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Destination guide

Walk the vibrant botanic gardens from a Saint Andrews lodge

St Andrews is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and dog lovers to find pet-friendly cottages in Scotland. You can play a few rounds of golf, learn about the history of the game in the British Golf Museum and wander the grounds of St Andrews Castle. Dogs are allowed in many places throughout the town, including the pristine St Andrews Beach, and an array of restaurants and cafes allow dogs both indoors and outside. You could even enjoy a night of cocktails in a dog-friendly pub.

 
History

History and culture near Saint Andrews holiday homes

Saint Andrews has an array of historic sites and speciality museums to explore on your trip. Holiday homes are available near places like the British Golf Museum, a museum with a collection of golf clubs and memorabilia tracing the game’s history, and Blackfriars, the stone ruins of a Dominican monastery from the 1520s. You could also visit St Salvator’s Chapel, a historic late-Gothic church with unique architectural design.

Things to do

Attractions near holiday homes in Saint Andrews

You'll find plenty of enticing attractions on the doorstep of your St Andrews holiday rental. Those who enjoy a tipple should make a beeline for Eden Mill St Andrews, Scotland's first combined brewery and distillery. Take a tour to learn all about the production of craft beer and premium spirits, with plenty of opportunities for sampling along the way. For a compelling glimpse of St Andrews' resplendent past, visit the crumbling ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Within the grounds you'll find a museum detailing the building's history, and the majestic St Rule's Tower, which dates back to the 12th century and remains impressively intact. Climb to the top for unbeatable views of the town and surrounding countryside.

Activities

What to do near Saint Andrews holiday homes

St Andrews West Sand Beach is a seductive stretch of soft golden sand, although the Scottish climate dictates that it's often best enjoyed while keeping active. Regular blustery winds provide ideal conditions for thrilling pursuits like kitesurfing and land sailing, while seafaring types can explore the coastline by kayak, dinghy or sailboat. For keen golfers, playing a round on the iconic Old Course is a bucket-list activity. Early booking is highly recommended, but you can also enter a ballot for last-minute slots. Failing that, the neighbouring 9-hole Balgove Course operates a policy of no advance booking, so you can simply turn up on the day and play.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Saint Andrews holiday homes

Scotland isn't exactly known for its enviable weather, but St Andrews is one of the country's driest and sunniest spots. The summer months of June to August are generally pleasantly warm, although it can feel fresh once the sun goes down. Late spring and early autumn tend to be mild, and thus are lovely times to visit. Winters are invariably chilly, with strong winds and regular frosts. However, extreme cold and snowfall are relatively rare. St Andrews holiday rentals are in particularly high demand throughout the graduation ceremonies that take place in June and December, so be sure to book early if you're planning a trip during one of these periods.

Natural features

Animal encounters around St Andrews

The unspoilt region surrounding St Andrews will enthrall those looking to really get away from it all. For a scenic hike, tackle a stretch of the Fife Coastal Path, which encompasses vertigo-inducing cliffs, picture-postcard fishing villages, lush meadows and secluded beaches. Keen ornithologists should pack their binoculars, as handsome sea birds such as guillemots, sandpipers and stone-turners are usually to be seen circling overhead. At nearby Tentsmuir, which is just 30 minutes by car from St Andrews, you'll find fragrant pine forests and an untamed beach where seals can often be found basking on the sand.

How to get there

Transport options to and around St. Andrews

Fly into Dundee (DND), the closest airport, located 12 mi (19.3 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Edinburgh (EDI), which is 34.9 mi (56.1 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is St. Andrews Leuchars Station.

Family friendly

Family fun near Saint Andrews holiday homes

Families with kids will be spoilt for choice for how to spend their time in Saint Andrews. Holiday homes are available near places like the St Andrews Aquarium, a sea life centre with marine life such as sharks, seals and penguins, and the East Sands Leisure Centre, a family facility and fitness complex with a pool, flumes, a gym, squash and other activities. Kids will also like the Craigtoun Country Park, a vast parkland with a boating lake, crazy golf, miniature railway and children’s play area.

How many holiday rentals are available around St. Andrews?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 487 holiday lettings around St. Andrews. From 142 cottages to 106 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to St. Andrews?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in St. Andrews. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • St. Andrews Leuchars Station: 561 holiday lettings
  • University of St. Andrews: 538 holiday lettings
  • St. Andrews Links: 547 holiday lettings
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links: 591 holiday lettings
  • Old Course at St Andrews: 541 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around St. Andrews listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in St. Andrews?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 142 Cottages in St. Andrews. Our other popular types of St. Andrews holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 106 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 142 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 203 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in St. Andrews?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 59 holiday homes with pool available in St. Andrews. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.