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St. AndrewsUnited Kingdom

A youthful student atmosphere pervades this seaside university town. Visit medieval relics that decorate the area.

The coastal town of St. Andrews has some of Scotland’s most historic and fascinating attractions and traditions. Revisit the Middle Ages when you tour its castle, towers and one of the world’s oldest universities.

Enter the town through the surviving gates of West Port and Sea Yett. The former has towers and a central archway with intricate details. For a sense of the local history, visit St. Andrews Castle. Hear intriguing tales about the opposing Catholics and Protestants and delve into the dark underground tunnels built for war. See the Bottle Dungeon that held notorious prisoners, many of whom incurred the death penalty.

Stroll through the St. Andrews Cathedral ruins, at the tallest church ever built in Scotland. Capture photos of St. Rule’s Tower, with a height of 108 feet (33 meters). Climb the structure for views of the sea and countryside.

Entwined with medieval relics is the enthusiasm of youth. Parts of the University of St. Andrews are scattered around town. Watch students in red gowns that denote their year of studies and learn about centuries-old scholarly traditions. Visit St. Salvator’s Quadrangle to appreciate the majestic buildings and chapel in the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Bring the family to St. Andrews Aquarium to see British sharks, poison dart frogs and piranhas. Watch the kids fawn over baby seals and meerkats. The aquarium offers scenic views of St. Andrews Bay, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and West Sands, where the beginning of Chariots of Fire was filmed.

Enjoy walking through the quaint town center in warm summers. Winters are cold but not freezing and snow is fairly rare.

Located in Fife on the country’s eastern coast, St. Andrews is easy to access from Scotland’s largest cities. Fly to Edinburgh Airport and drive 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast to reach the town. Dundee is a 30-minute drive north and Glasgow is 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest.

St. Andrews mixes the youthful exuberance of student life with the historical charm of medieval ruins.

Top Hotels in St. Andrews

Fairmont St Andrews
Fairmont St Andrews
5 out of 5
The price is CA $266 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

This family-friendly St. Andrews hotel is located by the sea, 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from East Sands, and within 6 mi (10 km) of British Golf Museum and St. Andrews ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (952 reviews)

"Pool and Jacuzzi were excellent Breakfast was v.good COVID -19 restrictions on the Bars were a bit of a “downer” - the Tent outside was a substitute - but a poor one ! Check in and out were Quick and Easy"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 3, 2020

Fairmont St Andrews
Best Western Scores Hotel
Best Western Scores Hotel
2 out of 5
The price is CA $230 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Located in the heart of St. Andrews, this beach hotel is steps from British Golf Museum and Old Course at St Andrews. University of St. Andrews and St. Andrews ...

4.2/5Very Good! (279 reviews)

"Second time we have stayed here, very comfortable hotel with welcoming staff. Decor/Furnishing is slightly dated but adds to the character and authenticity of the place. We had a junior suite which was large with a sea and old course view. Lovely breakfast. Ideal location with easy parking."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

Best Western Scores Hotel
Kinnettles Hotel and Spa
Kinnettles Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
127 North Street, St. Andrews, Scotland
The price is CA $394 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of St. Andrews and Old Course at St Andrews. St. Andrews Links is 1.1 mi ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)

"Beautiful decor and relaxed atmosphere. Small central hotel but luxurious feel."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Kinnettles Hotel and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in St. Andrews

Sumptuous Town House in Central St. Andrews - 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms
Sumptuous Town House in Central St. Andrews - 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms
St. Andrews, SCT

Situated by the ocean, this historic resort is within a 10-minute walk of Swilken Bridge, University of St. Andrews, and Old Course at St Andrews. St. Andrews ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Beautiful house

"Beautiful house, fixtures and fitting all high end, attention to detail was fantastic, and absolutely spotless. Great location right in the centre of town. Hope to be back soon!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 4, 2020

Sumptuous Town House in Central St. Andrews - 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms
The Old Mill Cottage 10 Mins St Andrews
The Old Mill Cottage 10 Mins St Andrews
3.5 out of 5
Strathvithie Mill Cottage, Strathvithie, St. Andrews, Scotland
The price is CA $107 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of University of St. Andrews and Old Course at St Andrews. St. Andrews Links is 1.3 mi (2.1 ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"A great 2 day stay. A few minutes outside St Andrews and much cheaper."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2020

The Old Mill Cottage 10 Mins St Andrews
The Doctors Hoose Street Parking
The Doctors Hoose Street Parking
3.5 out of 5
37 Kinnessburn Road, St. Andrews, Scotland
The price is CA $126 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Situated in St. Andrews, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of St. Andrews and Old Course at St Andrews. St. Andrews Links is 1.3 ...

The Doctors Hoose Street Parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of St. Andrews

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5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 26, 2019

Absolutely beautiful!

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 25, 2019

Very friendly town with great dining options!

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 24, 2019

Went to see the Old Course and weren't disappointed

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 21, 2019

A beautiful place to visit. Lots of quaint shops in town. Very nice gift shop at Fairmont St. Andrews as well, with good selection of clothing, souvenirs and unique items. Beautiful ruins of St. Andrews Castle and St. Andrews Cathedral.

5/5 - Excellent

Susan

Jul 28, 2019

Lots to do in St. Andrews and area. We visited the Old Course, the castle and cathedral, and walked a section of the Fife Coastal Path. We were there for 2 days and definitely could have enjoyed some additional time in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 23, 2019

There are dozens of great golf courses around St. Andrews. We loved Kingsbarns and St. Andrews. Amazing meals & Pubs! I highly recommend The Rav restaurant! Historical and magical place. We will be back again!

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