What to do on a romantic break to St Andrews

St Andrews is a romantic town at its heart with ancient monuments, long sandy beaches and a multitude of fabulous restaurants and bars. Here are some suggestions of what to do on your romantic getaway to St Andrews:

Walk the West Sands Beach

The West Sands beach was made famous by the film "Chariots of Fire" and indeed you may find the theme tune playing in your head as you stomp along the beach. Access to the beach is available on short boardwalks from the main tarmac path immediately behind the beach. Depending on the tide you may be able to walk along the beach on firm wet sand otherwise you may need to walk on path by the dunes. If you're bringing your furry friends on your trip to St Andrews, the hard sand when the tide is out is a dog-walker's paradise as the ball bounces for miles! 

Visit Jannettas for an ice cream

No romantic visit to St Andrews is complete without trying Jannetta’s incredible ice creams! You will be spoilt for choice in terms of flavours and cone variety. Their chocolate sorbet is particularly tasty and ideal for anyone who would rather avoid dairy.

Go Rowing at Craigtoun Country Park

Craigtoun Park is a 47 acre park only 2 miles from St Andrews. The park itself is open 24/7 and it's a great day out for the whole family. During the season try the Rio Grande Railway, Crazy Golf, Putting and Puffin' Billy - the road train that takes you round the whole park. There are also rowing boats and pedalos, bouncy castles and pedal cars for the little ones, weather permitting. The cafe is open Wednesday - Sunday in the off season and is open daily from 28th March to 25th October. It serves hot and cold food, teas and coffees and has a huge selection of ice creams.

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See a Show at the Byre Theatre

The Byre is a theatre and venue in St Andrews, part of the University of St Andrews. It hosts a varied and vibrant programme of University, amateur and professional touring productions of theatre, dance, musicals, music and opera, and children’s performances, as well as conferences, displays and activities in the cafe bar.

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Propose on the Swilcan Bridge :)

The famous Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course at the Home of Golf. The bridge was originally built over 700 years ago so shepherds could move their flock across the Swilcan Burn which meanders through what is now the 1st and 18th fairways. Today the Swilcan Bridge, with the 'Auld Grey Toun' providing the most beautiful of backdrops, is one of the most iconic settings in golf. So much more than a little stone crossing, the Swilcan Bridge is the history of the game, it's the magic moments, it's felt the footsteps of the true greats. You don't have to propose on the bridge of course, but where better for a memorable location! 

Visit Cambo Gardens and Kingsbarns Beach

Walled Garden and more near Kingsbarns in Fife. Reinstated Georgian Stables housing Visitor Centre, cafe, crafts and unique plants for sale. Learning hub for events and activities. Woodland walks to the award winning beach. Nature play area for little ones. Dog friendly everywhere.

The Cheesy Toastie Shack

Whilst you're on Kingsbarns beach and have worked up a bit of an appetite, be sure to visit The Cheesy Toastie Shack down at the beach. A recent review said "One of my favourite spots for a light meal in St. Andrews! Simple, no fuss but delicious gourmet cheese sandwiches - including a grilled mac and cheese - perfect on a blustery day with a cup of tomato soup. Divine!"

Our Favourite Places to Eat and Drink in St Andrews

St Andrews, for a small town, has a very wide range of restaurants from quirky niche restaurants to the nationwide chains, the Nando's, Zizzi's and Pizza Expresses of the world. Please see our list of suggested venues below:

The Cottage Kitchen

Forgan's 

Mitchell's

The Steak Barn

Blackhorn

The Seafood Ristorante

Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar

North Point Cafe

Ziggy's

Please see our extensive descriptions and more information by clicking here

Here at Short Stay St Andrews, we have a range of properties for romantic trips. We can help you make your trip unforgettable with champagne and chocolates on arrival, restaurant suggestions and of course the best place to stay. 

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