Exploring the town is all about getting to know St Andrews on a local level, exploring some of the town’s hidden gems and a chance to head a little off the beaten tourist track.
Walk barefoot along the beautiful beaches
St Andrews has three beaches that wrap around the city, stretch your legs with a walk along West Sands Beach, about 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
Famous for the opening scenes of the film Chariots of Fire, St Andrews West Sands extends for almost two miles of uninterrupted sand backed with dunes. Behind them, you’ll find the neatly kept greens of the Old Course.
East Sands is situated along the Fife Coastal Path and is just a short walk from the pier and a beautiful trail along the sea.
Explore the Ruins of St Andrews Castle
Situated on top of a cliff so it provides amazing sea views, you can also venture into the mine and counter-mine underneath the castle.
Just below the castle is a small, less busy beach called Castle Sands. When the tide is out you can climb along the rocks that begin to show and get some pretty nice photos, or have a little picnic on the beach. There are also a couple of natural swimming pools that appear.
Discover St Andrews Cathedral Ruins
Walk around one of the main attractions in the town St Andrews Cathedral. The ruins were once the largest and most important in Scotland.
Enjoy the Botanical Gardens
Just a short walk from the town centre is the Botanic Gardens. It’s a great spot to bring a picnic as you wander around the 18-acre gardens.