Before 'the golf', St. Andrews was famous for being Scotland's oldest university town. And before that it was a religious centre - during the medieval period, St. Andrews cathedral was Scotland's most important church. Now of course it's best known for its course and links, especially the Old Course. And as you'd expect many of the best places to stay in St Andrews have fantastic views over this iconic golf course.
The famous cathedral is now partly ruined, as is the castle, but they're very beautiful ruins. The castle especially, founded in 1200 and once home to the bishops. The ruins have wonderful views over the coastline's famed white sands, and of course onto several golf courses. If you follow the coast westwards from the castle you'll hit the first tee of the Old Course. And after that St. Andrews' Aquarium, which is a great place to visit if you're in St. Andrews with your kids.
If you want to find out more about the town then the St. Andrews' Museum is a good stop off. As is the British Golf Museum. You may also want to consider one of the many historic tours on offer - lots of them impressively staffed and lead by students at the university.
And if it's a sunny day you might like to take a stroll along one of St. Andrews' beaches, or along the harbour. Of course you're possibly just fitting the rest of your visit in around the golf games you have booked in, but there's actually a lot to do here for golfing widows as well. And if you haven't managed to qualify for a booking on the Old Course, it's closed for play on Sundays and anyone's welcome to stroll its holes.
The university was only the third in the English speaking world, when it was founded in 1410, and is still a major force in St. Andrews. During term time students number about a third of the whole population of St. Andrews.
A historic property set within ten acres of pretty gardens in St Andrews. Individually styled light and contemporary rooms and an award winning restaurant, using only local seasonal produce much of which comes from the garden. Stunning property for events or simply a country escape.
A luxury hotel overlooking the West Sands Beach with elegant and contemporary decor. A 11 hole golf course, a world class spa, casual and formal restaurants and bars and a rooftop hot tub. A great location with stunning views.