Spend a Day in St Andrews
West Sands Beach
One of two award-winning beaches in St Andrews, West Sands holds a coveted Blue Flag. Just five minutes walk from the hotel, the beach is a vast expanse of clean sand, perfect for beautiful walks. West Sands is host to children’s sand-castle building competitions during the summer months and is used year round for sports such as kiting, parakarting and land yachting.
St Andrews Botanic Gardens
Described as a hidden gem of Scotland, these gardens contain about 8,000 species of ferns, herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees. Some are native to Scotland, but most grow wild in other regions of the world. Experience variety as you explore a water garden, heath garden, peat garden, rock garden and glasshouses.
For more information, please visit the St Andrews Botanic Gardens Site.
Fife Coastal Path
Running approximately 135km/81 miles of Fife’s coastline, the Coastal Path spans from the unique and imposing Forth Bridge all the way north to the Tay Bridge at the gateway to Dundee. Passing through historical and natural landscapes along the way, the Coastal Path caters to a range of walking abilities.
Walking Tours of St Andrews
Take in the historic aspects of the town by touring the University, the Castle and the Cathedral ruins. Audio-guided historical tours are also available to hire from the Tourist Information Centre on Market Street.
As the name suggests, this 18-hole putting green is not made up of flat terrain. Great fun for adults and children alike, the Himalayas is only a short walk from the hotel.
St Andrews Aquarium
Step through the doors of St Andrews Aquarium and be transported into an underwater world of adventure and discovery. With black reef sharks, spiders, lobsters, an array of tropical fish, piranhas, loveable seals, meerkats, a waddle of 4 Humboldt penguins and much more there is something for everyone! For more information please visit www.standrewsaquarium.co.uk/.
The Scottish Deer Centre
Watch nine different species of deer in the company of experienced rangers at the Scottish Deer Centre, just outside Cupar. Explore the tree top walkway, join feeding time in Wolf Wood, and enjoy birds of prey demonstrations in the outdoor theatre. There are also outdoor and indoor play areas, retail shops and a courtyard coffee shop.
The award-winning West Sands Beach is now a popular haunt with kiting enthusiasts and those just beginning. The beach is only a five-minute walk from the hotel, and children’s kites can be purchased locally.
Craigtoun Country Park
Craigtoun has a great deal to offer visitors of all ages. Younger visitors will enjoy the adventure playground, miniature railway, trampolines and bouncy castle, while older visitors will appreciate the formal gardens, glasshouses and bowling green. The park also has a Countryside Centre run by the Ranger Service, where visitors can learn more about the wildlife and fauna of the park and surrounding area.
A family business, Muddy Boots thrills kids with gyro cars, tractor track, sandpit, playhouse, tyre swings, super downhill grass sledging, twin seat trikes and a quad train, a giant jumping pillow and a huge covered play area.
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