One of the most famous little towns in the world, St Andrews is not only the Home of Golf but a masterpiece of history, learning and culture. There’s been a settlement here for at least a thousand years and after it was built in 1160 St Andrews Cathedral remained Scotland’s largest and most important building for centuries.
With the founding of St Andrews University in 1413 and a prosperity built on ecclesiastical, academic and commercial activities, the town expanded rapidly through the Middle Ages. Today, the town is a charming blend of ancient character and modern urbanity.
Here, famous sights are available on almost any street corner, from the beautiful West Sands where the slow-mo beach scene on Chariots of Fire was filmed, to the imposing Royal & Ancient Clubhouse behind the 18th green of the Old Course to the West Port, one of Scotland’s last remaining Mediaeval city gates.
The ever-changing student population is your guarantee of a lively time in St Andrews. Countless stylish bars, traditional pubs and nightclubs keep spirits up for most of the night, while sophisticated restaurants, delis, greasy spoons and cool coffee houses will ensure you remain refreshed throughout your time there.
For specific recommendations on where to eat and drink in St Andrews, see our food and drink page.