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Courtesy Visit Scotland, Paul Tomkins

Set among the cluster of fishing villages that make up the Kingdom of Fife is the charming town of St Andrews. Its designation as the home of golf is well-earned—the St Andrews Royal and Ancient Golf Club first met here in 1754, the game was first played here as early as the 15th century and its most famous course continues to host the British Open Championships. The town also boasts Scotland’s oldest university, University of St Andrews, founded in 1410. Indeed, history runs deep in St Andrews—there is also St Andrews castle, and the cathedral where you can climb to the top and enjoy the incredible view. There are two beaches, including West Sands where Chariots of Fire was shot and which extends for almost two miles. Add to that the incredible seafood restaurants and old-world buildings and cobblestone streets, and St Andrews is a Scottish town not to be missed.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…at the historic Old Course Hotel but expect a slightly corporate atmosphere
  • Experience…a traditional Gaelic dance performance at Forgan’s
  • Splurge…on a round of golf with a PGA professional at the Old Course
  • Eat…at the charming Doll’s House or the upscale Adamson in town
  • Drink…tea at Rufflets, which has been in the same family for three generations
  • Savor…a walk along the Fife coastal path that runs 80 miles
  • Visit…the University of St Andrews, the third oldest English-speaking university
  • See…the view of town from the top of St Rule’s Tower
  • Shop…for Scottish staples like cashmere sweaters and wellies
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Lay of the Land

Swathed in shades of emerald, the ancient town is bordered on one side by the blue/black North Sea and on all others by golf courses and rolling hills. The University of St Andrews is spread throughout the town, but is mostly concentrated near the coast. Visitors and locals flock to the shops and restaurants on Market Street, which stretches across St Andrews’ historic center. Most of the golf courses St Andrews is so famous for are on the edge of town, but are easily reachable by a 10-minute or so car ride.

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