St Andrews Hen Party Ideas
The historic town of St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland is an ancient university town, second oldest to Cambridge. If you have never been to St Andrews, then you are in for a pleasant surprise. St andrews is an upmarket student town packed with bars, clubs, bistros, amazing beach, historic ruins and crazy Scottish Traditions. It was in this heady mix that Prince William met Kate Middleton
St Andrews- Guide to Hens
Where is it and How go you get there?
St Andrews is situated on the beautiful East Coast of Scotland, south of Dundee and North of Edinburgh. It lies in what is called the "Kingdom of Fife" and its beauty is partly because it is a bit remote
The nearest rail Station is Leuchars about 10 miles away with a bus or taxi link to St Andrews It cannot be that hard to get to because 8,000 students make it there every year
By car, choose the tortuous coastal route from Edinburgh or Dundee. Both are scenic but don't expect to get anywhere quickly especially in the summer months or during harvest time when getting stuck behind a combine harvest is par for the course
What to see and do in St Andrews
St Andrews is an ancient University town with many of the old buildings home to various academic departments
Ancient Buildings dominant the town with a ruined Cathedral at the coastal side. St Andrews is the "home of golf" but any attempt to play on the prestigious "Old Course" should be made months in advance. For Golfers the "New Course" is just as testing but accessable to all -even those on modest means
The town centres around 3 parallel streets with a network of tiny ancient side streets offering a glimpse of how life might have been 200 years ago in St Andrews
Shopping in St Andrews is a mixture of traditional family owned businesses, modern niche boutique type shops and a few well known high street names.
Visit the Secret Bunker, Scotlands best kept secret, where if there had been a nuclear war, the government would have occupied this vast underground facilty hidden underneath a traditional Scottish Farmhouse. Perched on the north cliffs is St Andrews Aquarium housing a tresure trove of aqautic life including Black tip reef sharks, piranhas and lionfish.
Beach Sports play an important part in St Andrews with various companies offering things like Traction Kiting, land Yachting, Beach Kayaking and Zapcatting. Why not try Surfing or even Skydiving based at Fife Airport. See the surrounding countryside with the Horse or Pony riding out at Barbarafield Riding School.
It is a must that you at least visit the Golf Links and the famous "Old Course". For golfers try the "New Course" if you want to experience links golf at St Andrews or go Putting on the "Himalayas" putting green right beside the "Old Course"
Night time in St Andrews
If you are expecting St Andrews to be the party capital of Scotland- you are going to be dissapointed. Having said that with nearly 7,000 students in town there are great bars, bistros but no proper large nightclubs.The Lizard is about the size of your Granny's front room and then there is the Bop if you have had enough to drink and are part of a group. Alternatively get a taxi to Dundee for a proper nightclub experience.