A good first stop exploring the town is the St Andrews Tourist Information Centre on Market Street, near the old fountain in the wide cobbled section of the street.
Walking and exploring the town - snippets and suggestions
- See the East, Castle and West Sands beaches, via the harbour, cathedral and castle. Recreate the ‘Chariots of Fire’ beach run on the West Sands for yourself!
- Much of the older town is University buildings - the St Leonard’s, St Salvator’s and St Mary’s quads are very attractive. In the latter is a tree planted by Queen Mary.
- You can explore the St Andrews Cathedral grounds for free but for a view from St Rule’s tower we recommend the joint cathedral and castle entry fee.
- St Andrews Castle has some interesting features including a toilet over the sea, a rather nasty prison cell and a siege mine into which you can crawl.
- While walking around the town, visit the famous Janetta’s Ice Cream shop on South Street - long queues are testament to the popularity and amazing collection of flavours.
- There are many pubs and restaurants - ask a local. We like the Whey Pat for a drink after work and may meet there informally some evenings after talks are finished.
- St Andrews Botanic Gardens
- Lade Braes Walk off the beaten track for tourists but much loved by locals. Visit Hallow Hill to see early Christian cists (stone coffins).
- Look up ‘The Fife Coastal Path’ - a potentially ambitious walk… but you could take the bus back.
- MUSA: Museum of the University of St Andrews (free entry)
- The Bell-Pettigrew Museum - just past St Mary’s quad.
- The Kinburn Museum Just up the steps and across the park from the Mathematics Institute this has a small cafe too. (free entry).
- British Golf museum
- St Andrews Aquarium
- St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum and Garden (free entry).
- St Andrews Links Trust golf. For info about ‘Himalayas’ putting, the driving range and the golf courses.
- Kinburn putting (at the Museum - see the link above).
- British Women’s Open Golf Tournament
- The East Neuk Model Railway Club - including a mini steam train which children may ride.
- Craigtoun Country Park - great family park
- Fruit farms with activities include Allanhill (edge of St Andrews, kids play area, cafe and fruit sales) and Cairnie (Cupar area, multiple activities, fruit picking, shop and cafe). Muddy Boots farm has multi activities and a shop and cafe too. All easily found by online search.
Sport and Leisure
- The University Sports Centre
- The East Sands Leisure Centre - swimming pool, squash, etc.
- The New Picture House cinema
- The St Andrews Lawn Tennis Club. Non-members may play cheaply. Tickets from Kinburn Museum.
Outside St Andrews
- Dundee. The City of Discovery - see Scott’s ship. Also the The Frigate Unicorn. Or the statue of Desperate Dan (comic book character) in the city centre!!
- The East Neuk coastal villages are especially picturesque: Crail, Anstruther (award winning fish and chips) and Pittenweem. take buses.
- Scotland’s ‘Secret Bunker’, Kellie Castle or maybe the Hill of Tarvit (Breugel painting there!)