Things to do in St Andrews
Renowned as the home of golf, St Andrews pulls in the very highest standard of players from all over the world. While the Old Course is right up there with the world’s most prestigious and certainly top of any golfers’ list of ideal things to do in St Andrews, there are another six courses to choose from for those on a more ‘normal’ budget.
It’s not all about the gentleman’s game though as the city has much more to offer. From a historical perspective, the Cathedral and Castle are hugely impressive and offer great vantage points to inspect more of St Andrews and the east coastline of the country. Although both structures are showing the effects of centuries of Scottish coastal weather, there is enough there to let the mind wander to times past.
A pleasant walk into the town’s centre brings you to St Andrews many local artisan shops. This is one of the best things to do in St Andrews, hunting down lots of unusual produce that is generally excellent quality and a refreshing change from what you can find on the commercial stores on the High Street. The one big negative issue with St Andrews is the absence of a train station and as a result congestion on the approach roads and for parking are a bit of a challenge.
No day trip in this country should be without a heavy dose of full-blown nature and a trip down to West Sands delivers one of Scotland’s best beaches. Vast, sandy and with great views of the golf course and the castle it was appropriately used for filming in the film Chariots of Fire. The beach stretches for almost two miles and is perfect for a paddle, a walk, ball games or just to unleash the kids.