St Andrews – More than just the ‘Home of Golf’
St Andrews has long been known as the ‘Home of Golf’ – housing one of the oldest golf courses in the world and host to some of the biggest golfing events in the calendar.
Golf has been played in St Andrews since the 15th century and the picturesque town features seven public golf courses including the Old Course, arguably the most famous golf course in the world.
But beyond golf, there are plenty of other attractions and activities which bring visitors to St Andrews every year. We’ve written a guide to the best of this historic town – and you can get there with ease by travelling to nearby Leuchars with Caledonian Sleeper this year.
Play a round of golf
Whether you’re a keen golfer or just want to try out a new sport, there’s no better place to play than one of St Andrews’ courses.
The Old Course is one of the most sought-after courses where the very best of the golfing world have played so it is no surprise that the course is one of the busiest. And the famous course is also a record breaker, having hosted 29 Open Championships – more than any other course.
With views across the sea and beyond, the New Course is the oldest ‘new’ course in the world – and the second to be built in St Andrews.
If you want to combine the local sport with breathtaking views, then look no further than The Castle Course. Set on a cliff-top with views across the sea and St Andrews, the course is the latest golf course in the area.
Experience the St Andrews food scene
As well as its reputation for the most famous golf course in the world, the Old Course Hotel is home to a number of restaurants and bars. Road Hole restaurant, awarded 3 AA Rosettes, offers guests a fine-dining experience with the best Scottish produce. The Road Hole Bar allows guests the chance to enjoy one of over 300 whiskies in its selection whilst overlooking the Old Course.
If you’re looking for something a bit more casual, visit the Jigger Inn for some pub food and Scottish beer at the 19th hole of the Old Course.
One of St Andrews’ most well-known restaurants, Forgan’s, offers a truly Scottish experience. A former cleek factory, golf clubs used on the local courses and other famous courses across the world were once manufactured there. Forgan’s often hosts events including traditional Scottish ceilidhs, and has bothies available for private dining.
Haar Restaurant, opened by Masterchef finalist Dean Banks, focuses on sustainability, local produce and flavours and cooking styles from across the world.
Take a walk around the local area
Even if you’re not going to be golfing, take a walk around the town which is steeped in history and scenery. The golf courses themselves are scenic, and the beach has views across the North Sea and beyond.
St Andrew’s Cathedral was once Scotland’s largest cathedral and is popular with visitors. The museum has a collection of medieval sculptures and relics to learn about.
If you’re a golf enthusiast, visit the British Golf Museum. Opened in 1990, the museum explores golf through the ages with displays, activities and interactive opportunities. Take it all in and visit the café for a bite to eat, with views across the first tee of the Old Course and West Sands Beach.