Day Trip to St Andrews, Scotland with Kids
If you know golf at all, you’ve heard of St Andrews. Known as the birthplace of golf, this village is a must see if you or a family member is a golf lover.
Because we didn’t rent a car while in Scotland, we booked a day trip excursion to St Andrews. The upside of this tour was that we not only went to St Andrews, we also went to the fishing villages of Fife. Keep in mind if you do a day-long trip, a lot of your time is spent driving. If you have younger children, be sure to pack things to do on the ride there.
The Old Course at St Andrews
For many people, St Andrews is all about the golf. While tours depart daily, you should try to book your visit on Sunday. Sunday is the only day that you’re allowed to walk on the Old Course. Our kids loved hopping into the sand traps, and had we visited on any other day, they wouldn’t have been able to do this. We didn’t walk through all 18 holes, but we certainly could have.
St Andrews Culture
Those who follow the lives of the British Monarchy will recognize St Andrews as the place where William and Kate met. Every street we passed had at least one café with a sign: “William and Kate met here.” In the end, I’m not sure anyone other than William and Kate know where they met, but it was a lot of fun to imagine them sitting where we were.
St Andrews Cathedral
Located on the other side of village from the Old Course, the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral offer a unique look back at Scottish history. There is no charge, and to walk among the ruins is to go back in time. We tend to forget as Americans just how young our country is. To stand in the midst of buildings that have been around for 600 years boggles the brain, or at least it does mine!
Tips for St Andrews
1. Take cash. A lot of the smaller shops don’t accept credit cards. And you’ll want to be sure the cash is converted into pounds.
2. Take time to explore. I really wish we had been able to spend more time in St Andrews. The village is so picturesque and offers so many shops and cafés to enjoy. The few hours we were there weren’t enough.
3. Plan your visit, especially if you’re limited by time. The Old Course at St Andrews and the St Andrews Cathedral ruins are on opposite ends of the village, so plan on doing a lot of walking or pushing strollers. If you do want to make it to both, you’ll need to budget your time.
4. Dress accordingly. Depending on the time of year you’re going, be sure to bring a lightweight jacket.
Want to stay closer to St Andrews? Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Dundee is located less than 20 miles from St Andrews. Edinburgh is also an excellent base city for your exploration of Scotland. Hotels to consider there are: Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor and Hilton Edinburgh Airport.
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St Andrews Old Course photo by Paul Birrell, CC BY-SA 2.0
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