Things to do in Scotland: Tourist Attractions at Fairmont St Andrews

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British Golf Museum

St Andrews is synonymous with golf and for many, making the pilgrimage to St Andrews fulfils a lifelong dream. The British Golf Museum is a living shrine and follows the game from its days of inception to modern day.

Byre Theatre

The Byre, in operation since 1933, opened its current state-of-the-art facility in 2001. It offers a diverse program of classic and contemporary drama, dance, concerts, opera, comedy and film. Visit their website for a comprehensive list of current and future productions.

Craigtoun Country Park

Originally part of the Mount Melville House estate, Craigtoun became a country park in 1947. It features an adventure playground, miniature railway, trampolines and bouncy castle for children, while adults will enjoy the formal gardens, conservatories and Bowling Green. Open April to September.

Fife Coastal Path

The Fife Coastal Path, which was completed in 2002, runs from Culross through St Andrews and on to the Tay Bridge. The path, which has 7 different sections, offers exceptional views of Scotland's majestic coast. Each section features numerous points of interest along the way.

Preservation Trust Museum

Founded in 1937, the Trust's mandate is to preserve the buildings, character and history of St Andrews for future generations. The Trust Museum, provides detailed information on the history of St Andrews and is open daily from 2pm to 5pm.

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Utilised extensively during World War II, this military installation was a well-kept secret for more than 40 years. Open seasonally between late March and the end of October.

St Andrews Aquarium

The aquarium offers 30 exhibition tanks that house hundreds of species from sharks to seahorses, lobsters to lionfish, poison dart frogs to piranhas and the perennial favourite seals. Open year round.

St Andrews Botanic Garden

Described as a hidden gem of Scotland, the Botanic Garden features numerous exotic plants and flowers across 7 hectares. The facility dates back to 1889 and is open to the public between April and October, is a favoured locale for wedding photos.

St Andrews Castle

The castle, which dates back to 1200, served as the Bishops' Palace for centuries and was the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland.  Destroyed during the Reformation, the castle is now in ruins; however, a modern Visitor Centre provides detailed insight into its storied past.

St Andrews Cathedral and St Rule's Tower

Although it is now in ruins, St Andrews Cathedral, which dates back to 1160 is still very impressive. The view from the top of St Rule's Tower is breathtaking, and the visitor centre contains a number of artefacts that help set the history of the site into context.

St Andrews Museum

Opened in 1855 as a private residence, the spectacular Kinburn Castle was converted to a museum in 1991. The museum chronicles St Andrews life from Medieval Times to present day. It features an extensive collection of archaeological items, archives, social history, coins and medals, music and other interesting artefacts.

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