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Reasons to visit St Andrews if you’re not a golfer

Reasons to visit St Andrews if you’re not a golfer

St Andrews is often referred to as the home of Scottish golf, and with good reason, thanks to its traditional courses which attract some of the world’s most elite players.

If you’re a fan of the game, St Andrews has an obvious appeal whether you’re coming to play or to simply watch one of the big tournaments and championships which take place, such as the Open.

However, you might be surprised at how much there is to see and do, even if the sport doesn’t interest you. Here’s some reasons to visit St Andrews, and some ideas how you could enjoy yourself while your other half indulges their passion for the game.

Whisky tours

Whisky TrailScotland is famous for its whiskies and St Andrews is no exception, with many distilleries and whisky makers in the region.

If you’re partial to the amber nectar, a tour of some of the top whisky distilleries could be a fascinating way to spend a day. You’ll have the chance to learn how whisky is made, from the first harvest through to when it’s ready to be bottled and will also be able to sample those on offer.

Whisky tours are a great choice to discover the different types of whisky on offer, and sample the different flavours which can be found. Check our availability here.

Spa treatment

If after all that whisky you feel as if you need to purify your body once more, a little trip to the local St Andrews spa should do the trick.

You’ll have the choice of an array of treatments on offer including relaxing massage, invigorating scrubs and pampering sessions too. Pick the therapies which appeal most to you, and you could walk out of the spa feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and looking simply fabulous as well!

Take a ghost tour

For those with nerves of steel, St Andrews has lots of different ghost tours where visitors can tour round some of the most haunted spots in the area.

St Andrews has centuries of history, with ruins and legends around every corner. Do you dare to visit the Cathedral and look for the mysterious White Lady, or how about taking the winding stairs up Rule Tower to look for the ghostly monk keen to help visitors up the steps?

Elsewhere the spirit of a murdered cardinal wanders aimlessly through the streets while ghostly coaches have been seen hurtling around late at night.

Do you dare to see whether you can spot any ghostly apparitions…?

The beach

Malt Whisky TrailGlorious beaches may not be the first image that you conjure up when you think of Scotland, but even in the briskest of weathers, the endless stretches of soft, silky sand are a sight to behold.

West Sands features sand dunes which hold protected status due to the vast array of wildlife that lives there, but it’s perhaps more famous for being the location where the opening scenes in the iconic film Chariots of Fire were shot.


And a little extra treat for golfing fans, this beach also marks the spot where international golfing legend Gary Player once slept because he didn’t have enough money to pay for a hotel!

The wildlife

It would be a real shame to visit St Andrews without taking some time to walk around some of its most beautiful natural areas, which are home to a wide array of wildlife.

Go for a stroll and take a pair of binoculars and you could see anything from rare waders and other birds to seals bathing on the rocks. For green-fingered lovers, there’s also the St Andrews Botanic Gardens which feature many species of plants and trees.


Whether you’re popping along to St Andrews for a weekend or staying on a longer holiday, you’ll find lots to do even if you’re not a sporting fan. A treasure trove of exciting things to do and places to see, St Andrews will have you coming back time and time again. Fancy coming to St Andrews, check availability here.


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