St Andrews Cathedral is the largest church to be built in Scotland. It currently lies in ruins and is under the custody of Historic Environment Scotland. Visiting the cathedral you will learn all about is history, from construction to modern day within its museum and shop. You will also be able to wander the ruins and take in the spectacular architecture and scenery of the surrounding area.
Built around 1200, St Andrews Castle was a luxurious residence for the Bishops of Scotland. This now ruined castle is under the custody of Historic Environment Scotland. Upon visiting the castle you will be able to descend into the mines, peer into the bottle nosed dungeon and marvel its surviving façade.
You can’t mention St Andrews without mentioning its “the home of golf”. With 10 golf courses within the town to choose from (and numerous others in the nearby surrounding areas) it really is a must for any golf enthusiast.
Founded in 1413, The University of St Andrews is often voted one of the best universities not only in Scotland but in the UK. Students from all over the world come to study here, but most notably it is where The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met during their studies.
Located a few miles outside the city, Craigtoun Country Park is a great day out for all the family. With seasonal activities, play parks, a café, and of course lots of green space. It really is a perfect day out with the kids.
Founded in 1889 by the University of St. Andrews is the Botanic Gardens, situated on the outskirts of the town. For a small fee you can explore the woodlands and take in the diverse range of plants and animals which inhabit the area. There are several large greenhouses to explore as well as a butterfly house. There are natural play parks as well as self led trails around the grounds. Another fun day out for all the family.
Travelling to St Andrews by Ferry
There is only one ferry port to St Andrews and that is Cairnryan Ferry Terminal. This ferry terminal is approximately 245km away (153 miles) which would be a pleasant drive allowing you to explore the Scottish countryside, taking around 3 and a half hours. Where ever you live in the world, driving to St Andrews should be easy with ferries arriving into Scotland from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.