Visit St Andrews
St Andrews is a fantastic place to visit, is steeped in history & has an abundance of local attractions to suit all interests. Dukeside Lodge will be glad to assist you in any way possible with our local knowledge ranging from golf, to the local tourist attractions & information.
If sport is your thing, you are not limited to golf: kayaking, cycling, horse riding, and surfing are just a few of the exciting activities on offer. Got kids? There are a whole host of activity suitable for young adventurers, including an aquarium, deer centre, parks and gardens, and a fascinating castle.
Some of St Andrews top attractions that we suggest are –
St Andrews Castle
With a history spanning 450 years, St Andrews Castle has been a bishop’s palace, a fortress and a state prison. The main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews in medieval Scotland, you can learn all about the castle’s rich past when you explore today. Discover the 16th century underground mine and the ‘bottle dungeon’, a prison cut out of solid rock.
St Andrews Cathedral
A ‘must-see’ for any visitor, explore the remains of St Andrews Cathedral, which was once the largest church in Scotland. The cathedral’s museum houses an outstanding collection of medieval sculptures and relics which were found on the site. Make sure to climb St Rule’s Tower, which dates from the 12th century, to see amazing views across St Andrews and Fife.
St Andrews Aquarium
Be transported into an underwater world of adventure and comes face to face with fascinating creatures at St Andrews Aquarium. See animals including British sharks, piranhas, seals and even meerkats! You can also get up close and personal with animals at various interactive demonstrations held every day.
The St Andrews Spy Mission Treasure Trail
The St Andrews Spy Mission Treasure Trail is the perfect way to explore the town with kids. Follow the self-guided trail to solve sneaky clues and crack the code. While looking for answers you will learn all about the town including its historical buildings, signs and statues.
St Andrews Ghost Tours
A unique way to learn about the town’s extraordinary history, St Andrews Ghost Tours will also introduce you to many haunted locations and residents from years gone by. The tours take in locations including the Cathedral and St Andrews University and are based on extensive research. And you will find no theatrics on these tours – the only ‘jumper ooters’ are the real ghosts!
Golf in St Andrews
As the Home of Golf and where the game was invented, playing golf in St Andrews is one of the best golfing experiences you can have, and you should not visit the town without taking in a round. Choose from over 10 unique courses to hone your skills on, including some of the finest links courses in the world.
However, there is many more amazing attractions to explore.
We promote many local businesses within the lodge and keep a good stock of local information to hand for all our guests including maps!
Many people associate the beautiful coastal town of St Andrews with golf and royalty! Whilst both of these connotations are well founded, there is much more to St Andrews: you can stroll along gorgeous, sandy beaches; you can visit historical monuments; you can indulge in the rich cafe culture; and you can splurge in the unique boutique shops.