What To Do in St Andrews Scotland

  St Andrews

St Andrews Panorama

St Andrews is a former royal burgh on the east coast of Fife in Scotland, named after Saint Andrew the Apostle.  The city is home to the University of St Andrews, the third oldest university in the English-speaking world, the oldest in Scotland and one of Britain’s most prestigious.  The University is an integral part of the burgh, and during term time students make up approximately one third of the town’s population.  St Andrews has a population of 16,680, making this the fifth largest settlement in Fife.

Swilcan Bridge on Old Course at St AndrewsThere has been an important church in St Andrews since at least the 8th century, and a bishopric since at least the 11th century.  The settlement grew to the west of St Andrews cathedral with the southern side of the Scores to the north and the Kinness burn to the south. The burgh soon became the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland, a position which was held until the Scottish Reformation. The famous cathedral, the largest in Scotland, now lies in ruins.

As you probably know, St Andrews is also known worldwide as the “home of golf“.  This is in part because the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, exercises legislative authority over the game worldwide (except in the United States and Mexico), and also because the famous links (acquired by the town in 1894) is the most frequent venue for The Open Championship, the oldest of golf’s four major championships.  Visitors travel to St Andrews in great numbers for several courses ranked amongst the finest in the world, as well as for the sandy beaches and sightseeing.Royal and Ancient Golf Course of St Andrews

St Andrews The historic town is easily and best explored on foot where the shops, many interesting buildings, museums, bars and restaurants are all easily accessible.  Here’s a list of a few must-see’s the next time you visit St Andrews and have a break from the links.

Please enjoy the Google Earth Video at the bottom of the page navigated by Scottish-Native and PerryGolf’s President – Gordon Dalgleish – to get a better sense of the St Andrews area from golf and hotels to restaurants and places of interest!

Local Places of Interest and Activities

St.Andrews CathedralSt.Andrews Cathedral — Enjoy the dramatic setting of the ruins. The Cathedral was destroyed by a mob roused by the preaching of John Knox in the town during the Reformation – and the sense of history which attaches to what was once one of the most important religious sites in Europe. Owing to the presence of the relics of St Andrew, it was a place of pilgrimage for many thousands during the medieval period. The view from the top of St Rule’s Tower is breathtaking, and the visitor centre contains a number of artifacts and helps to set the history of the site into context. Golfers can pay a visit to the grave of Old Tom Morris and his son young Tom, who are buried in the Cathedral Grounds.

Local Coastal VillagesLocal Coastal Villages — Visit the quaint coastal fishing villages and Royal Burgh’s of Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem with their distinctive buildings and picturesque harbours. The area was notorious for smuggling with wine, tobacco, cloth and sugar being smuggled in, and linen and coal smuggled out. The East Neuk was the capital of the Scottish Herring industry, until the shoals deserted the Forth during the Second World War. Today the boats which sail out from Crail and Anstruther mainly bring in shellfish, while Pittenweem remains the centre of the areas fishing industry where early in the morning the catches are sold at the new Fish Market. Fife Coastal Path — You may enjoy walking a stretch of the Fife Coastal Path from Crail to St.Monans. Visit the many picturesque towns with their narrow cobbled lanes leading to picturesque harbors.

Kellie Castle & GardenKellie Castle & Garden — Located near Anstruther a 20mins drive from St.Andrews, it contains magnificent plaster ceilings, painted panelling and furniture. The Gardens contain a fine layout of the organic walled garden is 17th-century with late Victorian additions and contains a fine collection of old-fashioned roses, fruit trees and herbaceous plants. Display in summer-house on history of walled garden.

Scottish Fisheries Museum, AnstrutherScottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther — This award-winning National Museum tells the story of the Scottish fishing industry from the earliest times to the present. With many model and actual boats, fishing gear, photographs, paintings and tableaux on display, as well as a new ‘Zulu’ gallery just open, a visit to the Museum makes for worthwhile visit.

St.Andrews ShoppingSt.Andrews Shopping — St Andrews is a town to explore and is refreshingly free of national outlets and chain stores. Instead, the town centre offers an excellent range of independent, family-run shops and businesses, where you are guaranteed to find a unique range of goods matched by personal service. Shopping in St Andrews is always a rewarding experience. The main shopping areas concentrated in Market Street and South Street, with Bell Street and Church Street connecting the two principal streets. There are Golf Stores throughout the town with the main stores of Auchterlonies, Old Tom Morris and Golf Scotland all located close to the 18th Green of the Old Course.

Falkland PalaceFalkland Palace — Falkland has been a royal palace since the days of the Stewarts. King James IV completed the main structure and King James V also added to the buildings there, transforming it into a sophisticated Renaissance palace. He was also responsible for adding the royal tennis court in 1539, which has survived to this day. James V died at Falkland Palace on December 14, 1542. His daughter, Mary Queen of Scots was a frequent visitor, enjoying the peace and tranquility of Falkland, away from the intrigues and politics of Edinburgh.

St.Andrews CastleSt.Andrews Castle — The Castle was the former Bishops’ Palace, the residence of the Archbishops of St Andrews. The first castle on this site probably dates from around 1200. Over the centuries, the Castle has witnessed many conflicts and deeds of infamy, among them the martyrdom of George Wishart and the murder of Cardinal Beaton. It was also besieged many times. Eventually destroyed during the Reformation, the Castle is now in ruins. A modern visitor centre houses exhibits about the Castle, and visitors can also explore the mines and the infamous bottle dungeon.

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Golf and the Mediterranean under Sun and Sail 2013

Friday, May 17: Golf & The Mediterranean under Sun and Sail

PerryGolf’s 2013 voyage onboard the luxury tall masted yacht LE PONANT gets underway today with embarkation in Nice, France.  Watch out for posts along the way as she visits Italy, Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily before concluding in Valetta, Malta.  Five beautiful but hard to reach golf courses and a day at sea under sail.  What a trip!

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New 2014 Escorted Tour to Australia Combines World 100 Golf with Iconic Sightseeing

We know, this has to be good. It’s a long way to Australia.

Fair enough; have a look below at “The Best of Australia 2014 (Escorted)”. If you like your vacation golf chosen from the upper echelon of world 100 clubs, and combined with fully escorted luxury itinerary that includes an equally impressive schedule of sightseeing, wine touring and spectacular natural beauty, we suspect you’ll agree this experience stands out.

You’ll play two of Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s most important four layouts; Royal Melbourne which is GOLF Magazine’s world 13 and New South Wales ranked 34 (pictured left). You’ll play the club that put Tom Doak on the map, in Tasmanian, at Barnbougle Dunes ranked 41.  Next door at Barnbougle Lost Farm we’ve got world 82 by Coore & Crenshaw.  Royal Melbourne neighbor Yarra Yarra is a founding member of the famed Sandbelt clubs whose design was shaped heavily by Dr. MacKenzie. We’ll see Doak’s work again at St Andrews Beach found in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula’s Cups Country.

Our tour begins officially with the Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner on the day of arrival.  Sightseeing on Day 2 includes the famous Sydney Harbor Cruise (pictured top right) plus a guided tour of the spectacular Opera House.  Both are included in the price of the tour, along with four (4) additional sightseeing excursions.   Welcome and Farewell dinners plus six (6) additional “choice of menu” evening meals are included as well.  You’ll spend 11 nights in first class hotels like Tasmania’s The Lodge at Lost Farm, Melbourne’s Park Hyatt Hotel (pictured below), and Sydney’s Radisson Plaza Hotel.


About the Author: Harrison Gould is the Social Media Marketing Manager of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+


Gastronomy Galore aboard a Hotel Barge – Gourmet Cuisine, Fine Wines and Delicious Cheeses

Gourmet CuisineWhether you’re a gourmet chef, wine guru, or cheese connoisseur – or simply love to sit back, relax, and indulge yourself in this refined type of cuisine while an aficionado in each area shares his expertise, you’ll find that dining aboard a hotel barge is right up your alley.  Take a few minutes to read through this article, watch the video, and get a better understanding of how upscale dining aboard a hotel barge is when you travel with PerryGolf.

The classic traditions of French and International cuisine are an unforgettable highlight of our hotel barge cruises.  Each morning you’ll wake up to newly baked breads, buttery croissants, and a variety of fresh pastries from the local patisserie.  Together with the aroma of fresh coffee brewing, enjoying your breakfast on deck is the perfect way to begin you day.

Fine WinesLuncheon, often enjoyed on the sun deck, will be a colorful arrangement of salads, pâtes, savory quiches and of course, a selection of cheeses, all accompanied by an excellent choice of wines from the barge cellar.

Dinner is the culinary highlight of each day. Served by candlelight, each course is a delicious creation, complemented by fine wines. Your chef will use the freshest ingredients, bought from the wonderful local markets, and pick herbs from the small on-board herb garden to produce wonderful regional and national dishes that are full of flavor.

Our hotel barge trips are not only fun, relaxing, and romantic, but are also educational.  Whether this is a new experience or not, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the cuisine, wines, and area from your Chef, Captain, and Tour Guide.  The epicurean cuisine and overall experience will of course vary, depending on the trip.

Cheese BoardFor example, in the French experience regional specialties range from a Filet d’Agneau au Basilic to Magret de Canard to Poulet à L’Estragon.  For the wine gurus out there, the wine cellar offers a very impressive selection – to name just a few: Chateau de la Saule 2005, Domaine Corsin, Pouilly Fuisse, Domaine Laroche, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue.  Don’t forget the cheeses – there’s no better way to complement an excellent, aged bottle of wine with a variety such as these: Aisy Cendré, Bouton de Culotte, Epoisses, and Ami du Chambertin.

On the other hand, in the British Isles experience you’ll see regional specialties varying from a Munro of marinated Salmon to Pheasant breast with Horseradish sauce to Navarin of Lamb with fine herbs.  Expect an equally impressive selection of wines, but also an assortment of single malt whiskies and 80 Shilling Ales.  Be sure to pair these with Scottish Brie, Whisky Chase, Stratdown Blue, or Orkney smoked!

To see more about these gastronomic experiences, please watch the video produced by our valued business partner European Waterways:

Dining aboard a Hotel Barge – Gastronomic Cuisine, Fine Wines and Delicious Cheeses

A travel partner of PerryGolf, European Waterways have been involved in all aspects of the hotel barge and travel industry for over 35 years including designing, building, owning and operating their fleet of luxury hotel barges.  We at PerryGolf are pleased to have partnered with them to provide these spectacular barge cruises.

It is our particular pleasure to present the hotel golf barges of PerryGolf.  Seven utterly charming vessels are offered for exclusive-use arrangements that will accommodate 8-18 Guests who enjoy the camaraderie of a supremely relaxing and localized experience in the Scottish Highlands, the suburbs of London, the Burgundy and Provence regions of France.Magna Carta Cruising


About the Author: Harrison Gould is the Social Media Marketing Manager of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+


JustLuxe gives scoop on 5 luxury golf packages

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View of Turnberry Point Lighthouse, built on the ruins of Turnberry Castle, at the ninth hole of the Aisla Course


Golf weather has arrived and it’s time to start thinking about how you want to take advantage of it.  JustLuxe – Affluent Lifestyle Guide – recently released an article that gives the lowdown on 5 luxury golf packages you won’t want to pass up.  JustLuxe says these trips are “are five exceptional golf experiences from around the world that might even make Tiger a bit jealous.” Read more “JustLuxe gives scoop on 5 luxury golf packages”