St. Andrews

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St. Andrew\'s Cathedral showing general coastal views, a coastal town and landscape views
A youthful student atmosphere pervades this seaside university town. Visit medieval relics that decorate the area.

The coastal town of St. Andrews has some of Scotland’s most historic and fascinating attractions and traditions. Revisit the Middle Ages when you tour its castle, towers and one of the world’s oldest universities.

Enter the town through the surviving gates of West Port and Sea Yett. The former has towers and a central archway with intricate details. For a sense of the local history, visit St. Andrews Castle. Hear intriguing tales about the opposing Catholics and Protestants and delve into the dark underground tunnels built for war. See the Bottle Dungeon that held notorious prisoners, many of whom incurred the death penalty.

Stroll through the St. Andrews Cathedral ruins, at the tallest church ever built in Scotland. Capture photos of St. Rule’s Tower, with a height of 108 feet (33 meters). Climb the structure for views of the sea and countryside.

Entwined with medieval relics is the enthusiasm of youth. Parts of the University of St. Andrews are scattered around town. Watch students in red gowns that denote their year of studies and learn about centuries-old scholarly traditions. Visit St. Salvator’s Quadrangle to appreciate the majestic buildings and chapel in the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Bring the family to St. Andrews Aquarium to see British sharks, poison dart frogs and piranhas. Watch the kids fawn over baby seals and meerkats. The aquarium offers scenic views of St. Andrews Bay, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and West Sands, where the beginning of Chariots of Fire was filmed.

Enjoy walking through the quaint town center in warm summers. Winters are cold but not freezing and snow is fairly rare.

Located in Fife on the country’s eastern coast, St. Andrews is easy to access from Scotland’s largest cities. Fly to Edinburgh Airport and drive 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast to reach the town. Dundee is a 30-minute drive north and Glasgow is 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest.

St. Andrews mixes the youthful exuberance of student life with the historical charm of medieval ruins.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews
Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews
4 out of 5
40 The Scores, St. Andrews, Scotland, KY16 9AS
The price is HK$977 per night from 2 Jan to 3 Jan
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Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews
Old Course Hotel
Old Course Hotel
5 out of 5
Old Station Road, St. Andrews, Scotland, KY16 9SP
The price is HK$2,225 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec
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Rusacks St Andrews
Rusacks St Andrews
5 out of 5
Pilmour Links, St. Andrews, Scotland, KY16 9JQ
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The price is HK$2,340 per night from 24 Dec to 25 Dec
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4.6/5 Wonderful! (123 reviews)
High quality hotel in the heart of St Andrews
"Great hotel in a great location. Breakfast was delicious but service was slow"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2022

Rusacks St Andrews
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No.1 St Andrews
No.1 St Andrews
4 out of 5
Inchcape house-Saint Marys Place, St. Andrews, Scotland, KY16 9UY
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4.7/5 Exceptional! (77 reviews)
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Modern Cottage, superb views, near St Andrews
Modern Cottage, superb views, near St Andrews
St Andrews, Scotland
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Reviewed on 7 Nov 2022

Modern Cottage, superb views, near St Andrews
No.1 Apartments St Andrews- South Street
No.1 Apartments St Andrews- South Street
4 out of 5
South St, St. Andrews, Scotland, KY16 9EH
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4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
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No.1 Apartments St Andrews- South Street
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller
22 Mar 2020

Lot's to do and easy to get to from Edinburgh. lovely beach, lots of history and good dining options. The Aquarium is an excellent family option.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller
17 Mar 2020

Prices of wine in the restaurants were outrageous snob value.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller
8 Mar 2020

Full of Harry Potter rejects and golf knobs but otherwise gorgeous

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller
23 Feb 2020

A beautiful small town

5/5 - Excellent

Guy
8 Jan 2020

Lovely location and one of our favourites.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller
5 Jan 2020

My most favourite holiday destination in all the world !