Best 5 Places to See in St. Andrews, Scotland

Updated: April 14, 2020

St Salvator's Chapel is one of the beautiful places to see in St. AndrewsSt. Andrews is a historical place with a beautiful location in the Scottish coast. Made famous as a movie location and the official birthplace of golf, St Andrews was a pleasant destination for us. Come along with me as we explore historical St. Andrews, Scotland.

St. Andrews was a great stop for us later in the afternoon. The kids were able to take a nap in the car which helped be ready to walk “again” and reduced their crankiness. So, let’s take a walking tour together and explore the best places to see in St. Andrews, Scotland.

What to Expect Visiting St. Andrews, Scotland?

Rugged coastline at St Andrews, Scotland
St Andrews, Scotland - Rugged coastline at St Andrews
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We arrived in St Andrews after visiting the quaint fishing villages in Fife. Comparatively, St Andrews is huge, but in reality it is a small city with a nice historical old town town and a very old university. We enjoyed the rugged coast with the old castle ruins as well as the movie famous West Sands Beach. Let’s explore it together as we take a walking tour of Saint Andrews.

My Favorite Places to See in St. Andrews, Scotland

The best place to start exploring St Andrews is to walk on the coastal pathway St Andrews Cathedral past St Andrews Castle.  In addition,  walk in the historical center of town on North and Market Streets.

  1. St Andrews Cathedral – impressive ruins with beautiful views of the sea.
  2. St Andrews Castle – small ruins right by the sea
  3. The Links Golf Course – the oldest golf course in the world
  4. West Sands – Chariots of Fire was filmed here

St. Andrews walking tour map
Legend: Circle-start, Red-see, Green-walk
St. Andrews walking tour map
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With our map in hand and list of places to see we started exploring St Andrews. So, come along with me as we visit the best places to see in St Andrews.

1. St. Andrews Cathedral

St Andrews Cathedral is usually the first stop on any walking tour of St Andrews, Scotland.
Dark clouds gathering over St Andrews Cathedral ruins
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Known as the largest church in Scotland, St Andrews Cathedral fell into disuse during the Scottish Reformation movement during the 16th century when the Catholic mass was outlawed in Scotland. The large complex of impressive ruins is free to visit. However, For a small fee you can visit the small St Andrews Cathedral museum on premises and climb in the 100 ft (33m) tower for amazing views of the St Andrews coastline and town.

2. St. Andrews Castle

St Andrews, Scotland - The ruins of St Andrews Castle on the coast
The ruins of St Andrews Castle on the coast
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The rugged coastline in St Andrews is beautiful. Most tourists walk from the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral on the coastal pathway to reach what’s left of St Andrews Castle. You can also continue walking from the ruins of St Andrews Castle all the way to the St Andrews Aquarium and get beautiful views of nature and history at the same time.

3. The Links Golf Course

The famous Swilcan Bridge in St Andrews Links golf course is over 700 years old.
St Andrews, Scotland - The famous Swilcan Bridge in St Andrews Links golf course is over 700 years old.
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Even if you are not a golf fanatic, The Links golf course is a rare piece of history. As the official birthplace of the modern day sport of golf, St Andrews is a jewel for golf lovers. If you are into golfing you will find the British Golf Museum very appealing to visit.

We entered the wrong direction on the only road that has access to the golf course. After getting many frustrated looks and finger pointing us in the right direction, we ended up driving through the middle of this beautiful golf course. The his was right by the 700 years old Swilcan Bridge.

4. West Sands Beach

The famous West Sands beach where parts of the movie Chariots of Fire was filmed.
The famous West Sands beach where parts of the movie Chariots of Fire was filmed.
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After crossing The Links golf course we found ourselves right on the doorsteps of the famous White Sands Beach. As one of the movie locations for Chariots of Fire movie, White Sands is another world famous spot in St Andrews.

Even though we arrived on a sunny summer day, it was windy and cold. This did not stop us from taking a long walk on this famous beach.

5. St Andrews Historic Center

The Bute Medical Buildings part of the school of medicine at University of St Andrews.
St Andrews, Scotland - The Bute Medical Buildings part of the school of medicine at University of Saint Andrews.
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University of St Andrews is one of the oldest universities in England and its historical buildings are spread through the old city center.

Is it Worth Visiting St Andrews?

We purposefully didn’t allocate much time to visiting St Andrews, because of the research we have done. If you love golf then visiting St Andrews is a must for you.

Plan Your Trip to St Andrews

This Walking tour of St Andrews is part of my 4 days in Edinburgh series.

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  1. Walking tour of Edinburgh
  2. 5 beautiful fishing villages in Fife
  3. Walking tour of Saint Andrews
  4. Walking tour of Stirling
  5. Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
  6. 8 beautiful castles near Edinburgh
  7. 6 day trips from Edinburgh
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