Discover our Secret Garden, a plantsman’s paradise hidden within ancient walls. Naturalistic plantings give a modern flavour to a traditional Victorian garden complete with box hedges, lilacs and roses galore and a burn running gently towards the sea. An oasis of peace and tranquillity at any time of the year, from pure white snowdrops in the spring to the late autumn grasses swaying in the breeze and catching the low sun, the garden offers respite from a busy world.
These walking tours of St Andrews take you through the historical heart of the town while allowing you the time to sample food and drink from some of St Andrews unique restaurants, shops and bars. Between premises on our tours your guide will point out interesting sights of the town and give advice on other places to visit after your tour is over.
On our unique St Andrews walking tours you will enjoy the quirky history of the town while sampling food and drink in up to five venues on the journey. This breaks up the walk into 10-15 minutes segments with seating and toilet facilities available at some of the stops.
The Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth Estuary in the south, to the Tay Estuary in the north and stretches for 117 miles. The path is clearly waymarked and offers a range of walking experiences from the easy and level, to the wild and demanding. Whether done in bite sized chunks or as a long distance route there is definitely something for everyone.
From the cosmopolitan atmosphere of St. Andrews to the former coal mining towns of central Fife; from the small fishing villages of the East Neuk to the bustling industrial areas of the west, rugged cliffs, award winning beaches, internationally important estuaries and wildlife reserves, walking the Fife Coastal Path is an experience not to be missed!
There is plenty to see and do on your visit to Craigtoun Park! Don’t miss some of their famous attractions including the Rio Grande Railway and boating lake. And, of course, “Puffin Billy”. Families have enjoyed Craigtoun’s facilities for over fifty years, so visit and find out what all the fuss is about!
The St Andrews Aquarium is appropriately located beside the sea, overlooking the West Sands. Seals, reef sharks, piranhas, seahorses, lionfish and many other species will vie for your attention, and children will be particularly interested in the twice-daily seal feeding and “rockpool rambles”.
The Aquarium has also diversified into land-based species, with penguins, alligators, reptiles, spiders and meerkats (including “Wills”, “Kate” and family!) and there is a cafe on site.
About 8000 species of ferns, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees are grown here. Some are native to Scotland but most grow wild in other regions of the world. All those outdoors are hardy and can be cultivated successfully in the climate around St Andrews. The soil is developed in glacial till overlying magnesian limestone. In the upper part of the garden the texture is a clay loam but near the Kinness Burn, it is sandy with some gravel. Interpretation Boards are situated at various points throughout the garden.
Kellie Castle dates from as early as the 14th century and has magnificent plaster ceilings, painted panelling and fine furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. It also contains a long-concealed mural by the celebrated Arts & Crafts pioneer, Phoebe Anna Traquair. The grounds and garden could easily be a day out in themselves, with acres of woodland walks, a bird hide and an abundance of nature. The Arts & Crafts garden is packed with beautiful borders of old-fashioned roses and herbaceous plants, as well as fruit and vegetables – all grown organically.
Our collections are truly inspiring. They permit us to exhibit wonderful examples of historic fishing boats and gear. They help us to illustrate the geography and social structures of our fishing communities. They allow us to honour their ways of life, skills, customs, dress, creativity and resilience, and to improve understanding of the various external circumstances, environmental, technological, political and commercial, which had and still continue to have such an impact upon them.
Hidden beneath an innocent Scottish farmhouse lies Scotland’s Secret Bunker. 2014 marked the 20th anniversary since the Bunker opened to the public, unveiling 40 years of secrets. We invite you to take the journey down the 450 foot tunnel and through the blast doors to discover the secrets of the bunker, which was built to help safeguard Scotland during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear attack.
We have 3 types of distillery tours suitable for all levels of whisky interest. You can either book online or by phone, or just turn up. Your tour will include a visit to our exhibition, a guided tour of our distillery and tasting with one of our guides.
The south-east facing cafe and terrace is a lovely place to relax and enjoy locally sourced soup, sandwiches and cakes. As well as tea, coffee and soft drinks, we serve local beer and, of course, a range of gin, whisky and wine by the glass.
The May Princess sails from Anstruther to the beautiful Isle of May almost every day from 1st April to 30th September. The trip on the boat lasts from around 4.5 to 5 hours in total, which includes 2.5 to 3 hours ashore on the Island, and if the weather allows a slow circumference of the Island by the boat to allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife from the sea. On board enjoy the commentary and assistance during the trip from our experienced Skipper and crew, who will try and make your day out a most memorable one. The boat also has a small snack bar and toilets.
Crail Pottery was established in 1965 by Stephen and Carol Grieve. Today it is run by their daughter Sarah, son Ben and Ben's wife Jane. Stephen and Carol still work too.
Crail Pottery is set around a beautiful courtyard in the heart of historic Crail and produces a diverse range of stoneware, terracotta planters, raku and bright hand painted earthenware. Every piece is hand thrown on the wheel, decorated, glazed and fired on site in their workshops.
Crail Harbour is one of the most photographed harbours in Scotland.
The main breakwater is thought to date from the 16th century and built with Dutch assistance. In 1820s the West Pier was added by the well known Scottish lighthouse and harbour builder, Robert Stevenson whose grandson was Robert Louis Stevenson, author of novels such as Kidnapped, Treasure Island and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
The Museum provides an insight into the past life of this ancient Royal Burgh, its kirk, seafaring tradition, 229 year-old golf club and airfield history (HMS Jackdaw, Fleet Air Arm Station, HMS Bruce Boys Training School and Joint Services School for Linguists).
The Church - or Kirk to use the Scots term - dates from the 12th century and has been in continuous use since then. In the early thirteenth century a tower was added at the west end and the nave was re-built with arcades of six gothic arches opening to north and south aisles and a new arch opening to the chancel. In this form the building was dedicated to Saint MAELRUBHA of Applecross in Wester Ross on 21st June 1243 by David de Bernham, Bishop of St. Andrews.