St Andrews, Scotland

Discover the medieval intrigue of St Andrews, a quaint hamlet known to be the birthplace of golf, nestled on Scotland’s eastern coast about two hours north of Edinburgh. Stay close to the university town and famed golf course when you visit with Inspirato. Fife and Lennox are spacious residences nestled on the grounds of the grand 16th-century Pittormie Castle that’s steeped in medieval history, offering a variety of luxury activities, private walled gardens, and fine dining.

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Seaside Medieval Charm

A charming seaside town on Scotland’s east coast, St Andrews is best known as the birthplace of golf. The game was first played at the Old Course at St Andrews, featuring 18 legendary holes that have hosted the biggest names in the sport. It’s also a vibrant college town, home to St Andrews University, the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world (and the famous alma mater of Prince William and Kate Middleton). Be sure to visit West Sands Beach to watch a spectacular sunrise over the chilly North Sea, just north of campus. St Andrews is also rich in medieval history and speckled with the ruins of 15th-century castles and cathedrals. Leave some time for side trips through the countryside, where you can immerse yourself in the broody scenery—like misty glens and wind-swept cliffs—for which Scotland is so well-known.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested airport
    Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
  • Currency
    Pound sterling
  • Languages
    Scottish Gaelic and English
  • Time zone
    5 hours ahead of NYC
  • Average temperature
    66°F Summer/43°F Winter
  • Closest big city
    Edinburgh

Destination Highlights


  • The Old Course at St Andrews

    Tee off on the oldest golf course in the world: the storied seaside Old Course at St Andrews. Home of the Swilcan Bridge—an old stone bridge which spans the first and 18th holes—the course overlooks undulating coastal bluffs.

  • St Andrews University

    This historic university was founded in the 1400s; it’s believed to be the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world (after Oxford and Cambridge). The hallowed grounds of the campus are open to the public to tour.

  • St Andrews Castle

    Step back in time to explore 450 years of history (plus tunnels and dungeons) at the ruins of this grand stone castle, which served as a bishop’s palace, a fortress, and even a prison over the centuries.

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Weather


  • Forecasting your St. Andrews Vacation

    The town of St Andrews, Scotland enjoys a mild, brisk temperature year-round, with highs peaking in the mid-60s in the summer months and lows dipping to the 30s in the winter months. Precipitation remains fairly constant throughout the year, with an average of about 1.5–3” of rain per month—though it’s slightly rainier in the winter months.

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Map of St Andrews

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