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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 Saint Andrews?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 595 holiday lettings around Saint Andrews. From 239 cottages to 96 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.

Can I rent a seaside property in Saint Andrews?

If you're wild about ocean horizons and the sound of rippling waves, you're in luck! HomeAway has 148 places to stay beside the beach. Open to more ideas? HomeAway has tons more property options to discover, including:

  • 121 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 100 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 90 beach holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Saint Andrews?

If you want an authentic holiday experience and love having lots of room to move, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 233 options currently on HomeAway. Prices start from £55 a night. If that doesn't suit your family's taste, we've got a number of other self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • Apartment: 179 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £50 per night.
  • Cottage: 153 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £61 per night.
  • Hotel: 27 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £44 per night.

Can I stay in Saint Andrews in a large group?

Getting together with your friends and loved ones can be stacks of fun, especially when you're under the same roof in a fantastic new place! If you'll be visiting with a big group, HomeAway can help. The top option for large groups here are apartment holiday rentals, and there are 53 currently listed. The lodging options that can cater to large numbers around here include:

  • Are you looking for properties that can hold 6 holiday makers? We have 318 that will be ideal. Prices start from £70 per night.
  • If you have 8 in your squad, you'll be happy to discover that there are 158 rental properties that are ideal. You can get one for as little as £100 a night.
  • Travelling with a group of 5? We offer 106 rental accommodation that will meet your needs. Prices start from £61 a night.

So never fear! When you book with us you can bring your aunt, your cousin and all your buddies to Saint Andrews.