Our Top 9 Things To Do in St. Andrews and Golf Clubs Not Required

St. Andrews is a beautiful coastal town in Scotland most known for its world famous golf course. But even if you don't golf, there is still so much to do. We have put together a list of 9 unique and offbeat things to do in St. Andrews--no golf clubs required! #sarjeantsonfire #slowtravel #standrewscotland #scotlanditineraries #slowtravelcouple #standrewsgolfcourse

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When you tell people you are going to St. Andrews in Scotland I guarantee you will be asked this question at least once…”Do you golf?

Well, we don’t golf, but it’s a legitimate query since St. Andrews is the Home Of GolfThe world-renowned Old Course has a 600-year history of champion golfers from around the globe.

But it’s not just about golf there, they have a world-class university, pristine beaches, numerous museums, ruins, a castle, a botanic garden, and an aquarium to name a few.

Our list will contain more of the unique and offbeat stuff since that’s what we love the most.  But before we get to it, here’s a cute Part 1 and 2 commercial from  St. Andrews Links featuring The Old Course and the beautiful town.

 

Now on to our top 9 list ‘that don’t require golf clubs’ :

 

1. Explore the cathedral with the fact-finding quiz

St. Andrews Cathedral is the largest medieval church in Scotland.  It’s filled with relics, history, and beautiful architecture.  Although mostly in ruins today it’s worth a visit.   What better way for kids and adults to explore than with this fact-finding  St. Andrews Cathedral Explorer Quiz which will guide you around the church.

Completed in 1318, it was considered the largest church in Scotland.  It was abandoned and later left to ruin after Catholic mass was outlawed during the 16th-century Scottish Reformation.

 

St. Andrews is a beautiful coastal town in Scotland most known for its world famous golf course. But even if you don't golf, there is still so much to do. We have put together a list of 9 unique and offbeat things to do in St. Andrews--no golf clubs required! #sarjeantsonfire #slowtravel #standrewscotland #scotlanditineraries #slowtravelcouple #standrewsgolfcourse

 

Location:  The Pends, St Andrews, Fife,  KY16 9QL3

Hours:

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.45pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10 am to 4 pm
Last entry 3.15pm

Admission:  Includes the museum and a token for St. Rules Tower.

St Andrews Cathedral 
Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
Adult: £6.00
Concession: £4.80
Child aged 5-15: £3.60
Child under 5: FREE

 

2.  Climb to the top of St. Rules Tower

On the grounds of St. Andrews Cathedral is St. Rules Tower .  The tower was originally built to house the relics of St. Andrews.  Today you can climb to the top for a 360 view of the city.

With 156 steps it’s not a bad climb as medieval towers go, think Duomo in Italy with 463 steps or Notre Dame Tower at 387 steps (may she rest in peace).  At just over 100 steps, St. Rules Tower is a piece of cake and worth every step.

*To my fellow claustrophobic friends:  It’s a tight squeeze, and like many of the highland roads it’s single track, meaning the stairs up are the stairs down, so you will be ‘squishing’ by a few people.

St. Andrews is a beautiful coastal town in Scotland most known for its world famous golf course. But even if you don't golf, there is still so much to do. We have put together a list of 9 unique and offbeat things to do in St. Andrews--no golf clubs required! #sarjeantsonfire #slowtravel #standrewscotland #scotlanditineraries #slowtravelcouple #standrewsgolfcourse

Admission:  Requires a token that is part of your cathedral admission price, for the turnstile in the tower.

 

3.  Have breakfast at  Northpoint Cafe where Kate met Wills

You too can walk in the steps of royalty.  Yes, folks Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge both went to the esteemed-University of St. Andrews just up the street.

Location:  24 North Street, St Andrews KY16 9AQ

Hours:  Opens at 8.30 am

 

4.  Pay homage to Hamish McHamish

Hamish was a beautiful ginger cat owned by a local lady in town.  Hamish had a wandering eye and decided he would rather be outside hanging with the locals than at home.

Eventually, the wayward cat became a popular fixture around St. Andrews.  You could often times find him sleeping on the local bookstore counter or posing for pictures with tourists.  He was well fed and watched over by the townspeople, in fact, a statue was erected in his honor.

Sadly, in 2014 just 4 months after his statue was erected the ginger cat passed away at the ripe old age of 15.  Hamish will always be remembered as the “Cool Cat Around Town”.

(via youtube TiGGiKat)

 

5.  Peer into the infamous Bottle Dungeon at St. Andrews Castle

The castle has some dark times in its past with the burning of a Protestant Preacher to the murder of a Catholic Cardinal.  It’s also home to the 24-foot bottle dungeon a claustrophobic chamber that has a narrow opening at the top like a bottle and a very small chamber at the bottom.  It is only accessible via a small trap door at the neck.  Prisoners like David Stewart, 1st Duke of Rothesay and Archbishop Patrick Graham of St Andrews were dropped in and forgotten.

Like the cathedral up the street, the castle is in ruins but there are still some great structures left on the property.  There is also an exhibit, a gift shop, and a breathtaking ocean view.

St. Andrews is a beautiful coastal town in Scotland most known for its world famous golf course. But even if you don't golf, there is still so much to do. We have put together a list of 9 unique and offbeat things to do in St. Andrews--no golf clubs required! #sarjeantsonfire #slowtravel #standrewscotland #scotlanditineraries #slowtravelcouple #standrewsgolfcourse

 

Location: The Scores, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AR

Hours:

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5 pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10 am to 4 pm
Last entry 3.30pm

Admission:

Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
Adult: £9.00
Concession: £7.20
Child aged 5-15: £5.40
Child under 5: FREE


 

St. Andrews is a beautiful coastal town in Scotland most known for its world famous golf course. But even if you don't golf, there is still so much to do. We have put together a list of 9 unique and offbeat things to do in St. Andrews--no golf clubs required! #sarjeantsonfire #slowtravel #standrewscotland #scotlanditineraries #slowtravelcouple #standrewsgolfcourse

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6.  Go 100 feet below ground to the Secret Bunker

Just 7.5 miles outside of St. Andrews is a Cold War bunker or nuclear bomb shelter that you have to visit.  I have an entire blog post describing all the details on the Secret Bunker here .

St. Andrews is a beautiful coastal town in Scotland most known for its world famous golf course. But even if you don't golf, there is still so much to do. We have put together a list of 9 unique and offbeat things to do in St. Andrews--no golf clubs required! #sarjeantsonfire #slowtravel #standrewscotland #scotlanditineraries #slowtravelcouple #standrewsgolfcourse

 

 

7. Reenact Chariots of Fire along the shores at West Sands Beach

With the golf course as its backdrop, West Sands Beach is 2 miles of pristine beach and sand dunes.  It’s a great place for recreational activities but what it’s most notorious for is the opening scene of Chariots of Fire.

P.S. Don’t forget to bring your white running clothes.

(via YouTube Jérôme Labbé)

 

8.  Do your best golf pro imitation on the Swilcan Bridge

St. Andrews is a beautiful coastal town in Scotland most known for its world famous golf course. But even if you don't golf, there is still so much to do. We have put together a list of 9 unique and offbeat things to do in St. Andrews--no golf clubs required! #sarjeantsonfire #slowtravel #standrewscotland #scotlanditineraries #slowtravelcouple #standrewsgolfcourse

 

You don’t need clubs to get a picture of the most famous landmark of golf.  The Swilcan Bridge is a 700-year-old stone bridge that sits on the 18th hole.  It is customary for champions to pay homage to the bridge after a win, but it’s also the site of some famous goodbyes too.

 

 

9.  Explore Scotland’s first University,  University of St. Andrews

It looks like a palace with it’s beautifully manicured grounds and stunning architecture.  Not only is St. Andrews the first university in Scotland it is also the third oldest in the English speaking world. Formal teaching began in 1410 by a group of masters from Paris.

You can walk around and explore the grounds of the University.  It has one of the most extensive university library collections with over one million volumes and over two hundred thousand rare and antique books.  There are also free museums  MUSA (Museum of St. Andrews), Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History., two beautiful chapels St. Salvators and St. Leonards, and of course all the beautiful old buildings.  Those are some lucky kids.

So, when you decide to travel to Scotland definitely put St. Andrews on the list!

 

Happy Trails 👣,

Donna


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St. Andrews is a beautiful coastal town in Scotland most known for its world famous golf course. But even if you don't golf, there is still so much to do. We have put together a list of 9 unique and offbeat things to do in St. Andrews--no golf clubs required! #sarjeantsonfire #slowtravel #standrewscotland #scotlanditineraries #slowtravelcouple #standrewsgolfcourse

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Mike and Donna have been exploring the world slowly since 2017. They are halfway to their goal of exploring every country in Europe! They would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment!

3 Comments

  1. October 8, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Wow what a relaxing 5 day itinerary of St Andrews. You will laugh, but in 2010, we did a 5 day tour of Scotland! Too, too much! We were mad! But we loved our time in Scotland regardless. Enjoy your slow travels in Scotland 👍

    • sarjeantsonfire
      Author
      October 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      You know that last trip we took was a whirlwind around the Baltic’s, Finland and Russia….2 weeks of rushing around. Sometimes, you just can’t help it…right?

    • sarjeantsonfire
      Author
      October 14, 2018 / 7:03 pm

      Thanks Estelle!

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