The sweeping television shots of St. Andrews during last week’s British Open reminded KYW’s Jay Lloyd that there’s more than golf on a St. Andrews getaway.
Scots are obsessed with golf. But behind those scenes of the Ancient and Royal clubhouse and the shops lining the 18th fairway of the Old Course, there’s a quaint and pristine village.
Because of the celebrities that swarm St. Andrews, it boasts an eclectic variety of pubs, restaurants, and unique boutiques, set against a background that includes the ruins of a 12th-century cathedral and a war-battered castle.
Set on St. Andrews Bay, within sight of the North Sea, the town offers a broad beach and stunning seascape views.
And there is a network of buses that can quickly take a visitor to other seaside resorts along the coast. A favorite is Anstruther (below), where you can catch an excursion boat to the Isle of May, a nature preserve and its large colony of puffins.
Then, enjoy some of the best seafood that Scotland has to offer.
Sure you can golf, but it’s just as relaxing to meander.
(Photos by KYW’s Jay Lloyd)