St Andrews

Fife | Town | ★★★★

[St Andrews from St Rule's Tower]

University town, the home of golf, magnificent ruined cathedral and castle, an attractive coastal setting... St Andrews seems to have got the rub of the green when it comes to tourist attractions, even if you don't want to play the world-famous courses. Two magnificent beaches are particularly underrated - the more extensive West Sands was the filming location for the start of Chariots of Fire. Many visitors find the centre surprisingly small, and it's probably only thanks to the large termtime student population that St Andrews has a bustle about it that's rare in similar-sized Scottish settlements. It's certainly a bit of a bubble, with an almost English feel and in complete contrast to the rest of Fife.

[Approaching St Andrews and East Sands from the south on the Fife Coastal Path (18/10/14]

Location & info

📌 St Andrews ★★★★
Fife, G.R.: NO 509167 ///butlers.butter.roaming

🚶 St Andrews is a rewarding place to explore on foot, with all the interesting local sights within a 20-min walk of each other.
🚌 The nearest railway station receives frequent long distance trains from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and even London, but it's a few miles away at Leuchars (with bus connection). It may be easier to use one of several bus routes from Edinburgh, Dundee or other towns in Fife.
🚗 Parking can be a little tricky in this busy town during high season; pay to park in the centre or look further out for free spots.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> British Golf Museum (not yet featured)
>> St Andrews Aquarium ★★★★
>> St Andrews Castle & Cathedral page: St Andrews Castle ★★★★; St Andrews Cathedral ★★★

📌 St Andrews East Sands
Off Woodburn Place, 5-min walk south of the town centre, G.R.: NO 518163 ///suddenly.amazed.comments

📌 St Andrews West Sands ★★★
Off West Sands Road, 5-min walk north of the town centre, G.R.: NO 504174 ///wire.alpha.tourist

>> Walk: Fife Coast - Kingsbarns to Cathedral ★★★

[St Andrews Cathedral]


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