There are dozens of shops around the centre of town and the Castle, the Cathedral, and the oldest part of the University are a mere 5 minute stroll up the road, as is the New Byre Theatre where you can enjoy live entertainment.
In the Kingdom of Fife you are spoiled for choice with 49 golf courses all within easy reach. Great Links golf courses such as Leven, Lundin Links, Elie, Crail and Scotscraig are all nearby and the new Kingsbarns course is only 4 miles out of town.
Touring around the area you can visit such places as Falkland Palace (home of our 1st Lady golfer, 'Mary Queen of Scots') Mainland Scotlandor look in at the attractive little fishing villages scattered along the Fife coastline.
Dunfermline Abbey, Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle, Gleneagles, Carnoustie championship golf course, and the Grampian hills and glens are no more than an hour away from St Andrews.
There is a superb variety of golf and attractions in St Andrews and the surrounding area and the town centre is not far from the East Neuk of Fife, renowned for its un-crowded beaches and picturesque coastal villages. Within a short drive are activities for all ages and interests, and a wide selection of shops, restaurants and country inns.
St Andrews is steeped in history with its cobbled streets, cathedral, castle and university. Whatever the weather, you will always find something interesting to do in St. Andrews. Stroll round the beautiful historic buildings of St. Andrews University (the Gatty Marine Laboratory is a particular favourite), or visit the 16th century castle set high on the cliffs. Throughout history, the castle has been used as a palace, a fortress and a prison and is now a visitor centre with its own fascinating exhibition.
For a great view out across the North Sea you could visit the ruins of the cathedral and climb the St. Rule Tower where you will also get a panoramic view of St. Andrews town and the surrounding Fife countryside.
The Byre Theatre The Preservation Trust was founded in 1937 to preserve the buildings the character of the local environment and the history of St Andrews in order to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
This is a very pretty feature with views of the whole of St Andrews Bay. In addition, you can catch a glimpse of the Tay of the mountains of Angus. If you’re lucky enough to visit on the last day of April, you’ll see The Gaudie and May Dip where there is a special sunset pier walk. It honours a former student on his bravery in saving five sailors. Students typically have bonfires and watch the sunset and then at sunrise - everyone runs into the sea!