There is nothing better than 5 days in a small town like St. Andrews. Actually, by Scottish Highland standards it is probably considered a fairly large town. We were in St. Andrews last trip, and knew we had to go back.
So here’s the deal about staying 5 days in one place. You can’t rush around and see everything in one day. It defeats the whole purpose of slow travel. The goal is to see 1 or 2 things a day. You want to savor the experience. You’ll enjoy it much more, I guarantee.
Here’s a sample 5 day itinerary of the gorgeous town, and even 5 days is not enough time in our eyes, but it will at least give you a ‘flavor’. (You will need a car)
DAY 1- Castle and Cathedral
You can grab breakfast with the royals at Northpoint Cafe , where Kate met William for coffee. Sorry, you probably won’t meet any royals there but at least you can say you were there.
Then head about a block towards the coast and visit St Andrews Castle.. Take your time—enjoy the views and take some gorgeous pics of the sea. Even stroll along the coast if you want.
After your visit to the castle walk a few blocks to the cathedral. It’s a ruined Roman Catholic Cathedral and is beautiful. Make sure to climb to the top of St. Rules tower to catch the breathtaking view of St. Andrews.
That’s it for the Day 1. It’s time for a late lunch or early dinner. There are plenty of places to eat on Market Street. We are vegan and didn’t eat out once, in the entire 5 days we were there—so sorry I don’t have any recommendations.
Day 2- Golf Course and Jigger Inn
There are essentially 2 reasons most people visit St. Andrews—Golf or the University. Now we don’t do either, but there is no reason not to visit the magnificent golf course. It really is beautiful You could spend an entire afternoon just walking the periphery of the course.
Don’t forget to get the infamous bridge picture if you can. We were lucky there was no one on the course, they were taking down everything from the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
After your done with your exploration of the golf course, go to the Jigger Inn and spend the rest of the day enjoying a beverage (preferably an adult one), lunch and looking at the golf memorabilia.
Day 3- Day Trip To Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem
There are so many easy day trips from St Andrews, which is why it is a great home base . A great day trip is along the Fife Coastal Route to Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem. They are so many charming little villages. Stop at each one get out , explore and walk around. They have a famous Fish Chips place in Anstruther.
Or just enjoy the view and a picnic lunch in Crail like we did—amazing. Take your time and breathe in some nice sea air. Your lungs will thank you.
Day 4- Dundee , V & A Museum
The new V & A just opened, so it’s worth a visit. It’s free, but will only take you a few hours at most. You can enjoy coffee and food at the cafe. There is also the RRS Discovery Museum right next door. We didn’t go in, but the reviews look good.
Walk up to the City Centre, explore and see all the comic statues. Dundee is a fairly big city, so there is plenty to explore, and lots of places to relax and eat.
Day 5- Stroll Down Market Street and University of St. Andrews
Market street is lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops. There is plenty to do for an afternoon, including lots of college kids milling around which gives a city so much life.
Speaking of the university, spend some time exploring the magnificent old buildings. We saw a museum there, that I bet is also worth visiting. We did not get to it.
Alright folks, that’s a 5 day slow travel itinerary for St Andrews—which is by no means complete. There is so much more to do there. But I guarantee you have a very relaxing stay and not feel like you missed anything.
Our goal as slow travelers is not to see everything there is, it’s to enjoy the things we do see.
👣Happy Trails Everyone