St Andrews is the “Home of Golf” and has one of Scotland's most breathtaking coastlines facing the North Sea. There are a plethora of activities, not only for golfers but for spa lovers, adrenaline junkies and history buffs. It is a beautiful town with something for everyone. Please see below for a few of our most popular activities:
St Andrews Castle and Cathedral Ruins
The castle, which dates back to 1200, served as the Bishops' Palace for centuries and was the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland. Destroyed during the Reformation, the castle is now in ruins; however, a modern Visitor Centre provides detailed insight into its storied past.
British Golf Museum
St Andrews is synonymous with golf and for many, making the pilgrimage to St Andrews fulfils a lifelong dream. The British Golf Museum is a living shrine and follows the game from its days of inception to modern day.
St Andrews Museum
Opened in 1855 as a private residence, the spectacular Kinburn Castle was converted to a museum in 1991. The museum chronicles St Andrews life from Medieval Times to present day. It features an extensive collection of archaeological items, archives, social history, coins and medals, music and other interesting artefacts.
Fife Coastal Path
The Fife Coastal Path, which was completed in 2002, runs from Colross through St Andrews and on to Tay Bridge. The path, which has seven different sections, offers exceptional views of Scotland's majestic coast. Each section features numerous points of interest along the way.
St Andrews Aquarium
Bursting with sea life, the famed Seals and the cute Meerkat’s, St Andrews Aquarium is a must visit, especially for families.
West Sands and East Sands Beaches
The perfect way to spend a day; walk down the two mile stretch of West Sands Beach, setting to the opening scene of the film Chariots of Fire. Alternatively watch the world go by on the quaint East Sands Beach, next to St Andrews harbour where you can also watch fisherman at work.
The Byre Theatre
The Byre, in operation since 1933, opened its current state-of-the-art facility in 2001. It offers a diverse program of classic and contemporary drama, dance, concerts, opera, comedy and film.
Shopping in St Andrews
St Andrews has numerous shops lining its streets, most offering unique merchandise not readily available elsewhere.
For further attractions and events please take a look at our Event Calendar.