Things to do in St Andrews

Our most recommended things to do in St Andrews

St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

1. St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

After meeting your guide outside Hotel du Vin, you will see the former birthplace of Old Tom Morris before heading into the quadrangle of St. Salvator’s College to learn about Scotland's oldest university. Along with a few other points of interest along the way, the cathedral grounds are the next landmark on the tour. Resting there are some 124 golfing greats, including some of the Tom Morris family and Allan Robertson. Walking then along the beautiful coastline, you'll overlook St. Andrews Bay as you travel to the former Archbishops Palace where the darker history of the town continues. It is there that Richard will succinctly put golf and the history of St. Andrews into perspective. From there you'll travel further along university buildings, the Principals House, and the residence where Prince William and Kate spent their first year as students. Head to the Old Course and hear about the early development of the game of golf and how it developed in St Andrews and became the Home of Golf. Walk by the first fairway hearing about some of the quarks of the game which have shaped its remarkable history, and iconic buildings overlooking the course. The tour then finishes at the Swilkan Bridge where you will be able to have your photo taken on the bridge. You can then head to the Jigger Inn to relax and ponder the many heady days of St. Andrews.

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

2. From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

Enjoy a full-day van excursion into the Kingdom of Fife from Edinburgh. Discover the home of golf in St. Andrews, walk thorugh the cobbled streets of Anstruther, and learn about Scottish royal history in the charming village of Falkland. Depart in the morning from Edinburgh, heading north via the Forth Road Bridge. Enjoy sweeping view across the Forth Rail Bridge, one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks, at 1.5 miles in length. Cross the bridge into the Kingdom of Fife. Its easternmost stretch of coastline is home to a string of picturesque villages, each having a distinctive character and charm. Stop in the traditional fishing village of Anstruther Stroll down old cobbled streets and the network of alleyways and wynds. Enjoy a walk along the seafront to the harbor. From Anstruther travel north to the medieval town of St. Andrews, where you’ll see its huge Norman cathedral, known to be the largest in Scotland. View the oldest University in Scotland which dates back 6 centuries. Have plenty of time to explore this ancient and interesting town. Drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife which is dotted with small villages and farms until you reach Falkland. Admire views of Falkland Palace which dominates this old village, and was one of the main residences of the Stewarts, an important royal family in Scottish history. See an array of old cottages as you make your way through narrow winding streets. Take some time to wander around the village or stop at one of its traditional pubs or tearooms before hopping back on the bus for the drive back to Edinburgh.

St Andrews: Ghost Walking Tour

3. St Andrews: Ghost Walking Tour

Get a unique introduction to the landmarks of St. Andrews on an entertaining and informative walking tour. Join an acclaimed author and authority on the paranormal to learn the ghostly history of what is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the world. Join historian Richard Falconer, who has written three books spanning five decades of research. Learn a wealth of lost or forgotten history alongside many published and unpublished supernatural experiences. Marvel at the monuments from the outside, including the first university in Scotland, where Prince William met Kate, and the haunted dwellings of Mary Queen of Scots. Discover the most haunted road in Scotland, and see the eerie ruins of the cathedral and Archbishop's Palace. Described as a must-do experience in St. Andrews, these informative and entertaining tours are available 7 days a week at multiple times.

St Andrews: Guided Walking Tour

4. St Andrews: Guided Walking Tour

In this 2-hour leisurely and family-friendly tour, you'll see all of the main sights of St Andrew's town, whilst learning about its history and the unique culture that still stands today. From golf ties, royal family connections and of course, the world-class University - you'll see it all! See St Andrews' Cathedral and Castle, The Old Course, The University of Saint Andrews, St. Salvator's Chapel, and many more hidden gems too. Each guide has their own unique stories about the town so each tour is unique in it's own way.

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

5. From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

Travel through the historic country of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh aboard an airconditioned bus. Dive into sights that you see along the way with live commentary. Stop in the charming towns of Anstruther, St. Andrews, and South Queensferry. Leave Edinburgh and admire views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge as you cross the Firth of Forth, and enter into the ancient “Kingdom of Fife.” Pass through Aberdour before continuing into the East Neuk of Fife.  Take in the views as you pass thorugh the picturesque villages of St. Monans and Pittenween, which were once thriving fishing. Reach the town of Anstruther, the home of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, where the bus will make a stop.  Leaving Anstruther, journey through Crail and then arrive in the beautiful medieval town of St. Andrews in time for lunch. Have free time to walk around the town which is famous as the home of golf and has the best-known golf course in the world. Spend your three-hours of free time purchasing lunch, walking down cobbled streets, seeing the ruins of the cathedral and castle, or visiting Scotland’s oldest university, where Prince William met Kate Middleton. Heading homewards, travel across the Lomond hills, descending to Loch Leven (where Mary Queen of Scot was imprisoned). Make a brief stop to admire magnificent views of the Forth Bridges in South Queensferry before returning to Edinburgh.

St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

6. St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

Take a full-day trip from Edinburgh and discover the natural beauty of the Fife coast, taking in quaint fishing villages, abbey’s, and the famous university town of St. Andrews, led by an expert guide. From Edinburgh head to South Queensferry and take a look at 2 of the most remarkable bridges in the world–the Forth Rail Bridge built in 1890, and it’s much younger neighbor, the Forth Road bridge. Cross the River Forth and stop-off at the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of King Robert the Bruce. See the gold ornate tomb, and learn about the effect of the reformation on the Abbey, when under Henry VIII’s rule churches were destroyed, supposedly in the name of God. Travel along the Fife coast passing Carnegie Hall, the birthplace of world-famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Stop-off at charming little fishing villages, including Anstruther, an old Herring stronghold. Try the best fish and chips in Scotland, or have a snack at the Fisheries Museum. Continue on to St. Andrews, home of golf, religion, and the famous university. Here you will spend 2.5 hours. Explore the beautiful settings, in good weather the beach featuring in the movie Chariots of Fire is particularly popular, as are the 16th Century tunnels under the castle. Golf lovers may want to pay respects at the grave of Tom Morris, visit the Golf Museum, try out the Links Course Putting Green, or simply walk along Granny Clark’s Wynd–a public right-of-way running over the old course.

St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

7. St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

The first stop of your tour is just outside of Edinburgh at the South Queensferry. Here you will see the beautiful and spectacular works of industrial engineering, the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Forth Bridge. Then you will head to your next stop of the tour.  Your second stop of the tour is St. Andrews. This seaside town is known for being the home of golf, but that is not all. See the historic coastline and visit the beach where the mythical scene of Chariots of Fire was filmed. When you arrive your guide will take you on a walking tour of St. Andrews where you will learn about the history and tales of the town. You will then have free time to explore St. Andrews on your own. After exploring St. Andrews continues on to Dunnottar Castle. This castle is situated on a cliff facing the North Sea and is considered by many to be the most beautiful castle in Scotland. Then start heading back towards Edinburgh, stopping at the small village of Falkland along the way. This village is famous for its beauty and for being the perfect setting to represent Inverness in the Outlander series.

Edinburgh: Stirling, Whisky & St Andrews Tour in Italian

8. Edinburgh: Stirling, Whisky & St Andrews Tour in Italian

Make your own way to the prearranged meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town, and then hop on to a coach or minivan and be chauffeured out to Stirling, a medieval city that played a vital role in Scottish history. Look out for the imposing Stirling Castle, which sits on mound of volcanic rock, overlooking the town and surrounding region. Pay a fee to enter (optional) the royal fortress and walk through the royal chambers, which were once home to Scottish kings and queens. After around an hour of exploring, leave Stirling and from here, we will continue on to the coastal town of St Andrews. On the way there, hear your guide recount the story of the city’s past and explain its connection to Catholicism. On arrival, enjoy some free time to wander around. View the remains of the ruined Cathedral, which at one time was the biggest Catholic church in Scotland, or visit the renowned Old Course, the world’s oldest golf course. You’ll also have the opportunity to eat lunch here (not included in tour price). After around two hours in St Andrews, we begin our journey to head to the distillery, you can walk through the brewery, discovering the various steps involved in producing the spirit. Finish your visit with a wee sample of whisky. It's now time to begin the journey back to Edinburgh where your day trip will end.

St Andrews and Falkland Palace Tour from Edinburgh

9. St Andrews and Falkland Palace Tour from Edinburgh

Head north to Fife on a full day of exploring, departing from Edinburgh. You will get a sample of life in the area and come to understand the culture and history of the region. Your trip begins as you cross the Firth of Forth, passing the famous Forth Railway Bridge, before your first stop, St. Andrews. The town boasts a stunning beach, great cafes and shops, a beautiful university, and an ancient cathedral. Additionally, it is known as the spiritual home of golf. Next, continue west to Falkland, a beautiful village frozen in time. You can browse the craft shops or visit Falkland Palace, which has the oldest tennis courts in use anywhere in the world. Then make your way to a forgotten corner of Fife, East Neuk. Here you will pass through historic fishing villages and take in the stunning coastal scenery. At the end of your exploring, make a final stop in Anstruther and enjoy a fish supper feast, a meal fit for a Scot!

St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

10. St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

Following author and historical expert Richard Falconer, learn the history of St. Andrews while exploring the major historic quarters of the city. Visit St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews Castle, Scotland's oldest university, and the Old Course. Set with the backdrop of Fife’s rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, thundering seas, long golden sands, and medieval buildings, discover an incredible wealth of treasures in St. Andrews with your expert guide. As you explore, discover the history and stories of the city. Visit St. Andrews Links, known as The Home of Golf, and learn about Old Course, the most prestigious golf course in the world. Hear about royalty through the ages from Pictish kings to Mary, Queen of Scots, to Prince William and Kate. Then, learn about the Scottish inventor of the kaleidoscope that lost out on millions here. Whatever your interests, this is a great way for anyone looking to explore and find out more about this unique part of the world.

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What people are saying about St Andrews

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We had a great tour with Mike. We was informative and so kind. We had plenty of time to see St. Andrews and walk around the town.

Great experience with Richard, the tour guide. Only 1.5 hours you get many knowledge about St. Andrew and golf history

A great day trip to St Andrews! We were able to see so much and learn so much about the area from our guide Graham

Bruce M was an engaging, entertaining and educational guide. Our group loved the excursion.

Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide Willy was the perfect guide