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St Andrews Cathedral: Our most recommended tours and activities

St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

1. St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

After meeting your guide outside the Russell Hotel you will hear about the Martyrs Monument, the alleged former site of the 1st tee. Situated by the British Golf Museum this is the site of a former quarry where you will hear about what lies beneath, including its significance when golf was banned in the 1400s. You'll then head across to the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famed Old Course, where you will hear about some of the quarks of the game which have shaped its remarkable history. You'll then pass along the route of an old "19th hole" which was once frequented by Bing Crosby and was also renamed "1 Nike Place" for a week during the 2015 Open Championships. Following that, visit the Dunvegan Hotel where you can admire its many golfing photos. You will then 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 alongside a darker side of St. Andrews' past. 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 your guide 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. The tour then finishes back at the Russell Hotel where you can relax and ponder the many heady days of St. Andrews.

St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

2. St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

Discover the best of St Andrews on this walking tour and immerse yourself in the city's unique history and beauty in the company of Richard Falconer, a professional author/historian and guide. Richard has been researching the town's history for over 40 years and will take you on a journey that includes its lost and forgotten history spanning over 2000 years. You will learn how it has been a spiritual centre since 500 BC and its royal connections through the Pictish Kings, Robert the Bruce, Mary of Guise, James V, Mary Queen of Scots and Prince William. Discover off-the-beaten-track locations and gems such as the former Scottish seat of the Knights Templar and the St Andrews Meridian Line. Hear about why its first observatory was demolished and about a near-forgotten 16th-century university dwelling. Learn also about the lost treasure of St Andrews Cathedral and why it may still be here, as Richard discloses the latest developments in his research and much more besides on this fascinating insightful introduction to St Andrews - and all in an hour and a half!

St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

3. 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.

From Edinburgh: 2-Day Scottish Highlands & St. Andrews Tour

4. From Edinburgh: 2-Day Scottish Highlands & St. Andrews Tour

Take a 2-day adventure out into the Highlands with a charismatic and knowledgeable guide. See the views that inspired countless artists and writers, and visit its most famous attractions, including Loch Ness. Day 1 Departing from Edinburgh, pass the iconic Forth Bridge as you make your way to St. Andrews. Take time to explore the town’s medieval castle and cathedral, ancient University buildings (where Prince William and Kate met), or wander along the fairways edge of the world-famous Old Course.   You’ll then venture into the Scottish Highlands with a visit to the peaceful Hermitage nature reserve. Take a short walk through the forest to the Falls of Brann before lunch in Pitlochry. Continue north into the Cairngorm National Park and watch as the rolling mountains turn blue in the summer or white with falling snow in the winter. In the late afternoon, you'll arrive at Clava Cairns, the Neolithic burial chambers that inspired Diana Gabaldon during the writing of her famous Outlander novels.   Your second-to-last stop today is at Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle fought on British soil in 1746. Your guide will retell the events of the battle and teach you about its significance not only to the Highlands, but also to the Scottish diaspora since. Spend the night in Inverness, a small city packed with restaurants and fun pubs—meet the locals and dance the night away to Highland music in the famous Hootenanny’s Bar with your fellow travelers.   Day 2 Your second day begins by venturing the entire length of the most famous body of water in the world, Loch Ness. Pass Urquhart Castle on your way to Fort Augustus at the mouth of the Loch, where you’ll have the option of taking a 1-hour boat cruise to search for Nessie.   Continue West towards the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, recently made famous by the Harry Potter movies. Hike to a viewpoint to get the best photos of this impressive piece of 19th-century engineering and, in the other direction, be treated to views of Loch Shiel and the monument to the Jacobites: one of the finest views in Scotland.   After lunch, you’ll arrive in Glencoe, the site of the infamous Massacre of 1692. Your guide will share this terribly sad story of betrayal with you. However, the beauty of Glencoe stays with those who visit this place for a very long time.   Your unforgettable Highland adventure ends with a scenic drive through Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park, passing Stirling Castle and into Edinburgh.

From Aberdeen: Fife and St Andrews Sightseeing Day Tour

5. From Aberdeen: Fife and St Andrews Sightseeing Day Tour

Downton Abbey fans need look no further than Fife to find this wonderful example of Edwardian stately living. Hill of Tarvit was originally known as Wemyss Hall. In 1904, the new owner, Frederick Sharp, commissioned architect Robert Lorimer to transform the 17th-century house into a modern 20th-century mansion to display his amazing collection of fine art, porcelain and many other items. St. Andrews is a seaside town northeast of Edinburgh. It's known for its many golf courses, including the Old Course, with the landmark Swilcan Bridge at the 18th hole. You will spend a couple of hours in St Andrews, so time for exploring and visiting some of the main attractions including St. Andrews Castle, with its medieval bottle dungeon. The town is home to the University of St Andrews, the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and the oldest in Scotland. The famous cathedral, the largest in Scotland, now lies in ruins. St Andrews Cathedral was once the largest building in Europe and on the pilgrim route through Scotland.

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What people are saying about St Andrews Cathedral

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Richard was our guide and very knowledgeable about the history of St Andrews. We were a small group of four plus Richard and he was very patient as we got side tracked looking at all the amazing historical sites along our tour. I would highly recommend his tour as a must do while here. His knowledge and experience as a caddy at St Andrews gave us insite to a broader sense of the game we love and its connection to the Burgh of St Andrews University and the town.

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.

Richard is very knowledgeable and gave us some great tips for places to go after the tour. We highly recommend!

A most enjoyable coupe of hours. Many thanks to Richard our fabulous and most informed (former caddie) guide.

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