St Andrews Tourism

Home to one of the Oldest Universities in Scotland and named after the country’s Patron Saint, St. Andrews is a blend of old-world spots that have been transformed to modern hangout places sparked with iconic Golf courses, charming eateries that take shelter in medieval homes and a sea front that has fairy dust sprinkled all over it.

The place is a popular Pilgrimage spot and November 30 marks the day when the Patron Saint is celebrated, cherished and revered. Amidst all its attractions, you are left with a compact city that embraces its heritage, history and is proud of its Scottish roots. So be it staying at a small Castle, playing Golf at the Old Course or enjoying the hoard of eateries that serve lip-smacking local cuisine, you are sure to fall in love with the city at every turn. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754 is the head of the game worldwide and the city has many game-enthusiasts who come here to take special courses.  

The Saint Andrew church dates back to at least the 8th century and forms the center of the small city. Pilgrims from all over the world come to the city in November to celebrate the day of the Patron Saint.

For the modern tourist, St. Andrews’ heart lies in the hustling Pubs, the small alleys that hug old buildings, the beaches that have a gorgeous view and its ever-evolving culture that nullifies any stereotype you may have about Scotland.

The natural reserves of St. Andrews are another one of the its many highlights. The Cameron Reservoir and the Eden Estuary are popular places to go bird-watching while the local beaches are loved for its marine life.

St Andrews charisma with its cultural festivals, passionately preserved history, an electric sports pulse and the quaint streets and buildings that overlook the North Sea, is sure to make you fall in love with the city. 

Essential travel information and St Andrews tips for your visit

General Info:

  • Currency: British Pound (Euro)
  • Electricity and Internet: The electricity voltage is 230 Volts with frequency of 50 Hz. The plug type is ‘G’.
  • Languages Spoken: English is the official language while Welsh, Irish, Ulster Scots, Cornish and Gaelic is be spoken in minority. 

Time Zone:

  • Standard Time Zone: UTC/ GMT + 00 hour
  • Daylight savings time: UTC/GMT +1 hour

Security:

  • Non-emergency Police number: 101
  • Emergency Police number: 999
  • Accident and Medical Emergency: +44 (0)1382 660111 

Tipping:

  • It is customary to leave 10-15% of the bill at restaurants if it is not included in the bill already. Do check twice to avoid double tipping.
  • For drivers, you can round-off the bill or give a 5 Euros tip for airport drop services. 

Customs:

  • A handshake is a good way to greet people and greeting with a kiss is reserved for family and friends.
  • When in a Pub it is common to buy a round of drinks for everyone in your group.
  • Do brush up on your Dining Etiquettes. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of St Andrews

  • Know the pollution level of St Andrews before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 15 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 40 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 10 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 30 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 10 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 20 (Low)
  • How safe is St Andrews for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in St Andrews.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.77 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 27.88 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 33 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36 (Low)
    • Attacks 31.73 (Low)
    • Drug offense 70.19 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.88 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 53.85 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 47.12 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 52 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of St Andrews is 199.29 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 60.32 (High)
    • Climate Index 89.56 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 17.93 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 10 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 65.05 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 83.56 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.09 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 91.01 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in St Andrews

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.27 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.99 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.18 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 89.89 USD

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