Scotland is one of Europe’s best countries. As part of the United Kingdom, it is blessed with beautiful landscapes and sceneries, a rich culture, and a famous history. Famous for it’s Highlands, this amazing country is an ideal place for a vacation. And one of the best places to go to is the city of Saint Andrews. A former royal burgh on the coast of Scotland, Saint Andrews was named after St. Andrew the Apostle and was once recognized as the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland, because of the town’s vast economic and political influence within Europe as a cosmopolitan town.
If you’re a newbie traveler, interested in history, the arts, and seeks to see Europe, then Saint Andrews is the place for you. With it’s friendly locals and wide variety of tourist spots, there is never a dull moment in your stay, as long as you know how to spend it right. Below are 4 ways on how to make your stay in Saint Andrews a happy and memorable one.
Although Golf isn’t for everybody, it’s still a very fun and challenging sport to try out. Also known as the land of golf, Saint Andrews is home to the Duke’s Course, Kittocks and Torrance and the amazing Kingsbams Golf Links. This small, white, dented ball has attracted thousands of avid sports fans around the world to this really amazing country.
Visit Black Friar Church
A trip to the ruins of the Black Friar church is surely one for the record. This slightly surreal architecture is what remains of an old chapel run by Dominican Friars. It was also the first building to be destroyed during the Scottish Reformation.
Have Fun In The Sun
The acclaimed West Sands, one of the finest beaches in Britain, is separated from the golf links by sheltering dunes. Its golden sands seem to stretch forever to the hills on the northern horizon, whilst the southward view (pictured) famously features in the opening sequence of the Oscar-winning film ‘Chariots of Fire’. Kite fliers and kite surfers enjoy the open spaces at the north end of the beach, which overlooks the Eden Estuary Nature Reserve – home to birds and seals.
The East Sands, meanwhile, lies next to the harbour – a little closer to the town centre – and boasts its own modern leisure centre with swimming pools and fitness facilities. Always popular with families, this beach is also home to the St Andrews Sailing Club. The East Sands are overlooked by the rocky Kinkell Braes, which are traversed by the Fife Coastal Path: an exhilarating route for walkers and birdwatchers.
St. Andrews has its own version of paradise, and it is considered as one of the finest in Britain. The West Sands looks like it stretches forever to the hills on the northern horizon, while it’s southern part, which has been featured in the Oscar Award winning movie “Chariots Of Fire”. On the other hand the East Sands lies in the harbor, and is much closer to the city. It is complete with its own leisure centers that is equipped with swimming pools and fitness gyms. Lastly, the beaches of Elie, which is only a 30 miute drive from St. Andrews is considered to be another amazing and picturesque site.
Go To The Museum
Famous for its museums, St. Andrews takes care of its history very seriously. The St. Andrews Museum, which is found in Kinbum Park, offers child friendly tours and expolrations of St. Andrews heritage. It also hosts regular exhibits and musical recitals. Also, Kinbum Park itself is part of history and was built during the Victorian era and was named after a battle in the Crimean War. General Sikorski, the commander in chief of the Polish Army during World War 2 has a commemoration inside the park.
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