Things To Do

Welcome to the historic town of St Andrews

With its roots tracing back to the 6th century, St Andrews offers a host of exciting attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re seeking family-friendly adventures, historical marvels, or opportunities to immerse yourself in nature, this charming town has something for everyone.

St Andrews is renowned for its magnificent beaches, offering picturesque settings for leisurely walks, picnics, or simply basking in the sun’s warmth. Golf enthusiasts can indulge in their passion on prestigious courses, experiencing the sport amidst stunning coastal landscapes.

Nature lovers will delight in the beautiful parks, gardens and tranquil walking trails that St Andrews boasts. Meanwhile, history enthusiasts can delve into the town’s rich heritage by exploring iconic landmarks such as St Andrews Cathedral and Castle, which stand as testaments to its ancient past.

The town centre itself serves as a vibrant and bustling hub, characterised by its diverse array of independent shops, inviting restaurants, cafes and galleries showcasing local artistry. All of this unfolds against the backdrop of St Andrews’ breathtaking Royal Burgh, adding to the town’s irresistible charm and allure.

Whether you’re in search of adventure, relaxation, or cultural exploration, St Andrews promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you enchanted by its timeless appeal.

Himalayas Putting Green

The St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club, aptly known as ‘The Himalayas’, is a challenging 18-hole putting green next to the St Andrews Old Course. Good fun and with a rich history, this course is capable of giving the strongest golfers a run for their money.


Botanical Gardens

The St Andrews Botanical Gardens are a 15-minute walk away in the Canongate and are home to over 8,000 different species of plants across an 18-acre space. The gardens also run special events throughout the year which are worth a visit.


St Andrews University

The St Andrews University campuses are a 10-minute walk away, directly on the other side of Market Street with various buildings dotted around the town centre. The St Andrews University student union can also be found at the bottom of market street.


Eden Mill Distillery Tour

The Eden Mill whisky and gin distillery tour gives you a chance to see where some of Scotland’s finest spirits are brewed and a chance to sample them too.


Kingsbarns Distillery Tour

The Kingsbarns Distillery offers various tours of different lengths to give you the perfect introduction to scotch whisky through a tour of the distillery itself, followed by an opportunity to sample their award-winning single malt, ‘Dram to Dream’.


St Andrews Brewing Company Tour

The St Andrews Brewing Company brewery tour is a great chance to see behind the scenes of one of the finest breweries in Fife. An hour-long tour with the opportunity to sample multiple beers on the way round, with a brewery tap room available at the end for all tour guests till 10pm that evening.


St Andrews Aquarium

The St Andrews Aquarium is one of the best aquariums that Scotland has to offer, hosting a range of reptiles, amphibians and aquatic life. The Aquarium is just a short 15 minute walk away


Blown Away Surf School

Blown Away is a mobile outdoor experience company specialising in beach based activities and is fast becoming one of Scotland’s most established exciting activity providers. With a string of awards including a Visit Scotland 5 star as well as being AALA registered, Blown Away’s awesome adventures are normally based at West Sands beach, St Andrews.


East Sands Beach

Close to the old harbour and the Pier, the East Sands are the smaller of the two beaches in St. Andrews. It is part of the Fife Coastal path and accessible from the town centre.

West Sands Beach

St. Andrews West Sands is famous for being the shooting location of the Chariots of Fire (1981) beach running scene. It extends for almost 2 miles parallel to the Old Course, it has car parking spaces and is just a 15 minute walk from the town centre.

The Fife Coast

The Fife Coastal Path can be accessed from East Sands at the south end of the beach and runs all the way down to North Queensferry, over a hundred miles of beautiful sea views. Alternatively, if that sounds a bit extreme, the walk from St Andrews to Kingsbarns is lovely and it only takes 3-4 hours to complete the 8.5 mile route.


V&A Museum

The V&A Museum in Dundee is Scotland’s first and only design museum, hosting a wide variety of artefacts and exhibits, from historical clothing and film costumes to one of a kind pieces from famous Scottish artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi.


Bell Pettigrew Museum

The Bell Pettigrew Museum is a 5-minute walk towards Market Street and is host to a wide range of zoological exhibits, including various skeletons and taxidermy specimens, along with a cast Diplodocus leg.


St Andrews Cathedral

The ruins of one of the largest cathedrals in Scotland lie at the end of the two main streets of St. Andrews. In the south of the cathedral visitors can access the St. Andrews Cathedral Museum, that showcases an outstanding collection of carved stonework from the Pictish era.

British Golf Museum

The British Golf Museum is just down the road on Bruce Embankment and is home to some of the greatest pieces of golfing significance, from ancient golf clubs to a pair of Seve Ballesteros’ shoes.


St Andrews Museum

The St Andrews Museum is a small museum held in an old Victorian mansion that documents the rich history of St. Andrews, from its medieval past of the 12th century, to the flourishing golf and university town that it is known for today.


St Andrews Castle

Just 5 minutes to the north of the city centre stand the ruins of St. Andrews Castle, the residence of bishops, a prison where many important figures of Scottish history were held and an important centre of the Scottish Reformation.

St Andrews Heritage Museum & Garden

Visit a 17th century house and garden close to the Cathedral and Castle. The Heritage Museum and Garden will give you insight into the social history of St. Andrews in the 1800 to present day.
Additional Attractions

While you’re in St Andrews, why not enjoy some of the additional attractions on offer?

For golfers and non-golfers alike, the town has a broad variety of activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Be it restaurants & bars or other things to do, we have an abundance of attractions for all ages.

Cities Nearby

Dundee   13.6 miles
Perth   34 miles
Edinburgh   52 miles