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St. Andrews, the hidden gem!

Located on the East coast of Scotland, just a 2-hour drive away from Edinburgh (1 h in train), is St Andrews, a small ancient town brimming with prestige and history.  It doesn’t matter where you look you will be amazed by the stunning stone buildings, and a city like this could not be overlooked by us! It is a hidden gem full of possibilities.

Imagine starting your day surfing, followed by a sail-bike ride on the beach. Get changed into your kilts to play the Highland games and have lunch and a masterclass in the best seafood restaurant in Scotland. Have a relaxing afternoon learning how to play golf and end the day with a city tour. Sounds crazy right? Well, this is the place where you can do it all in just one day!

The ruins of St. Andrews castle. Image credit: Visit Scotland

    Remember the scene of ‘Chariots of Fire’ where the main characters were running in slow motion on a beach? It was shot on West Sands, a 3 km beach of uninterrupted sand backed by dunes. Here is where you can take part in all sorts of activities, from water sports to land games on the beach, such as the Highland games.

Image credit: Blown Away St. Andrews

On the same beach we find The Seafood Ristorante, the celebrities’ favourite local restaurant, where you can have an oysters-opening master class and lunch, whilst enjoying the views over the North Sea.

St Andrews, with its world-class golf course, is famously renowned as the “home of golf”, so if you want to learn how to play this sport, or if you are already a professional, it is a must going to the dynamic golf course that St Andrews Links Golf Academy offers.

Besides all the different and fun activities to enjoy, you can happily lose yourself in St Andrews’ beautiful streets and discover for yourself its rich historical past.  Its magnificent cathedral and castle are the most significant monuments, but its history is also mirrored in its University. Founded in 1413, it is known to be the oldest university in Scotland, as well as being the third oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Image credit: St. Andrews University

Being a university city, this is reflected in the character and youth of its inhabitants. Therefore, if you are thinking of taking an entertaining and interesting trip through Scotland do not forget to include St Andrews. We would love to guide you!

Image credit: St. Andrews Links

Author: Laura Roca

Regional Account Manager at C-Wise