• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: July 13, 2017
  • Updated: July 19, 2017
Route type: Easy Walking
Difficulty grade: Grade 2

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 9.82 km
  • Duration 2 h 27 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
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St Andrews is well known as the home of golf but is also home to some great walks.

This meandering circular walking route takes both the coast and some of Scotland most historic locations.

The route begins in a coastal car park at the end of Woodburn Place. This little car park is a ideal starting point for many walks and sits on the Fife Coastal Path.

Leaving the car park head North following the path towards the small harbour and St Andrews Pier at OS Grid Reference NO 5165 1666. The pier is best known for the “Sunday Pier Walk” a tradition of the town’s university when students walk the length of the pier in their academic gowns. The pier is well worth walking along.

Leaving the harbour the route follows the dramatic and picturesque coastal path on towards the home of golf. This section of the walk follows the edge of the historic links and is well known for its sandy shoreline and out to Out Head. The views over the Eden Mouth Estuary which is a conservation area well known for it’s birdlife. The head is ideal for a picnic before walking back along the shoreline and into the town.

The route passes by The Old Course and for those with an interest in the history of golf the nearby British Golf Museum is a nice stop off. If golf isn’t your thing then St Andrews Aquarium is nice stop especially for youngsters. Both attractions charge for entrance but check online for discount vouchers before you set off on your walk.

Leaving the shore the route heads into the town. There are lots of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in the town centre along this section of the route.

The route carries back towards the shore and the ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. The ruins are a popular tourist stop, free to access and can be quite busy but it is worth exploring this magnificent ruin.

After you have finished exploring the ruins the route then returns you back to the shore and your starting point.

This is a easy Grade 2 walk and is best enjoyed in the better weather as some parts are very exposed to the elements but overall it is a very enjoyable walk around part of one of Scotland’s most historic towns.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Anne J.

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