Famous for its golf courses, it's stunning coastline and for the incredible cathedral and university, St Andrews is Scotland's answer to England's Oxford or Cambridge. It is only a small town, with a population of just 18,000, but there are lots of things to do and it's a tourist destination that's frequented by many people annually.
The medieval cathedral bears the university, which is said to be Scotland's finest and oldest university. It was the educational institute for Prince William, second in-line to the throne, and is one of the most prestigious buildings in the whole world. It's possible to visit the university to see St Salvator's Quad and St Mary's Quad; two very pretty quadrangles that feature oak trees and are the perfect relaxing areas for students.
It's a very picturesque and quiet town, with the beautiful pier and harbour being great areas to go for a walk and breathe in the sea-air. The West Sands beach looks out onto the North Sea and occasionally, it's possible to see dolphins and seals in the water. There are tours available around the town, many of which end at the beach as a final viewpoint. The Isle of May can be seen on clear days, which is a lovely little island visible from Crail.
The town centre has the New Picture House, a cinema that shows old and new films. The Byre Theatre is another popular place for performances or for some people, visiting the iconic St Andrews golf course and walking around the old course is one of the favourite things to do.
St Andrews is an ideal place for a holiday and it's one of Scotland's finest towns. There are many souvenirs you can buy and during the summer, tourists flock there replacing the students who head back to their home.
There are a few options when it comes to getting to St Andrews depending on where you’re starting from. A car is the most obvious choice for short journeys, but for those further down South a coach trip, train or flight are a better choice.
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