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See yourself here: St. Andrews


There’s more to it than golf



22 November, 2023

St. Andrews, a picturesque coastal town in the heart of Scotland, is most famous for its golf courses and as the birthplace of the sport. However, St. Andrews is much more than that. Its history, charm, stunning landscapes, and rich heritage and of course local whisky distilleries, offer an authentic immersion into the Scottish culture, making it an ideal location for meetings and events of all kinds, and is the perfect setting for your next gathering.

Why St. Andrews for meetings and events?

Historic ambiance: Steeped in history, St. Andrews offers venues that are centuries old, providing a unique and authentic atmosphere for your gathering. The town's medieval streets, historic university – where Prince William studied and met his now wife, Catherine, Princess of Wales - and ancient ruins all contribute to its timeless charm.

Accessibility: St. Andrews is conveniently located, making it easily accessible from Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dundee, all having local airports. The town is well-connected by road and rail, making it a convenient choice for attendees exploring Scotland.

Scenic beauty: St. Andrews boasts breathtaking coastal views, Scottish nature at its best with pristine beaches, and lush green landscapes. Its natural beauty creates a serene and inspiring backdrop for any event, from corporate conferences to incentive events.

Famous Scottish hospitability: Getting together, sharing good times, ‘having a blether’ and welcoming others with open arms give Scotland its reputation for being a happy and friendly country. Our famous celebrations are adorned with bagpipes, kilts and whiskey.

Recommended venues

  • Old Course Hotel: Located adjacent to the world-famous Old Course golf course, the Old Course Hotel offers luxurious meeting and event facilities with stunning views of the North Sea. Their state-of-the-art conference rooms and impeccable service make it an excellent choice for corporate events.
  • Fairmont hotel: This resort is also one of the largest and most luxurious conference venues in Scotland. It boasts a fabulous location with stunning views over their two world-class golf courses.
  • Rusacks St. Andrews: occupying an iconic 1800 building, the hotel is steeped in golfing history. The venue is a monument to golf and its founders as well as the perfect base for explorers of St Andrews. The hotel meeting offering ranges from small spaces for intimate gatherings to larger spaces for exclusive-use events. 
  • St. Salvator’s Hall: Part of the University of St. Andrews, St. Salvator's Hall offers a historic and academic atmosphere for meetings, conferences, and special events. Its stunning dining hall is perfect for gala dinners and receptions.

Must-visit sites

St. Andrews Cathedral: This iconic medieval cathedral, in ruins since the 16th century, is a historic treasure. It offers a dramatic setting for events and is a must-visit attraction for its awe-inspiring architecture and history. 

St. Andrews Castle: Explore the ruins of this coastal castle, once home to Scottish bishops and later a royal residence. The castle’s location on a cliff overlooking the sea adds a touch of drama to your visit.

The Swilcan Bridge: What would a visit to the ‘Home of Golf’ be without the opportunity to stand on the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course. It’s a cherished tradition and a fantastic photo opportunity.

Discover the Scottish landscape?

In addition to its own charm and attractions, St. Andrews is the perfect gateway to discover the internationally famous Scottish landscape which offers a wide range of activities to your attendees. Here are some recommendations:

  • Golf galore: Golf lovers are spoiled for choice in St. Andrews with a total of 10 courses, all open to the public and only the world’s oldest golf course, the Old Course, requiring a handicap.
  • St. Andrews Botanic Garden: This beautiful garden is an ideal location for outdoor team-building activities or workshops. It features a wide variety of plants, including collections from around the world, providing a tranquil and inspiring atmosphere.
  • Fife Coastal Path: For those looking to add a touch of adventure to their event, consider organizing a coastal hike or team-building exercise along the Fife Coastal Path. This scenic path offers breathtaking views of the coastline and can be customized to suit your group's needs.
  • Whisky tasting tours: Scotland is renowned for its whisky, and several distilleries are within a short drive of St. Andrews. Arrange a whisky tasting tour as a unique and enjoyable experience for your attendees. They can savor the flavors of Scottish whisky and learn about the distillation process.
  • Falkland Palace: Located about 30 minutes from St. Andrews, Falkland Palace is a historic royal palace with stunning gardens, home of Mary Queen of Scots. It's a great venue for historical-themed events, garden parties, or guided tours.
  • Kellie Castle: This picturesque castle, situated near the coastal village of Pittenweem, is an excellent spot for intimate events, art exhibitions, or cultural gatherings. It offers a glimpse into Scotland's history and artistry.
  • Sea kayaking: Add a sense of adventure to your event by organizing sea kayaking sessions along the beautiful Fife coast. It's a fantastic way to build team cohesion and enjoy the stunning natural surroundings.
  • Kingsbarns Distillery: Just a short drive from St. Andrews, the Kingsbarns Distillery offers tours and tastings, making it an ideal stop for whisky enthusiasts. Consider organizing a private tasting event or a cocktail-making workshop.
  • Crail: A picturesque fishing village, Crail offers a charming backdrop for creative events. You can organize beachside picnics, art workshops, or even fishing competitions for a unique experience.
  • Tentsmuir Forest and Beach: Located a short distance from St. Andrews, Tentsmuir Forest offers a tranquil setting for outdoor events, such as mindfulness workshops, yoga retreats, or nature hikes.
  • Secret Bunker: Explore the fascinating Secret Bunker, a hidden underground facility that was once used as a government command center during the Cold War. It's a unique venue for historical or espionage-themed events.

By incorporating these nearby attractions into your event, you can create a truly memorable and inventive experience for your attendees. St. Andrews and its surroundings offer a wide range of possibilities to make your event truly unique.

It’s a hidden gem of a town that offers an ideal blend of natural beauty, historic charm, and modern amenities. Whether you're planning a corporate meeting, conference, or any special event, St. Andrews has venues and sites that will make your gathering truly memorable. Don't miss the chance to explore this enchanting town and experience its unique blend of history and beauty.

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