St Andrews Travel Guide

Situated on the east coast of Scotland, the charming town of St Andrews is famous for its large golf course and university. Nature lovers will find that the town makes a great base to use while exploring the coastal region of Fife and there are plenty of pretty hiking and walking trails to be found here as well as long and lovely stretches of sand. The town is also steeped in rich history which can be seen in its impressive buildings, while being a university town it also boasts a vibrant and diverse nightlife scene.

Things to see and do in St Andrews

Swilken Bridge – St Andrews, Scotland

The famous Swilken Bridge on the Royal and Ancient Golf course, St Andrews Scotland with Clubhouse and Hamilton Hall in background.

St Andrews is home to the Royal and Ancient golf course, which is one of the oldest golf courses in the world. This is a great place for visitors to get back in to the swing of things, while people who are visiting in the month of October should make sure that they book tickets for the Dunhill Cup that is held here each year.

Founded back in 1889 St Andrews Botanic Gardens consists of a collection of beautifully landscaped gardens that come in various different styles such as the tranquil water garden, the wild heath garden and the Chinese garden, there are also eight glass houses for visitors to explore that are filled with a colourful collection of tropical flowers and plants.

People who want to unwind on a sunny day and enjoy the harbour in all its glory should take a stroll along the pier. From the very end impressive panoramic views can be enjoyed that take in the whole of St Andrews Bay as well as the mighty mountains of Angus in the far distance.

St Andrews Cathedral – St Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews Cathedral on a sunny and clear day.

Situated just five miles from the coast at the entrance of the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May is a small and picturesque island that is just waiting to be visited. Boat trips are available once a day and provide visitors with the chance to gaze out at the coastline and catch glimpses of puffins, seals and whales.

St Andrews, Scotland

View of St Andrews, from the West sands beach, Fife, Scotland.

While there are three lovely stretches of sand to be enjoyed on the edge of St Andrews, West Sands Beach is by far the largest and is fringed by sand dunes. Castle Sands and East Sands are also great places to soak up the sun and features several shops and other amenities within easy walking distance.

Climate conditions

It tends to get rather chilly in this part of Scotland, especially in the winter months. Summer is the best time to visit with the hottest and driest months being June to August, although there are still plenty of sunny days to be enjoyed in May and September.