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About St Andrews

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.

Traditional country house

  • Rufflets is a haven of comfort and kind service. It was once thought of as a bit stuffy, but these days it feels fresh and luxurious. A great place to come to be looked after amongst ten acres of award-winning gardens.

For foodies

  • The Peat Inn's Michelin starred restaurant makes it one of the best places to eat in St. Andrews as well as one of the best places to stay in At. Andrews. It's out of town, in a charming 300 year old building, but it's worth the journey for the luxury, peace and FOOD!

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in St. Andrews, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in St Andrews

  • Hotel du Vin 37 rooms from $143

    St Andrews

    With beautiful views over St. Andrews Bay and superlative golf on the doorstep, it's the perfect place for this excellent hotel. Both charming and comfortable in equal measure, Hotel du Vin offers luxurious rooms, a lively bar and a great French restaurant. A seaside gem.

    Sights nearby  -  Visit St. Andrews crumbling old Cathedral.
    Great walks  -  Beautiful walking along St Andrews bay.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Rufflets 24 rooms from $175

    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.

    Country Escape  -  A stunning 1924 turreted country property set within beautiful fragrant gardens, rolling onto the gentle countryside of Fife.
    Great walks  -  Grab a packed lunch and make the most of the stunning coastal walks and trails throught the Fife landscape.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated just three kms from St Andrew's Castle, a must see for any visit to this area.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Peat Inn 8 rooms from $241

    St Andrews

    A Michelin-starred restaurant tucked away in rural Fife. Beautifully furnished rooms, calm ambiance, and delicious food.

    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Old Course Hotel 144 rooms from $443

    St Andrews

    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.

    Local exploring  -  A short stroll away from the historic university town of St. Andrews
    Back to Nature  -  Has 135 kilometres of stunning coastline
    Local markets  -  Several family run shops and businesses to choose from
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing in the rivers of St. Andrews is a must
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