Destination guide

Golf and culture in St. Andrews

Known as the Home of Golf, St. Andrews is the largest golf complex in Europe, boasting numerous beautiful golf courses along its breathtaking coastline. It is also home to the University of St. Andrews, which was founded in 1413, and is a thriving center for arts and culture, with an array of festivals, galleries and concerts held throughout the year. St. Andrews vacation rentals are close to golf courses, rugged coastline and other sites of deep historical significance. Whether you like hiking to a ruined castle, or sipping local brews, St. Andrews is a beautiful place to explore.

Things to do

Cold War secrets and whisky in St. Andrews

You can walk in the footsteps of beloved golfers on a tour of the Old Course, the world's most famous golf course, then pop into the award-winning British Golf Museum, to learn more about the sport that has been played here since the 12th century. St. Andrews vacation rentals are close to a Cold War-era bunker, where you can tour secret accommodation underground. Kellie Castle is a beautifully preserved 14th-century castle, full of fine furniture, rich paintings and exquisite gardens. After touring you can nip over to local distilleries to taste Scottish whiskies, gins and beers.


Medieval castles and live theater in St. Andrews

St. Andrews is a seaside town steeped in historical significance. With a rich, 1000-year history to draw on, there are moving monuments to visit, ruins to ramble through and museums which unveil the stories of the people and events that shaped this place. St. Andrews vacation rentals provide an excellent home base from which to wander through beautifully-maintained botanical gardens, spot colorful marine life in the aquarium, or attend a live theater performance. There are Cold War secrets to uncover and a wonderful medieval castle, where you can picture the lives lived within its stone walls and echoing halls.


Sunny summers in St. Andrews

A lovely seaside town on the east coast of Scotland, St. Andrews enjoys some of the finest weather conditions in the country. The town basks in the glory of having more sunshine than London and less rain than Paris, making it a beautiful destination much of the year. However, the weather is fickle, so visitors are encouraged to wear layers that can be removed or replaced throughout the day. Summer and fall have spectacular weather, with long sunny days, cool sea breezes and highs in the mid-60s, and winter, while cold, makes up for it with little snow or frost.

Natural features

Coastal beauty and wandering deer in St. Andrews

Looking out to the vast stretches of the North Sea, St. Andrews is a coastal village just over an hour northeast of Edinburgh and 30 minutes southeast of Dundee. Aberdeen is nearly 2 hours north, and London is 8 hours south. St. Andrews is a low-lying town, with spectacular coastal views and open stretches of green, where world-class golf is played. Hikers along the coast will spot seabirds, seals, porpoises and dolphins, while trekkers inland may see peregrines and osprey soaring above the treetops, and deer meandering quietly through the forest or stopping for a drink at a clear lake.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around St. Andrews

Fly into Dundee (DND), the closest airport, located 12 mi (19.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Edinburgh (EDI), which is 34.9 mi (56.1 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is St. Andrews Leuchars Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around St Andrews?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 589 vacation rentals near St Andrews. From 230 Houses to 171 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near St Andrews for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to St Andrews?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in St Andrews. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Old Course at St Andrews: 660 vacation rentals
  • Scotland's Secret Bunker: 705 vacation rentals
  • St. Andrews Links: 666 vacation rentals
  • St. Andrew's Castle: 660 vacation rentals
  • University of St. Andrews: 658 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around St Andrews listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in St Andrews?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 230 Houses in St Andrews. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in St Andrews include:

  • Cottages: 171 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 164 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 171 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in St Andrews?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 55 vacation rentals with pool available in St Andrews. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.