St Andrews Guide.
Two days in St Andrews, Scotland.
Our private guided tours of Scotland include at least two nights in each destination. Our travel guide – Two Days In, gives you an idea of what you can expect to see and do when staying at various locations across our beautiful country.
We offer tailor-made guided tours of St Andrews and Scotland to include famous sights and the best hidden gems.
Arrive in St Andrews and get straight to where it all began at St Andrews Cathedral complex. One of the most striking ruins in all of Scotland, the Cathedral is a fantastic place for a wander. The sheer size of the building is so impressive, considering it dates to 1318. There is a fascinating museum within the cathedral, which has an amazing collection of medieval stones, including the St Andrews Sarcophagus. Dating to the late 700s, this is one of the finest pieces of European sculpture from the early-medieval period.
St Rule’s Church within the cathedral complex dates from the early to mid-1100s and you can climb the tower for the most amazing views of the town. Just behind the cathedral walls are the ruins of St Mary’s Church, which also dates to the 1100s.
Continue down from St Mary's to the harbour. It is lovely to walk out on the harbour wall, one of the oldest in the East Neuk of Fife, dating to the 13th Century.
1.00pm – Lunch in the North Point Café. A bustling, local’s and student hangout with the best comfort food to fill you up after a morning of exploration! We love their pancakes and coffee. (2) Northpoint Cafe, St Andrews | Facebook
After lunch, take a walk around the grounds of Scotland’s oldest University, dating to 1413. The campuses situated on North and South Street are serene and inspiring. Walk down to Topping & Company book shop on Greyfriars Gardens to pick up that book you have always wanted to read. They have a huge collection set over a classic old world book shop layout. Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, Edinburgh, Ely, and St Andrews (toppingbooks.co.uk)
Walk up Market Street to the wonderful Central Bar and enjoy a Scottish Ale in their charming, convivial bar.
Check in to Albany Hotel, St Andrews on North Street. This is a central location and all of St Andrews attractions, restaurants, shops etc are on your doorstep. (Doubles from £142.00 per night including breakfast. Albany Hotel (albanyhotelstandrews.co.uk)
8.00pm Dinner at the fabulous and friendly Forgan’s on Market Street. We have been taking our clients to this restaurant since it opened a few years ago, and it still has great food and service. Home | Forgan's St Andrews
After your Scottish breakfast, head over to St Andrews Castle for a look around this ancient coastal castle. The 14th Century castle is a wonder to explore and don’t forget to walk in the mine and counter mine for a totally unique experience.
After your castle visit continue down the street to the world famous, Old Course. Even if you are not a fan of golf, this is another gem of St Andrews. Simply watching the players play up to the 18th green is just special, considering the many famous golfers who have come before them. If this whets your appetite for golf, why not pop into the Golf Museum just over the street. It tells the interesting story of the history of golf, which started right here in Scotland.
1.00pm – Lunch in the Seafood Ristorante. A wonderful seafood restaurant right on the water. This has to be one of the best views from a restaurant anywhere in the world! The Seafood Ristorante | Seafood Restaurant in St Andrews (theseafoodrestaurant.com)
After lunch take a wander up to the centre of St Andrews for some quality local shopping. Spread over Market Street and South Street you will find some real gems here. Whether its crafts, books, clothes, whisky or cheese, you will find something to cherish, or eat!
Afternoon drinks could be in the form of a coffee on the go at the tiny but fabulous Taste coffee on North Street. Or, if you are looking for something a little stronger, The Criterion on South Street is another old bar with a great atmosphere https://www.criterionstandrews.co.uk/
7.30pm – Dinner at The Tailend Restaurant, St Andrews. A wonderful local fish restaurant (with excellent fish & chips). Most of the fish here is landed at Pittenweem, just a few miles away. https://www.thetailend.co.uk/
After dinner drinks at Aikman’s on Bell Street. This is a legendary St Andrews bar and has live music featuring, Jazz, blues and folk.
Before you leave St Andrews, don’t forget to walk along the West Sands beach. Let the sea breeze blow into your face and you will feel refreshed by this simple act of nature.
We offer private tours to St Andrews and across Scotland. Just get in touch with us for your tailor-made tour.
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