Although St Andrews is renowned for its golf courses, there are many other attractions available in the vicinity. Those include:
British Golf Museum
St Andrews is synonymous with golf and for many, making the pilgrimage to St Andrews fulfills a lifelong dream. The British Golf Museum is a living shrine and follows the game from its days of inception to modern day.
The Byre, in operation since 1933, opened its current state-of-the-art facility in 2001. It offers a diverse program of classic and contemporary drama, dance, concerts, opera, comedy and film. Visit their website for a comprehensive list of current and future productions.
Fife Coastal Path
The Fife Coastal Path, which was completed in 2002, runs from Culross through St Andrews and on to the Tay Bridge. The path, which has 7 different sections, offers exceptional views of Scotland's majestic coast. Each section features numerous points of interest along the way.
Preservation Trust Museum
Founded in 1937, the Trust's mandate is to preserve the buildings, character and history of St Andrews for future generations. The Trust Museum provides detailed information on the history of St Andrews and is open daily from 2pm to 5pm.
St Andrews Aquarium
The aquarium offers 30 exhibition tanks that house hundreds of species from sharks to seahorses, lobsters to lionfish, poison dart frogs to piranhas and the perennial favorite seals. Open year round.
St Andrews Botanic Garden
Described as a hidden gem of Scotland, the Botanic Garden features numerous exotic plants and flowers across 7 hectares. The facility dates back to 1889 and is open to the public between April and October, is a favored locale for wedding photos.
St Andrews Castle
The castle, which dates back to 1200, served as the Bishops' Palace for centuries and was the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland. Destroyed during the Reformation, the castle is now in ruins; however, a modern Visitor Centre provides detailed insight into its storied past.
St Andrews Cathedral and St Rule's Tower
Although it is now in ruins, St Andrews Cathedral, which dates back to 1160 is still very impressive. The view from the top of St Rule's Tower is breathtaking, and the visitor center contains a number of artifacts that help set the history of the site into context.
St Andrews Museum
Opened in 1855 as a private residence, the spectacular Kinburn Castle was converted to a museum in 1991. The museum chronicles St Andrews life from Medieval Times to present day. It features an extensive collection of archaeological items, archives, social history, coins and medals, music and other interesting artifacts.
Scotch Whiskey ToursThere are numerous Scotch whiskey distilleries between Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. Many can be reach as part of a day trip from St Andrews.