St. Andrews is somewhat of a second home to me, my parents own a caravan in the town’s holiday park and I’ve been going since I was a kid, so I can confidently say I know my way around this lively seaside town. Situated in the East Neuk of Fife, St. Andrews is a beautiful and historical coastal town that boasts some of the best bars and restaurants in the whole of the East coast of Scotland. What I love most about the town is that it always has a buzz about it, there are loads of uni students of all nationalities and many foreign tourists all year round. It has such a great balance between chilled out seaside town and lively social hub. On top of that St. Andrews is a great central location in which you can take day trips to some of the many neighbouring towns and villages in Fife. Try your hand at a round of golf, try some local seafood or take a walk along one of the two beaches and then relax at night with a whiskey or gin in hand, distilled in the town itself. St. Andrews is a holiday haven come rain or shine and here is your guide to getting the most out of your visit, be it a day trip or you’re here to stay…
When it comes to a place to rest your head in St.Andrews you’re spoiled for choice. My first choice for accommodation is always Airbnb. Get money off your first booking using this link.
£ – St.Andrews tourist hostel
I’ve never stayed here personally, but the reviews look very good and at £11 per night it’s definitely the cheapest place to stay in the town. It’s situated right in the centre of town, with plenty of nearby shops, bars and restaurants, book here.
££- B&B/Greyfriars Hotel
There are many B&B’s and guesthouses in St. Andrews. Take a look at this handy website for a list of them all, prices vary from £25-£55 per person per night. Alternatively, if you want to stay in a hotel then Greyfriars Hotel is good, prices start at £115 for a standard double room and you’re right next to the golf courses.
£££- Old Course Hotel
If you have the budget, the Old Course Hotel is worth every penny. Situated right in the middle of St.Andrews’ pristine golf courses, its the perfect stay for any golf lover. It is pure five star luxury with amazing spa facilities and an award-winning restaurant.
One of the things I love most about coming to St. Andrews is the choice of all the amazing places to eat, I could list loads here but I’m going to cut it down to my absolute favourites:
Northpoint Cafe – This is a great wee spot for tea and a scone, they also make delicious smoothies and healthy food options. Oh and did I mention that this is the place where Prince William first met Kate Middleton?? A favourite brunch spot for student’s and tourists alike so it can get busy.
Little Italy – Favourite Italian ever!!! Very authentic little place tucked away on one of the side streets, be sure to book as it is always super busy.
The Maisha – Amazing Indian and seafood cuisine, the menu has an extensive list of curries to choose from so there is something for everyone. All the food is so fresh, I go here all the time and I am never ever disappointed, one of my all time favourite restaurants.
TailEnd- If you’re in a Scottish coastal town it would be a crime not to try some local fish n chips and this is the place to get it from! Although not just a takeaway place the Tail End is a restaurant and fishmongers too, serving the most delicious and freshly caught local seafood such as seabass, crab, langoustines and oysters… I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
The Seafood Restaurant – Another great seafood eatery, this place is a more classy dining experience and comes with a heavier price tag. However it is worth it, the menu is seasonal and changes with whatever seafood is fresh that day and it is oh so tasty, plus the restraunt itself hangs right over the sea and is completely glass so you have a view of the very sea that your dinner came from.
Bars & Pubs
The Keys – This is St.Andrews’ oldest pub, and also its cheapest! (trust me I’ve tried them all haha!) Situated right on the Main Street, It’s got a wide variety of Scottish gins and whiskey’s and a great atmosphere. It’s always really busy so you’ll just have to squeeze in and make friends.
The Criterion – Great pub and a great atmosphere, they often have a live band on as well on a Thursday night. You can grab a bite to eat in here as well, be sure to try one of their award-winning ‘Cri pies’.
The Adamson – If you’ve got money to spend then The Adamson is a swanky cocktail bar serving up all kinds of bizarre creations that smoke, sparkle and taste amazing, just be prepared to spend the £££’s .
The Vic – This is about the closest thing that St.Andrews has to a ‘club’, it’s where all the students go to let their hair down.
Things to Do
- Grab an ice cream from Jannetta’s Gelateria, they have 52 wonderful flavours (be prepared to queue)
- Play a round of golf, if you’re a beginner head to the Himalayas (pitch and putt) at only £3 for equipment hire it’s one of the best value activities in St.Andrews
- Visit Scotland’s secret bunker, just a 10 minute drive out of St.Andrews
- Take a walk around the old Abbey
- Go on a day trip to one of the neighbouring towns; Crail, Anstruther or Elie
- Take a tour of the local gin distillery ‘Eden Mill’
- Walk along the Fife Coastal path and take in the breathtaking views
- Drive up to Allanhill farm and try one of their delightful strawberry tarts
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