St Andrews Tourism

Visit St Andrews - Best of St Andrews

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. 

St Andrews Travel Tips

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. 
More about St Andrews

Facts and Stats for St Andrews*

  • Pollution Statistics in St Andrews

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

    • Air Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 18.75 (Very Low)
  • St Andrews: Crime and Safety

    How safe is St Andrews for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in St Andrews.

    • Burglary and Theft 22.37 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 22.37 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 26.39 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 34.72 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 20.83 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 33.33 (Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 64.47 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 78.95 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60.53 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.74 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 18.42 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 47.22 (Moderate)
  • Living in St Andrews - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 64.63 (High)
    • Climate Index 89.56 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 16.81 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 69.66 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 83.56 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 62.71 (Low)
    • 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.

  • Cost for Essentials in St Andrews

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.4 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.03 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.76 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 81.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 77.54 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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