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