Much more than golf

The Auld Grey Toun

Despite its nickname and long history, there is nothing grey about St Andrews. The town centre today is a vibrant, bustling hub of colour with an eclectic mix of independent shops, restaurants and galleries all set against the stunning background of this medieval Royal Burgh.

The University of St Andrews

As well as the birthplace of the modern game, St Andrews is also home to the oldest University in Scotland, the meeting place of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge - The University of St Andrews.

Visit the St Andrews University website here.

Scotland's Greatest Cathedral

The remains of St Andrews Cathedral are impressive enough but they can only hint at the vast grandeur of what was once the largest Cathedral in Scotland. A climb to the top of this magnificent structure will reward you with stunning vistas of St Andrews and the Fife countryside.

Read more about St Andrews Cathedral here.

Chariots of Fire

Famous for the opening scene in the film, West Sands offers nearly two miles of uninterrupted beach. Running parallel to the Jubilee Course, it’s the perfect place for a romantic, moonlit stroll or early morning run depending how active you feel.

Read more about West Sands here.

St Andrews Castle

Featuring an infamous ‘bottle dungeon’ the kids will love, St Andrews Castle is largely ruined after 400 years of wars and sieges. Well worth a visit.

Read more about St Andrews Castle here.

 

Guided Walks on the Old Course

Join an expert guide on a tour of the world's most famous course. Walk in the footsteps of golf's greats and experience a player's eye view of the fabled links.

Tours take place at 11am and 2pm starting at the St Andrews Links Golf Shop behind the 18th green of the Old Course. Check notice boards for next tour. Walks are scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August. The tour takes approximately 50 minutes.

Tickets cost £3.00 per person and should be purchased from the guide on the day.

All tickets include a voucher for a complimentary Old Course scorecard and a voucher giving promotional price entry to the British Golf Museum, which is located only about 100 yards from the Old Course.

With the Old Course busy for play six days a week throughout the summer months, this tour is a great way to see the historic Links from the centuries-old fairways, just as golfers from Old Tom Morris to Tiger Woods have done.

Guided walks can be arranged for other dates for groups of eight or more booking in advance.

A longer tour of the Old Course takes place on Sundays in July and August. Lasting about three hours, the tour will take in notorious features such as Hell Bunker and The Coffins as well as landmarks like High Hole, the most celebrated par 3 in golf. Tours begin at the shop behind the 18th Green at 10am and tickets, priced £6 per person, should be booked in advance by emailing walk@standrews.org.uk.

To reserve a lunch table at the Swilcan Restaurant in the Links Clubhouse contact Dorothy Murphy or phone +44 (0)1334 466666.