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People, Places, Practices

Joint BSHM - CSHPM/SCHPM Conference

University of St Andrews, Scotland

12-14 July 2021

Things to do in St Andrews

A good first stop on exploring the town would be the St Andrews Tourist Information Centre on Market Street. Near the fountain in the cobbled section of the street.


Walking and exploring the town

  • The East, Castle and West Sands beaches, via the harbour, cathedral and castle. Recreate the 'Chariots of Fire' beach run on the West Sands for yourself!
  • Much of the older town is University buildings - the St Leonard's, St Salvator's and St Mary's quads are very attractive. In the latter is a tree planted by Mary Queen of Scots.
  • You can explore St Andrews Cathedral grounds for free but for a view from St Rule's tower we recommend the joint cathedral and castle entry fee.
  • St Andrews Castle has some interesting features including a toilet over the sea, the "bottle dungeon" where John Knox was once incarcerated, and a unique 16th century siege mine and counter-mine into which you can crawl.
  • While walking around the town, visit the famous Janetta's Ice Cream shop on South Street - long queues are testament to the popularity and amazing collection of flavours.
  • There are many pubs and restaurants - ask a local.
  • Lade Braes and the Botanic Gardens. Off the beaten track for tourists but much loved by locals. See maps of St Andrews.
  • Walk out to see Gregory's Pillar, at Scooniehill south of St Andrews
  • Look up 'The Fife Coastal Path' - an ambitious walk... but you could take the bus back.


Written Guides

 Gregory's Pillar. © Copyright James Allan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


St Andrews Castle. User: (WT-shared) Nab82ba at wts wikivoyage [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Golf, Sport and Leisure

St Andrews Old Course and bridge over the Swilken Burn. By Alan Stewart, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Outside St Andrews


Links to further resources

Crail, Fife, Scotland by Kim Traynor, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license