Walking tour of Saint Andrews, Scotland

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St. 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 of Saint Andrews together.

    Series: 4 days in Edinburgh.

  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

What to expect visiting St Andrews, Scotland?

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.

St Andrews, Scotland - Rugged coastline at St Andrews
Rugged coastline at St Andrews, Scotland
See my photos from St Andrews

With our map in hand and list of places to see we started exploring St Andrews. Come along with me on a walking tour of Saint Andrews.

My favorite things to see in St Andrews, Scotland

Walk on the coastal pathway and North and Market Streets – the coastal walk near St Andrews Castle ruins is beautiful.

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

St. Andrews walking tour map
St. Andrews walking tour map
Legend: Circle-start, Red-see, Green-walk
See my photos from St Andrews

Visit the old ruins

The rugged coastline in St Andrews is beautiful. Walking from the ruins of St Andrews Castle all the way to the St Andrews Aquarium will give great views of nature and history at the same time.

St Andrews, Scotland - The ruins of St Andrews Castle on the coast
The ruins of St Andrews Castle on the coast
See my photos from St Andrews

Walk on the oldest golf course

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.

St Andrews, Scotland - 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.
See my photos from St Andrews

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.

Run with the Chariots of Fire

After crossing The Links golf course we found ourselves right on the doorsteps of our he 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.

St Andrews, Scotland - The famous West Sands beach where parts of the movie Chariots of Fire was filmed.
St Andrews, Scotland – The famous West Sands beach where parts of the movie Chariots of Fire was filmed.
See my photos from 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.

Walk through the old town

University of St Andrews is one of the oldest universities in England and its historical buildings are spread through the old city center.

St Andrews, Scotland - The Bute Medical Buildings part of the school of medicine at University of Saint Andrews.
St Andrews, Scotland – The Bute Medical Buildings part of the school of medicine at University of Saint Andrews.
See my photos from St Andrews

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.

My best resources for planning your visit to St Andrews

Find a budget hotel in St. Andrews. With 50+ great places to stay you can find something for your budget.
Get a great deal on a rental car by comparing all major companies and picking the best deal for you.
Take a half-day trip to the beautiful Glamis Castle and Dundee from Saint Andrews. Glamis Castle is one of the best furnished Castles in Scotland and possibly, the most haunted!
Visit the St Andrews Aquarium. This small aquarium is located right on the coast.
Visit the British Golf Museum with the most interesting historical collection about the sport.

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