St Andrews City Guide

Nestled on the east coast of Fife and just 30 km north of Edinburgh, St Andrews is home to the oldest university in Scotland and is known internationally for its seven world-class golf courses.

Visitors flock from all over the world to see this beautiful coastal town, with its rich history, fantastic coastal walks, breathtaking scenery and some of the best restaurants in Fife. You’ll find plenty to keep you occupied and you may even want to extend your stay.

Golfing in St Andrews

Why visit St Andrews?

If you’re a keen golfer then St Andrews probably tops your list for golfing destinations. However, it has so much more to offer, whether you’re travelling alone, in a group or as a family, you’ll find many delights in and around St Andrews. It is a town meant for exploring and the medieval layout means that everything is within easy reach.

The main shopping area is concentrated in Market Street and South Street, with Bell Street and Church Street connecting the two principal thoroughfares. The town centre is also a great place to relax and watch the world go by with a great selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs offering locally produced food and drink. Make sure you sample some traditional haggis and at least one of the local whiskeys on offer.

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Getting to St Andrews by ferry

Getting There

Getting to St Andrews from our port in Newcastle couldn’t be easier and the route follows one of the most beautiful coastlines in Britain. 

Take the A1 north from Newcastle following the coastal road through Berwick upon Tweed to Edinburgh. 

Then take the M90 and the A91 all the way to St Andrews. The whole journey should take around 3 hours. 

If you’re travelling from Newcastle by train, the nearest station to St Andrews is Leuchars, which is situated around six miles from the town.

What to See in St Andrews

There are a number of historical locations around the town with great visitor centres providing a wealth of information. St Andrews Castle is well worth a visit, with a modern visitor centre housing exhibits about the castle, as well as the infamous bottle dungeon and mines to explore. You can purchase a joint ticket which allows you into the castle and St Andrews’ magnificent cathedral, which is a must see. The Cathedral’s ruins are truly spectacular – but they can only hint at the vast grandeur of what was once the largest church in Scotland. St Andrews also has a wonderful aquarium, which not only has a great many aquatic species, but now has penguins, alligators, reptiles, spiders and even meerkats.

Also, no trip to St Andrews would be complete without a trip to the beach. There are two main beaches, both winners of Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. West Sands is a stunning stretch of sand and is famous for being a filming location in the film Chariots of Fire. East Sands is a more sheltered beach and has an adjacent play area for smaller children.

Where to stay in St Andrews

St Andrews boast a great many hotels, guest houses and self-catering apartments, with accommodation to suit every budget, both in the town centre and the surrounding countryside. For a full list of great accommodation to suit all budgets please visit our partner’s website at​


It’s always a proud moment when you’re recognised for your good work, we’re honoured to have been named as Europe's and the World’s Leading Ferry Operator in the 2015 World Travel Awards. We've won these awards for 5 years running.​​