Andrews lobsters in a variety of dishes.
If you are not into fine dining and still want to sample some delicious locally sourced produce then you should also try the new Tail End Chip shop which serves a range of traditionally battered a deep fried fish served with chips and tartar sauce.
There is also a large amount of tours and activities around St Andrews to fit everyone’s tastes. One of the most famous landmarks in St Andrews is the Cathedral. St Andrews Cathedral is usually free to enter and wander about at your own pace, however if you would prefer to take on a more structured experience you can pay for a guided tour of the Cathedral. In the summer months it is also common to find special tour guide deals that also include a tour of the castle.
If you have a head for heights we recommend taking the tour so you get a chance to climb the 200+ steps up St Rule’s tower, some of the only remaining ruins in the Cathedrals grounds.
If you didn’t quite have the academic prowess to make it into St Andrews University there is still an opportunity to get a glimpse into the some of the mental powerhouses that the establishment has produced. The museum at St Andrews University plays host to some of the achievements and studies that St Andrews Alumni have produced over the years. You will be amazed at the contributions that have been made to mankind from such a small and unassuming part of the Scottish Coast.
If you are looking for more information on some of the great places and things to do in St Andrews then you can find more information at the Tourist Board website. Whatever you decide to do in this magical city you will leave with memories that will last a lifetime.