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
- 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.
- Standard Time Zone: UTC/ GMT + 00 hour
- Daylight savings time: UTC/GMT +1 hour
- Non-emergency Police number: 101
- Emergency Police number: 999
- Accident and Medical Emergency: +44 (0)1382 660111
- 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.
- 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.