Kingdom of Fife
24hrs in St Andrews
St Andrews is one of the best small towns in Scotland, better known for its association with golf it has much more to see and do than people realise. The Old Course and the several other courses in the town attract many visitors each year but the town also has some fantastic architectural structures and a rich history to explore. If you are a golf enthusiast check out our St Andrews Golf Tour, but if you are not visiting St Andrews for golf then this is the perfect itinerary for you.
Total Cost: £7.60* (Adult)
*when joint ticket is purchased for both St Andrews Castle and Cathedral
Day 1: St Andrews Museum / St Andrews Castle / St Andrews Cathedral
Start the day at the St Andrews Museum which is a short walk away from the bus station (take two rights coming out the bus station then follow Doubledyes Rd until you come to the entrance to the museum on your right). The small museum has a picturesque location in Kinburn Park and downstairs you will find some exhibits from St Andrews which tell the story of the formation and history of the town. Then upstairs there is a constantly changing gallery. There is also a nice little café opposite the downstairs gallery, which is ideal for catching a quick snack, with views of the park and a low priced menu.
The next stop is the picturesque St Andrews Castle which sits perched on the coast looking out to St Andrews Bay. The best way to get here is to take a walk along the Scores which will take you past the historic and famous Old Course Golf Course where you can take a couple of pictures of the 18th Green or 1st Tee. It is no more than a 15 minute walk from the museum to the castle (walk past the bus station downhill to the roundabout then turn right onto North St and left onto Golf Place. The Scores is opposite the Old Course.)
The castle has a joint ticket which you can buy for also visiting the cathedral and this will save you a few pounds so buy this ticket. The castle has 2 sections an indoor museum which gives you some information on St Andrews Castes history and then there are the castle grounds outside which although now in ruins can be explored. The two main sections not to miss are the bottle dungeon and the Underground Passage.
The next and final stop is the cathedral which is a few minutes walk along the scores from the castle. To explore the grounds of the cathedral there is no charge but to gain access to Rues Tower you will need a ticket. The tower is well worth a visit as you gain access to an observation deck at the top which gives you the best view of St Andrews (probably not as good an option on a rainy or misty day!). The cathedral is now mostly in ruins but you can still see the outline of what was formerly one of the greatest and largest cathedrals of its time.