St. Andrews Stories and Tips

St Andrews in General

St Andrews street view Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland

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 perhaps a bit more cultivated, and the West Sands, a magnificent expanse of sand along the Duke's Course. You can see the golfers on the course as you walk by.

Historical St Andrews focuses on the glorious ruin of a huge cathedral church on a high cliff above the sea. The tombs are doted around, the whole site is enclosed within walls, and covered in grass. It's old, venerable, slightly spooky and yet immensely refreshing as well. The site entry is free, but there is a small museum which charges entry fee, allowing also the visitors to climb up 108ft high St Rule's tower, affording a wonderful panorama of the whole of St Andrews and a large swathe of the country around it.

Further along the high-cliff path (called The Scores) from the East Sands towards the golf courses and the West Sands is the St Andrews Castle (available as a joint ticket with the Abbey Museum and the tower). It's now another of those superior ruins Scotland does so well, with the history dating to 10th century and a long-standing role as the seat of bishops and archbishops of St Andrews and thus the principle centre of the Scottish Church. It's now a fascinating visitors attraction, with informative displays and evocative remains of the walls, towers, dungeons and even underground tunnels .

Fans of golf will be interested in visiting the British Golf Museum, a rather bunker-like structure at Bruce Embankment, and some might even want to play at THE Old Course at St Andrews or at least have look at the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse.

Apart from attractions, St Andrews is a very pleasant place to walk about, with an affluent and civilised feel similar to exclusive areas of larger cities. It has a good theatre (The Byre), which houses a very pleasant bar/cafe (and the play area upstairs is THE place to shove your children in while you relax with a coffee or a drink after a day traipsing beaches, streets and ruins.

Nearby across the river Eden is RAF base Leuchars, and each September they put on an air show, reputedly one of the best in the UK and worth aiming for if you are into military aircraft.

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