St Andrews

A Collegiate Beauty


You know when someone says that a place has everything and you think to yourself that it couldn't possibly? It's likely they were talking about somewhere like St Andrews.

This medieval town is the perfect day-trip from cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. If you've come to Scotland for ruined castles and haunting cathedral graveyards with a seaview that will steal your camera's attention, you'll find it here.

Maybe you're one of the few who know the sport of golf originated in Scotland and have come exclusively to see the ancient golf course. Stand on the wee Swilcan Bridge for that iconic shot.

If all you want to do is sit in a pub or cafe that once hosted royals, take in the passersby with a pint, scone, or cup of tea in hand, then wander the shops and spend money you really shouldn't... St Andrews has you covered.

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Why you'll love St Andrews


St Andrews Castle

In 1801, the Great Hall collapsed, plunging into the sea below. What remains of the castle today has a powerful view and fascinating history.

Be wary if you visit during the late afternoon, for the White Lady is said to linger among these haunting ruins.

St Andrews University

Maybe you've just stepped into Hogwarts. Or maybe it's the University of St Andrews, Scotland's very first university. Founded in the 15th century, this impressive institute has a notable alumni list including Prince William and Benjamin Franklin. But don't be fooled by its distinguished facade and history, it has its share of fun, including the annual Raisin Monday Foam Fight.


Did you know that in 1457 golf was banned by King James II of Scotland for being 'too popular'? He'd shudder to know how popular this Scottish sport is today. Six centuries of golf have been played in St Andrews and the Old Course is known around the world as the Home of Golf.

Who Was St Andrew?

For more than 1,000 years, St Andrew has been the patron saint of Scotland.

You can see him on our national flag to this very day in the diagonal cross - the Saltire - which represents his death by crucifixion.

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