St Andrews & Anstruther

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThinking of heading to Scotland? Beyond the wonderful epi-centre of Edinburgh that is? Let me make a heartfelt recommendation: St Andrews. Having recently finished up participating in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival I decided to head north for a few days and explore another region- The Kingdom of Fife- and trust me, it is just as majestic as it sounds…

I decided to make St Andrews my base for three days, and subsequently found a lovely cheap hostel to stay in- the highly recommended St. Andrews Tourist Hostel. I had the best part of a day to explore St Andrews itself, which is small and student oriented, and is a stunning city in terms of architecture and nature.

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Located right on the coast, St Andrews has one of the most spectacular beaches I have ever been to. Stretching for miles, the East Sands (pictured below) is beautiful, spacious, and relaxing. Not only do you get a fantastic beach experience, but you can enjoy the view of the ocean AND of St Andrews historic architecture as you walk.

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St Andrews is home to Scotland’s first university, the aptly named St Andrews University, and is also a world class golf destination. Gold course, beach, and buildings converge beautifully in this small seaside town.

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A wonderful day trip from St Andrews is the nearby fishing village of Anstruther. A bus trip will take you about 25-40 minutes depending on which route you take (X69 is fastest) and will cost approx £7 return. Buses depart from St Andrews Bus station and arrive right into Anstruther Harbour.

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Anstruther is a small seaside town with a charming harbour that is worth the trip in itself. Definitely take the time to go on the beautiful Fife coastal walk (approx one hour, depending how far you walk).

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The Fife Coastal Walk will take you to nearby villages including the charming Pitternweem. Don’t forget your camera!

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 After all that walking MAKE SURE you head to the Anstruther Fish Bar for the UK’s#1 Fish and Chips.

Seriously- its the BEST.

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The best way to round off the day is to go on a boat ride to the Isle of May. You can catch a boat from the harbour and the trip makes for a glorious afternoon outing from Anstruther.

Post on The Isle of May coming soon!

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  1. James

    Cancel Japan. We’re going here!

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