Apart from statistically being Scotland’s sunniest city St Andrews is also home to it’s oldest university and first golf course.
This makes holiday-makers, students and golfers part of the landscape here and ensure a pleasant buzz about town – as well as ensuring there’s a good selection of cafes, bistros and restaurants in the town.
But even without this, the town, with its cobbled alleys, crooked houses and medieval churches is very likeable.
The presence of a couple of impressive historic sights help too, particularly the ruined 12th-century cathedral from the era from when the city was an ecclesiastical capital. A wealth of sculpture still survives here, even though many stones where pillaged to build the town.
The remnants of castle survive too, and with its unrivalled network of siege tunnels and “bottle dungeon”, is also fun to explore.
Both cathedral and castle are operated by Historic Scotland and are open Apr-sept 9.30am–5pm daily; Oct Mar 9.30am–4.30pm daily (Adult combined ticket £8)
Then there is, the town’s fine mile-long sandy beach to explore that stretches out of town beside the Old Course, the world’s first official golf course. The earliest recorded game dates back to 1457 and the St Andrew’s Royal and Ancient Golf Club cointinues to govern the game.
The British Golf Museum (Bruce Embankment; KY16 9AB, +44 1334 460046) recounts the history of the game and many of its finest moments.