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Destination Spotlight - St Andrews, Scotland

19th August 2021

Famously known as the Home of Golf and home to Scotland's oldest University, St Andrews is a wonderful historic, seaside destination and is definitely one to add to your bucket list.

With its roots stretching back to medieval times, you won’t be short of things to do in St Andrews.  There is a host of brilliant attractions to choose from, from family-friendly spots to historic wonders, as well as an abundance of stunning beaches, parks and fantastic walks to explore. The town also has some gorgeous, independent, family-run businesses and there are plenty of delightful cafes and restaurants to enjoy during your visit.

WHERE TO STAY – Rufflets Hotel

Rufflets St Andrews is a family-owned hotel, just moments from the centre of the iconic seaside town. With abundant cosy corners to snuggle up in, lively social areas and 10 acres of manicured garden to explore, it's easy to find a special place to fit your mood.

The hotel boasts 23 individually decorated guest bedrooms, which all include complimentary Wi-Fi, an Apple docking station, luxury bathrobes and Molton Brown toiletries, Rufflets shortbread and tea and coffee making facilities.

Seasons at Rufflets is the hotel's restaurant which prides itself on using local produce, and freshly picked vegetables and herbs from the hotel's kitchen garden, to deliver seasonal menus that are full of flavour. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner menus, as well as light bites and an indulgent Afternoon Tea menu.


1. St Andrews West Sands Beach

This is the beach that was used in the opening scene of Chariots of Fire. West Sands extends for almost 2 miles of uninterrupted sand backed with dunes and the world-renowned golf course. Great for walks, paddling, picnics, swimming, kite flying and even sunbathing. The scenery and views are terrific. Lifeguards patrol the beach during the peak season.

2. Golf In St Andrews

As the Home of Golf and where the game was invented, playing golf in St Andrews is one of the best golfing experiences you can have, and you shouldn’t visit the town without taking in a round. Choose from 10 unique courses to hone your skills on, including the famous Old Course. The Open Championship is regularly played on this iconic Old Course.

3. The R&A World Golf Museum

Explore the traditions, heritage and characters of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, from the iconic Clubhouse to its Royal connections. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of St Andrews, discovering the ancient and defining relationships between golf and the town that spread beyond the world-famous links. The R&A World Golf Museum is located opposite the clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.

4. St Andrews Castle

Explore the St Andrews Castle ruins dating back to the 13th century and get a real taste of medieval Scotland. Learn all about the castle’s rich past and discover the 16th century underground mine and the ‘bottle dungeon’, a prison cut out of solid rock. It's sits on a stunning rocky promontory overlooking a small beach called Castle Sands and the adjoining North Sea. Great for taking selfies!

5. Walks around the historic town

St Andrews has a fascinating history. The 12th century cathedral (currently closed) and St Andrews University, Scotland's oldest seat of learning are a must see. Dander around yourself or book into St Andrews Ghost Tours as a unique way to learn about the town’s extraordinary history!


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