Though comparatively small, St Andrews is world-renowned because the place the place golf was invented and its prestigious college (which is the third oldest within the English-speaking world). That being stated, past golf and college is a medieval historical past that dates again centuries. Better of all, there are heaps of the very best issues to do in St Andrews dotted all throughout this cosy little city.
After dwelling in St Andrews for a few years, and finding out at St Andrews College, I’ve come to understand how unbelievable the city is. It’s one of many greatest locations in Fife to go to for a day journey from Edinburgh or a wider Scottish street journey.
Sure, it is perhaps small nevertheless it has a lot going for it.
So, that will help you get probably the most out of your time, I’ve jotted down some locations to go to that I really like. You’ll have a tremendous time visiting St Andrews. Have enjoyable!
1.) St Andrews Cathedral
St Andrews Cathedral is perhaps in ruins nevertheless it’s one of many oldest buildings in St Andrews. Based again in 1158, it’s been round for practically one thousand years.
Simply shy of East Sands (on the east of the city), visiting the cathedral is among the greatest issues to do in St Andrews if you wish to discover the area’s Medieval historical past. You see, this was (and nonetheless is) the biggest church building within the historical past of Scotland.
With out dipping into an excessive amount of historical past, through the Reformation, Henry VIII started to separate the Church of England from the Roman Catholic religion. This led St Andrews Cathedral to be ransacked and left to destroy within the 1500s.
Now, though the cathedral was left to destroy, there may be nonetheless fairly a little bit of the grounds and the partitions to see and discover. As soon as right here, ensure to walk across the Jap wall and go to St. Rule’s Tower, too.
You’ll spend round half-hour exploring the location and it’s by no means too busy.
Visiting from Edinburgh? Guide this St Andrews and Fife village day tour that can take you round a number of the prettiest locations in Fife. It’s effectively value it in case you’re brief on time and straightforward as they plan all of the transport and timings for you.
2.) St Andrews College
I do know, I’m biased after finding out at St Andrew’s, however you must discover a few of St Andrew’s historic college buildings. In spite of everything, like I stated earlier than, it’s the third oldest college within the English-speaking world.
Based within the 1400s, the college buildings are dotted throughout St Andrews (and never in a single huge campus). This makes it very easy to identify some key websites and historical past as you’re strolling by city.
Make sure that to go to St Mary’s Quad, which is simply off South Avenue. Right here, throughout the centre of the quadrangle, you will see that the hawthorn tree which was planted by Mary, Queen of Scots within the 1500s.
Mary Queen of Scots lived in St Andrews for a while and it’s stated she even determined to marry once more while in St Andrews.It’s even stated that Mary Queen of Scots helped (in some half) within the founding of a library for the college. She had determined to go away her extensive collection of Latin books.
Oh, and don’t neglect to see the historic Principals Home inside St Mary’s Quad, too.
Afterwards, make sure to pop into St Salvator’s Chapel which was based in 1450. It’s so unbelievable to see.
Lastly, if you wish to be taught extra concerning the College of St Andrews (and its artefacts), ensure to go to the Museums of The Wardlaw Museum and the Bell Pettigrew Museum that are each free to enter and within the city centre.
3.) St Andrews Botanic Backyard
Okay, so don’t count on a Kew Backyard-style botanic backyard right here – nevertheless it’s nonetheless value slightly go to nonetheless.
Established in 1889 by the College of St Andrews it’s residence to a big assortment of unique and native crops which is free to enter in case you’re a pupil.
Though small, the view right here is wonderful there are gardens round and a small Riverside setting to see the assorted crops and flora which were collected over the previous few centuries. There are completely different ‘areas’ devoted to completely different species and this could simply explored on foot as you wander round.
Nevertheless, only a heads up, St Andrews Botanic Backyard is small and I wouldn’t make a concerted effort to go to except you’re passing by Canongate or actually desirous about Botany.
4.) St Andrews Fort
Proper on the rugged shoreline of the city, visiting the fortress is among the greatest issues to do in St Andrews to discover the city’s lengthy historical past.
Though in ruins, it’s a fantastic wayto step again in time in direction of the 13th century and be taught all about this medical fortress that stands overlooking the shore.
As soon as right here, ensure to see into the bottle dungeon – which is among the oldest prisons on this space of Scotland. You’ll additionally get to see a number of the Seige tunnels that also exist, courting again to the 1500s. They had been constructed below St Andrews itself and, though fairly claustrophobic, they’re unbelievable to see.
There’s a small entrance price to pay, nevertheless it’s value it when visiting St Andrews.
5.) West Sands Seashore
St Andrews has some unbelievable seashores, with West Sands being my absolute favorite. Stretching all of the size of the brand new course (golf), it follows the spit of land from the Outdated Course Clubhouse to the mouth of the River Eden.
It’s simply top-of-the-line issues to do in St Andrews in case you’re seeking to see the pure magnificence across the city, too. I used to stroll right here each different day and liked it.
Additionally, you would possibly recognise some components of West Sands. It turned well-known internationally because the place the place Chariots of Hearth a 1981 movie was made utilizing this Seashore for its opening scene.
6.) Stroll round St Andrews
Okay, so, for my part, top-of-the-line issues to do in St Andrews is to take a stroll round city. Anyplace between, The Scores and South Avenue are usually thought-about the ‘previous city centre’ with plenty of little cafes, outlets, pubs and eating places, too.
As you wander round, ensure to pop into Central Bar(which was my previous watering gap after I studied right here). It’s a correct pub, if that’s your factor and so they serve up a very good fish and chips, too.
One other spot for dinner is Forgan’s that’s on Market Avenue. It’s simply shy of Central Bar and effectively value consuming within the night. Their shepherd’s pie is so scrumptious.
7.) St Rule’s Tower
In St Andrew’s Cathedral, heading to the highest of St Rule’s Tower is among the greatest issues to do in St Andrews while you’re exploring the east of the city.
St Rule’s Tower stands over the Fort and St Andrews Cathedral ruins, which you’ll’t miss. It predates the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral and was constructed within the early 1100s; practically 1,000 years in the past!
There may be additionally a fantastic span of graveyards contained in the tower floor and it’s a sight to behold at the same time as ruins. Standing at 33 meters excessive, the view from this tower is spectacular; although be ready for a number of steps to get to the highest. Effectively, 168 for that matter.
8.) St Andrews Golf Course
Nestled on the western fringes of St Andrews, you’ll be able to’t miss the world-famous golf course. You’ll simply spot the brand new course and the previous course in case you’re heading to West Sands for a stroll.
Now, in case you fancy a recreation, inexperienced charges vary from £150-£250 (roughly). It’s slightly steep however the course is unbelievable. In spite of everything, that is the place golf began… on this very course! Which, by the way makes it the oldest golf course on this planet.
Now, I can’t say my handicap may be very low… which means I’m not nice at golf! But it surely’s effectively value a spherical while you’re right here and you may simply lease golf golf equipment on the town, too.
Better of all, St Andrew’s Outdated Course is public and open to all and is definitely top-of-the-line issues to do in St Andrews while you go to.
To make issues simpler, e book this guided tour of St Andrews that’s run by an area professional caddie that used to stroll these programs daily. It’s a lot enjoyable and effectively value reserving to get a very good historical past of the city.
9.) PH Signal
As you stroll North Avenue, make sure to look out for the PH cobblestones (at this level on Google Maps). You see, these cobbles are the location the place Patrick Hamilton was burned on the stake in 1528. He refused to resign his protestant beliefs and paid together with his life at solely 24.
Hamilton’s initials had been then set into the cobbles and might nonetheless be seen at present, with the cobbles depicting ‘PH’. Additionally, in case you lookup, above the faculty gateway, you would possibly even spot an eerie face in a single brick. Native legend states that is the face of Hamilton, however make of that what you’ll.
Now, there’s additionally stated to be a curse the place if any pupil walks over the PH signal, they may fail their diploma. I wholeheartedly by no means stepped on it for that very cause!
10.) Butts Wynd
After viewing the PH cobbles, ensure to wander down the fondly named, Butts Wynd. It’s a small alley that takes you from North Avenue to The Scores.
It is perhaps a brief 2-minute stroll nevertheless it’s effectively value going. In spite of everything, you’ll simply discover the Wardlaw Museum on the finish.
11.) St Andrews Harbour
Sure, St Andrews Harbour is tiny however it’s proper in the beginning of East Sands. Which, is one other nice seashore to go to, particularly round dawn. In case you’re an early riser, head over to the pier and stroll the world and beachfront itself.
The views are beautiful because the solar rises over the North Sea.
Plus, you’ll be able to seize a chew from The Tacky Toast Shack for breakfast. Fingers-down, they make a mac and cheese toast which is equally gluttonous and scrumptious.
Belief me, seize a chew right here! It’s top-of-the-line issues to do in St Andrews, which is one thing of an area establishment.
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