Unsurprisingly, the home of golf – St Andrews – has 10 golf courses including the world-famous Old Course. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this gem of a town is a one trick golfing pony – but there’s more to St Andrews than driving and chipping your way around it. Having one of the world’s oldest universities, it’s a cosmopolitan mix of cultural diversity with some stunning architecture (don’t miss some of the University buildings and the Cathedral ruins).
You won’t be short of a decent ‘19th hole’ to refuel as the town is crammed with eclectic, independent eateries and watering holes like Forgan’s (coincidentally housed in a former golf club factory), the upmarket Kinnettles Restaurant in the hotel of the same name or recent addition to the gastro pub scene The Saint with its beer garden. Get into the Scottish spirit – the new Scottish spirit – at an Eden Mills Distillery tour and tasting.
Or, if that’s all too much, just book a place on the Foodie Walking Tour of St Andrews. Did you know we Scots produce 70% of the UK’s gin? On the outskirts try The Steak Barn at Balgove which does exactly what it says on the tin - serves steak in a Scottish barn.
Five star hotels abound like Fairmont St Andrews and The Old Course Hotel. Or stay on one of Scotland’s most expensive roads - The Scores - at luxurious boutique Hotel Du Vin. Alternatively, you can live the student life bunking down in University halls of residence out of term time.