Old Course, St Andrews

Old Course, St Andrews: Our most recommended tours and activities

St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

1. St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

After meeting your guide outside Hotel du Vin, you will see the former birthplace of Old Tom Morris before heading into the quadrangle of St. Salvator’s College to learn about Scotland's oldest university. Along with a few other points of interest along the way, the cathedral grounds are the next landmark on the tour. Resting there are some 124 golfing greats, including some of the Tom Morris family and Allan Robertson. Walking then along the beautiful coastline, you'll overlook St. Andrews Bay as you travel to the former Archbishops Palace where the darker history of the town continues. It is there that Richard will succinctly put golf and the history of St. Andrews into perspective. From there you'll travel further along university buildings, the Principals House, and the residence where Prince William and Kate spent their first year as students. You will then head to the Old Course and hear about the early development of the game of golf and how it developed in St Andrews and became the Home of Golf. You will walk by the first fairway hearing about some of the quarks of the game which have shaped its remarkable history, and iconic buildings overlooking the course. The tour then finishes at the Swilkan Bridge where you will be able to have your photo taken on the bridge. There are a few bucket list things to do by there which wil be pointed out for you by Richard, including the Jigger Inn where you can relax and ponder the many heady days of St. Andrews.

St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

2. St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

Following author and historical expert Richard Falconer, learn the history of St. Andrews while exploring the major historic quarters of the city. Visit St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews Castle, Scotland's oldest university, and the Old Course. Set with the backdrop of Fife’s rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, thundering seas, long golden sands, and medieval buildings, discover an incredible wealth of treasures in St. Andrews with your expert guide. As you explore, discover the history and stories of the city. Visit St. Andrews Links, known as The Home of Golf, and learn about Old Course, the most prestigious golf course in the world. Hear about royalty through the ages from Pictish kings to Mary, Queen of Scots, to Prince William and Kate. Then, learn about the Scottish inventor of the kaleidoscope that lost out on millions here. Whatever your interests, this is a great way for anyone looking to explore and find out more about this unique part of the world.

St Andrews: City Highlights Walking Tour with Cocktail

3. St Andrews: City Highlights Walking Tour with Cocktail

Enjoy a wee walk followed by a premium cocktail in the luxurious setting of 18 rooftop bar and restaurant at Rusacks St Andrews overlooking the Old Course. The perfect 2 hours spent; discovering St Andrews on foot and then a drink with your local guide. You'll spend the first part of the tour on a walking tour with your small group and guide, discovering the history and culture of St Andrews. Throughout the tour, discover St Andrews as you walk in the footsteps of golfing legends, royals, heretics who were burned at the stake, famous cats, and those who live in St Andrews today. Your local guide will bring St Andrews to life. After the walking tour, relax with the guide and enjoy a bespoke or classic cocktail from 18 bar's signature cocktail menu, overlooking the Old Course and West Sand's Beach learning about Scotland's drink culture.

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What people are saying about Old Course, St Andrews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Richard was extremely enlightening and insightful. We could have stayed on the tour for another few hours. His combination of knowledge and humor was most helpful in presenting a boatload of information. We would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting St. Andrews.

Great experience with Richard, the tour guide. Only 1.5 hours you get many knowledge about St. Andrew and golf history

I’m not a golf fan but this tour with Richard was Amazing!! Perfect for Golf fans and non golf fans. Thanks Richard

So interesting, lots of good historical and golf information. Very knowledgeable guide!

It was a fabulous tour with Richard. He is so knowledgeable and well spoken