St. Andrews Journals

St Andrews

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A travel journal to St. Andrews by MagdaDH_AlexH

St Andrews street view Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland More Photos
Quote: Possibly my most favourite town in Fife and one of the best in the whole of Scotland, St Andrews has everything: history, culture, great coast, good university (and, rather unfortunately, golf too).

St Andrews in General

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St Andrews street view Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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The county (or The Kingdom) of Fife is located between Forth and Tay, north of Edinburgh and south of Dundee. The prime destination in north Fife, and in fact in the whole of the Kingdom is undoubtedly St Andrews, a small town on the north-east coast of Fife. St Andrews is an ancient Scottish centre of Christianity, a location of the oldest university in Scotland, known more recently as the birthplace of golf. Despite being rather overrun with tourists and day-trippers, St Andrews is a place eminently worth visiting and easily affording a day or two days exploration itself.St Andrews has two decent beaches, the East Sands near the harbour which are smaller and perh...Read More

MUSA Museum of the University of St. Andrews

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Attraction | "Good wee museum, and free"

MUSA Museum of the University of St. Andrews Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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The Museum of the University of St Andrews, commonly known as MUSA, houses a collection of memorabilia, art and historical artefacts relating to the history of the oldest university in Scotland. The entry to the museum is free of charge and inside the visitor can see four galleries with various objects grouped thematically. On display there are old manuscripts, ceremonial maces of the Chancellors, old gowns and scientific instruments. There are also numerous displays that relate to the student life nowadays and in the old days of the University. Many of the exhibits are interactive, with activity stations and computer games suitable for children. There are also activity backpacks and treasure trails a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2012

MUSA Museum of the University of St. Andrews
7A The Scores
St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9AR

East and West Sands

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Attraction | "Wide West Sands"

East and West Sands Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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West Sands in St Andrews is an iconic, vast beach stretching along the famous St Andrews Links which comprise the Old, New and Jubilee golf courses. The beach stretches for almost two miles from the town to Eden River Estuary. Most of it is tidal, but at low tide a huge expanse of sand is exposed and available. The beach is flanked by grassy dunes along which runs a car-accessible road with several parking areas. The beach was a setting for scenes in the Chariots of Fire film. It is a popular location for swimming, walking, running, sand yachting and kite flying. The beach is very tidal: at high tide there is hardly much sand left, and at low tide there is a huge expanse of sand stretchin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2012

East and West Sands

St. Andrews, Scotland

Byre Theatre

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Attraction | "Good local venue"

Byre Theatre Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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One of the principal performance venues in the Tayside, the Byre is a major St Andrews attraction and offers a variety of performances throughout the year. The quality and content of the shows varies, from local amateur dramatics to lavish performances with a large cast; from music and comedy to classic drama and family pantos.The last time we went to the Byre was for the Aladin panto at Christmas time and it was a fun, traditional show which particularly excelled in scenery and visuals in general, from lights to impressive costumes. The auditorium is relatively small, but comfortable and the visibility should be good from pretty much every location (I didn't get a chance to t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2012

Byre Theatre
Abbey Street
St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9LA
01334 475000

St Andrews Castle

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Attraction | "Good Castle but Not a Must-See"

St Andrews Castle Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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St Andrews castle was originally a bishop's seat, and there has been a castle on the site since the 12th century. At the time of the Wars of Scottish Independence, the castle was demolished and rebuilt a few time, to be then destroyed by the Scots in 1336-1337 to prevent the English from using it. The castle was rebuilt around 1400 by Bishop Walter Trail and was used by Bishops, Scottish royal family and also as a prison. During the Reformation, the castle was a centre of major controversies and conflicts between the Catholics and Protestants Bishop David Beaton imprisoned and then burned at the stake the preacher George Wishart, and in turn was himself murdered by the protestants who gai...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 29, 2009

St Andrews Castle

St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews Cathedral

Attraction | "The Iconic Sight of St Andrews"

St. Andrews Cathedral Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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I am not a golfer, so don't associate St Andrews with taht sport - but still love the town for the atmospheric streets, beach, cultral life and historical buildings it abounds in. My favourite historical sight is the perhaps best known and popular of St Andrews old buildings (now, the most significant part of it is a ruin).Historical St Andrews focuses on the glorious ruin of a huge cathedral church on a high cliff above the sea. It is often visited on a combined ticket with St Andrews castle, but is arguably the better of the two sites and simply unmissable one. Of the cathedral remain two walls with spiky towers and bases of many clumns. The tombs are doted around, but becaus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 29, 2009

St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews, Scotland

Glass House Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Great Value Set Lunch"

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The Glass House in St Andrews is a modern restaurant (part of the House restaurant series, or chain) which is located in a former Salvation Army church hall opposite the historic university quadrangle on North Street. The restaurant thus combines a historic, rather ancient structure with very modern, quite sharp design: the name is apposite as a lot of the front facade is a large window, and inside there are mirrors and sleek wood. The restaurant claims to use locally sourced and seasonal produce, and thus has a changing menu. We were attracted by a lunchtime offer of two courses for 5.95 GBP (which is excellent value for a proper, sit-down meal in St Andrews) and we were not disappointed...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2010

Glass House Restaurant
80 North Street
St. Andrews, Scotland
+44 (0)1334 473673

St. Andrews Aquarium

Attraction | "Nice but Overpriced"

St. Andrews Aquarium Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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The St Andrews aquarium is nothing special as far as aquaria go: a good but not wonderful selection of species displayed in an almost endearingly old fashioned way. There are some very attractive creatures there, includining lovely tropical fish and fascinating stone fish.I liked the fact that some of the larger tanks were open, this didn't necessarily make seeing the things easier but created a more natural, more pleasant feel. May daughter who is fascinated by turtles loved the little sea turtles that were on display, while everybody in the family liked the seals living in large basins outside. All in all, a pleasant hour can be spent at the St Andrews aquarium, a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 29, 2009

St. Andrews Aquarium
The Scores Central Waterfront
St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland KY16 9AS
01334 474786