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|East Neuk of Fife
Watercolor of Crail Harbour by Hugh Livingstone
|The St. Andrews area is not complete without
a visit to the East Neuk, with
villages and harbours. These
villages that are also art villages,
many fine galleries. (Click on
St Andrews area
For heavenly golf, come to the Kingdom...the
Kingdom of Fife. And Fife is indeed
made up of several royal burghs. Our base in Fife will be the legendary town
of St. Andrews, for centuries a great centre for religious
and academic life in Scotland and surrounded by more outstanding golf courses
and more history than you can sample
Independent golfing in the ancient Kingdom
Where to play? Click the links on this page for the delightful
courses in the St. Andrews area. For
where to stay and (for the non-golfer) what to do all day in and around St. Andrews, see below. At
the end of each golf course review
find additional recommendations for
Where to stay in St. Andrews
We recommend these fine 3 & 4 star guesthouses,
B&Bs and small hotels --
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If you stay in town, you'll find a large
concentration of lodging on a short
called Murray Park and in the area
it. Very convenient to the St. Andrews
golf courses and town centre, which
easy 5 minute walk. The entire street
Park) is lined with Guesthouses and
and runs only one long block between
Scores (the road along the seafront)
North Street, one of the main streets
town. Most of the following locations
in the center of St. Andrews and you
walk to everything. Parking is generally
on the street.
Lorimer House -
19 Murray Park. Run by a gracious couple, Chris and Michael.
1st class service in their carefully
Victorian house, with a ground floor
for those not wanting stairs. www.lorimerhouse.com
Craigmore Guest House - 3 Murray Park www.standrewscraigmore.com
Glenderran Guest House - 9 Murray Park ... www.glenderran.com
Cameron House - 11 Murray Park .http://web.onetel.net.uk/~cameronhouse/
Doune House - .5 Murray Place (tiny street just off Murray
Aslar Guest House - 120 North Street ( just 30 seconds from Murray
Beveridge House - 25 North Street -- Homey and non-touristy,
1 guest room, very well-maintained with good-sized
bedroom and large modern bathroom. Ideal
for walking everywhere. Directly across from
quaint St. Andrews Preservation and Trust Museum
and Garden (see below). www.beveridgehouse.co.uk
Old Fishergate House - Beautiful 4-star well-located B&B.
Two twin-bedded rooms, each with its
sitting room and bathroom. On a quiet
in the historic district, it's a short
from almost everything, and consistently
receives strong recommendations from
guests. Book early. www.oldfishergatehouse.co.uk
Queen's Terrace - 18 Queen's Terrace (quiet location, one block
from town centre). Well recommended, very popular...so book
tel/01334 47884. E-mail: email@example.com
Ogstons on North Street - Boutique hotel in the heart of St. Andrews.
Nominated for Small Hotel of the Year in 2009, this sylish small hotel is very popular,
Location is tops and rates are excellent.
In a class by itself. Highly recommended.
|The St Andrews Experience ......
"Apartment at Number 18"
Luxurious sellf-catering apartment steps from town centre. Perfect for 2 people. On ground floor with
two bathrooms. Owners Paul and Sheila Briggs
are masterful in creating and managing superior
On the other hand...
The Old Course Hotel -.If your preference is sheer luxury in
a large resort hotel, look no further.
of The Leading Hotels of the World, directly overlooking the infamous "Road Hole"
of the Old Course. A landmark in St
|Rufflets Country House Hotel
A gem, world apart yet only a five minutes
drive from St Andrews. One of the top ten country house hotels in
Scotland, privately owned. Highest standards
of facilites, comfort, food and service.
The Golf Pad .... spectacular inside and out..
|Overlooking the scenic Tay River, the accommodation
is superb and the view is breathtaking. The
Golf Pad is rented as a complete unit on
a daily, weekly or long-term basis. Visit
their website to learn how unusual and spectacular
this place is. Numerous options for the entire house. Fractional
ownership available ! Created and owned by
Chris and Claire Toll, renowned for their
previous St.Andrews Golfing Lodge. Easy drive
to St Andrews or Carnoustie. www.thegolfpad.com
And if you want to stay in Carnoustie --
Linksview Guest House -- Directly across the street from the Carnoustie
Championship Course. See their website
details. www.linksviewcarnoustie.com. A great addition to the town of Carnoustie.
St. Andrews is a wonderful walking town,
so much of it is accessible on foot.
write pages and pages about it, but
try to keep it brief.
What to do all day in St. Andrews
|On sunny days used books (some great finds
here) and plants are sold in
the Market Square,
middle of Market Street
Tourist Information Centre -- 70 Market Street, which is one of the three
main shopping streets along with North
South Sts. Excellent place for orienting
yourself to the area. I always make
my first stop. Loads of free material
well as nice stuff to buy, most of
in Scotland. Pick up a free local map.
St. Andrews Castle -- With its waveswept backdrop this was the
scene of some of the bloodiest battles
the Reformation. See the Bottle Dungeon,
hollowed out of rock, from which the
escape was death. History really comes
St. Andrews Cathedral -- Tour this yourself or go with an organized
tour. Climb St. Rule's Tower for a
view of the town and area. At one time
was Scotland's largest cathedral.
Take a tour of the University-- You no longer can catch a glimpse of Prince
William here as he has graduated. But
Andrews University was a renowned and
academic centre long before William's
Scotland's oldest university, it was
seat of learning and is set amongst
ivy-clad buildings and delightful quadrangles
and gardens. You are welcome to walk
grounds here at any time and you can
take a student-guided tour during the
|Enjoying strolling in the lovely grounds
of St. Andrews University.
Walkies -- An excellent little booklet available in
the Tourist Information Centre is "St.Andrews and East Fife VIllages on
Foot." I love this little guide. So many beautiful
places to walk here. Our favorite evening
stroll is down Murray Park (street
those B & Bs) to the seafront.
turn left, you walk along The Scores
along the seafront) and come to the
Since in the summer it stays light
very late, there are always golfers
back down the 17th and 18th holes.
shadows make the course look magical.
the other hand, If you turn right at
Scores, you come to the University
the Castle and the harbour.
Shopping -- Market and South Streets are the main shopping
streets. It's fun just to stroll up
both. Here are a few things I've singled
out, but you will discover many more
Market Street --
||#149 is Highland House Kiltmaker. Also on
Market Street is Tesco (supermarket),
(pharmacy), and an excellent
health food store owned by a most helpful and knowledgeable
couple, Susanne and Hugh Livingstone.
is also a fine artist.)
The Tourist Information Centre (see above) is on Market Street, and is
a good place to begin your day.
Market Street is lined with a
shops and eateries--something
The street is very short so start
and walk up and down both sides.
South Street -- is the other rewarding shopping street.
Again, quite short, so browse along
sides of the street. Many quaint and
shops line the street. A good example
why people like to come to Scotland.
#201 South Street is another example
traditional "High Street shop."
This delectable little produce shop
local items. (The Scottish strawberries
St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum &
Garden, at 12 North Street, is a charming 16th Century
house with interesting displays regarding
the town's history. There's a lovely
garden where you can sit and relax
hidden beauty spot.
|Guided Walks -- Tourist Information Centre has further
||St. Andrews is very picturesque and fascinating,
so these walks are enjoyable
as well as informative.
Led by qualified guides who cover
as the Old Course, Cathedral,
etc., the walks last 1-1/2 hours.
Old Course Guided Tour -- Ideal for the non-golfer who wants to beome
more familiar with the legendary St.
Old Course. The interesting little
the first hole (not all 18) and other
you will enjoy knowing about. Saturdays & Sundays in
June, and daily in July & August.
go every hour from 11-4, and start
golf shop behind the 18th hole of the
Course. Small admission fee. The Tourist
Info Centre has a little brochure on
Byre Theatre -- check with the Tourist Info Centre for
schedule. This is a fine theatre, right
town, presenting plays year round.
seen several well-done productions
Craigtoun County Park -- lovely to look at and fun to visit, with
boating, a little train, and lots of
outdoor activities. On the outskirts
take a bus to it or drive (see your
St. Andrews Botanical Gardens, at the Cannongate. This also you can drive
to or take a bus, although many people
to it. It's clearly signposted and
can direct you. Indicated on your town
Internationally acclaimed 18 acres
West Sands -- the beach running next to the St. Andrews
golf courses is not only fun to walk
horses are often exercised here as
But it's famous most of all because
is where the great race scene in "Chariots of Fire" was filmed.
|The West Sands, looking out onto the beach
where Chariots of Fire was filmed, and (below) looking back at
|Just northwest of St. Andrews - in Leuchars (follow the A919)
12th Century Norman Church -- St Athernase
"The second finest piece of Norman work
in the whole of Breat Britain."
in 1187 by a crusader, much of
remains just as the stonemasons
left it over
800 years ago.
Open April to October, with guided tours
on Tuesdays, when their Coach
is also open. Admission is free, but the upkeep on this
architectural treasure is sizable
donations are always welcome. www.leucharsstathernase.org.uk
There is something for everyone here. A few
minutes spent browsing through the
give you many options. I'm listing
choices for you, but you'll discover
others. Special Note - Tay River salmon is some of the world's best.
Many of the restaurants serve it. (The
River is very near St. Andrews.)
I cover other towns when Richard reviews
their golf courses, and have more suggestions
for you there. Lots of worthwhile things to see and do near
St. Andrews. Especially see my notes
on Crail Craighead ..
When you're hungry in St. Andrews
Nahm-Jim - Excellent Thai food served in a beautiful
17th Century townhouse in the centre
Andrews. At #11 Crails Lane. Turn right
of the Tourist Info Centre and then
again at a tiny alley (Crails Lane)
a few steps away. Very nice. Very popular,
so bookings are strongly recommended.
Vine Leaf Restaurant - 131 South Street. Fine food at higher end
Doll's House - 3 Church Square, next to the library. Good
food, interesting menu.
Russell Hotel - 26 The Scores, corner of Murray Park and
The Scores. Popular with golfers. Friendly
Byre Theatre - has a very nice restaurant with good wine
And a personal favorite of ours -- St. Andrews Links Clubhouse. Although they have a very good restaurant,
we prefer the Lounge, where they serve
meals in a very relaxing and pleasant
Food is above average, prices reasonable,
and the ambience is tops--a large,
bright room with huge windows in almost
direction, looking out over the Jubilee
New Courses with the North Sea just
The inside can offer interesting views
well, because it's filled with golfers,
of them famous.
St. Andrews Golf Courses now have a second
clubhouse, the St. Andrews Eden Clubhouse, also open to the public. An informal restaurant
offering great views over the links,
from upstairs. Light meals served all
And if you feel like going a few miles out
of town, we can recommend these --
We especially like the Upper Largo Hotel
& Restaurant -- The motto of this old country inn is "good
food served all day, every day,"
it's true. The Upper Largo serves delicious
Scottish meals (good seafood is a specialty)
with something for everyone, offering
value for your money. You can dine
pub room or in the glass-enclosed conservatory
(our own favorite), but either way
is appealing and very relaxed. Easy
the Upper Largo Hotel & Restaurant is in the tiny village of Upper Largo, right
on the main road (A915) from St. Andrews
to Largo, Leven and Lundin Links. The
will be on your left as you round the
in Upper Largo. Lots of parking. Only
20 minutes from St.. Andrews. But if
playing Lundin or Leven golf course,
only a couple of minutes from this
place. Telephone 01333 360236.
Dreel Tavern - Picturesque 16th Century inn serving good
bar lunches and evening meals. In the
of Anstruther, at 16 High Street West.
01333 310727 for bookings.
Anstruther Fish Bar and Restaurant - 42 Shore Street in Anstruther, down on
the East Neuk. Worth the 25-minute
if you want a basic fish and chips
and don't care about the atmosphere.
serve haddock instead of the usual
have won numerous awards for it. If
already in the Crail area, it's just
hop along the coast to Anstruther.
Drumoig Golf Hotel - The view is quite lovely, the ambience pleasant,
and the meals are good. Prices are right, too. Worth the 10 minute
One of our favorite out-of-town restaurants is the Ship Inn in Elie. Down on the south coast of Fife,
it is located right on the harbour,
seafood and nice ambience. Several
to choose from. We don't mind the 20-minute
drive at all. And if you happen to
the Leven, Crail, Lunden Links, Elie
for golf anyway, the Ship Inn is nearby. (See photo on Elie page.
Special Note - The "picturebook" fishing villages
along the East Neuk southern coast
many nice tea rooms and small restaurants
within art galleries. Pittenweem, Crail,
Anstruther and St. Monans are all walking
towns, and you will discover delights
matter which way you turn.