Aspiring Scotland: St. Andrews

Though it can be a bit tricky to get to from Edinburgh,
St. Andrews is worth the trip
if you are up for a relaxing day in this seaside town.

Besides being famous for the historic gold course,
St. Andrews has a great atmosphere that is
friendly, easy to navigate, & relaxing.

It never hurts to remember it is also the place
where Will & Kate first met and started their relationship.

To get to St. Andrews,
take a short train from Edinburgh to Leuchars 
{with a 5 mile bus ride into St. Andrews}
or opt for the direct bus that drops you directly into St. Andrews.

*the bus is an hour longer, but is a gorgeous ride along the Scottish coast*

After lunch, 
{we like Greyfriar's}
head up to the edge of town to 
the famous & long-lined
B. Janetta's for a scoop of ice cream.

The sticky toffee ice cream is hard to beat,

but the banoffee shake is a close second.

If you want to get a good pub feel,
head past the golf course to the Old Course Hotel's quaint pub,
The Jigger Inn.

Try their freshly caught fish & chips 
and don't skimp on the sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

Once you've got your ice cream in hand,
 walk to the nearby end of the street where you'll find
the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral.

On a sunny day, the grass will be littered with sunbathers
scattered amongst the church's ruins.

{Update 25/09/12: Admission of £4.50 is now charged to enter the ruins.}

The view of the coast offers a gorgeous backdrop,
and the path outside the abbey will lead you on a beautiful walk along the beach.

{Just remember to go left- towards town!}

At the end of the road,
you'll find you've been directly dropped onto 
 the legendary golf course of St. Andrews.

Politely wait until the course is clear 
till you jump on the course for your
obligatory picture on the St. Andrew's bridge.

And of course, when you come to St. Andrews,
you have to play golf on the course.

Most of the time,
golfing at St. Andrews is about $125 per person
with a mandatory overnight stay...

but if you travel like the Aspiring Kennedy,
you can play their putting course,
that runs along side their most famous green and the beach,
without a reservation for only £2.

And that, my friends, is a fabulous little secret.

{The Himalayas are open from April- September.}

St. Andrews is a great place to find yourself on a sunny day.

I hope when you are planning your Scottish trip 
you check back here for some help!


  1. Lovely!

    When I was in St Andrews, we still used cameras with film. One of my favorite images is the one my BFF snapped of me on a giant boulder by the sea.

    Thanks for taking me back!

  2. hahaha seems like you had great fun! I have always wanted to visit Scotland!

  3. is it weird that out of all the gorg photos the one of the golden retriever is what sold me?

    i have problems.

    Edinburgh is my FAVORITE. I am going back in Sept because we went in December and the cold made me angry.

  4. Love! Looks like a fabulous weekend!!

  5. How fun! Looks like such a fabulous little vacation. So jealous of your European adventures!

  6. Have been to Edinburgh but never St. Andrews. Several of my daughter's friends go to school there. Looks lovely. And LOVE the adorable shot of you on the little bridge!

  7. I want to go!!!! Like Alex, I am VERY jealous of your European travels!

  8. you had me at banoffee:) love the smooching on the bridge!!!

  9. I am eating all this up like crazy! I just looked at flight prices and so ready to go. Lovely photos!

  10. I am from a couple of hours north of St Andrews and was only there once as a kid. I guess when places are on your doorstep you don't make the most of them - I must go again!

    Great blog

  11. Ohhh, how fun! Love the secret about the putting green at St. Andrew's - great pics!

  12. Loving your trench! And the cute pic of you and your sweetie kissing on the bridge! =)

  13. This is a trip I would love to take someday. 1) Lots of Scottish roots 2) My husband is a golfer! I'm not....but I'm sure I could make do with the good food!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  14. I am living vicariously through your photos!! Makes me want to book a trip right now and I think the golf will get my husband on board as well!

  15. Thank you for the savvy secret! Hmm now I wonder if we can get there by September...

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  16. Sounds like a wonderful trip...such a beautiful place!!

  17. It's funny because when I dream of traveling to Europe, Scotland isn't on my list of "must see places" but your pictures are so awesome, I'm pretty sure I'd love it if I went! Now if only I could get from point A to point B...hmm


  18. Once again, so fun to live vicariously through your travels via photos and fabulous descriptions! St. Andrews was such a charming place, and when I was there I think Prince William was still attending university - although it was summer break- so no chance of running into him :(


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