St Andrews offers plenty of things to see and do – and you don’t even have to play golf.
Visit St Andrews has a nice list of sites and activities. These include visiting the castle and cathedral, having an ice cream (at Jannetta’s), and a walk along one of the amazing beaches. St Andrews even has its own brewery and gin distillery – and the nearest whisky distillery is in Kingsbarns, which is just down the road by car or a nice walk along the Coastal Path.
Below are some of our favourite activities and places – and maybe you’ll enjoy them, too:
Himalayas Putting Green
While golfing on the Old Course is a bit of an exclusive activity, putting in the Himalayas (aka the St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club) is for everyone! Imagine Teletubbie land with 18 holes in it, pay £3, get a putter and a golf ball – and you’re ready to golf! The Himalayas are located on the West Sands right next to the Old Course. A new course is played out every Wednesday.
St Andrews Ghost Tours
Yes, ghost tours are cheesy – but also good fun – and in this case very informative. Richard does a factual ghost tour (i.e. there won’t be anyone in costume jumping out at you) of the town, and will tell you lots about St Andrew’s history, scary stories, and the latest ghost sightings. The tour is best enjoyed in the dark – and you can find more information here.
The Cathedral Grounds and St Rules Tower
Climbing up St Rules Tower will reward you with a fantastic view across the town and along the beaches. You can get tickets for the tower in the Cathedral Visitor Centre (if you also want to look at the Castle, a combined ticket will save you some money). The Cathedral grounds are great for a leisurely stroll around. You can bring a coffee/ice cream/picnic/lunch, sit on one of the many benches (not to be confused with the table-like tombs!), have a wander, read the tomb stones, and enjoy the surroundings, watching other tourists
Running/Walking on the West Sands
The West Sands famously featured in the film ‘Chariots of Fire’. Being here, you have the chance to recreate the movie magic! Put your headphones on, listen to Vangelis, and run in slow motion (or walk) down several miles of beach. There is a wee ice cream hut if you need to refuel. The Eden Estuary end of the West Sands is a great spot for watching birds. Here’s the video to inspire you while you train for the run: