On Sunday we went to St. Andrews for brunch, a place I’ve never visited before despite living a short drive away. Friends and family told me that it will remind me a lot of Cambridge and in a sense it did, with the lack of a River going through the town and a big University campus.
For the past month or so, I loved receiving text messages from a bunch of you who are using my Scottish travel guides to plan your upcoming trips to the country, so I promise I will write a few more travel guides next week about Balllater and Braemar. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this one from St. Andrews in this little photo diary! I’m also going to work on blog posts about my upcoming trip to Edinburgh including a new hotel and two gorgeous restaurants that I will be reviewing, so stay tuned for those in the next few weeks!
Now, let me take you on a wee tour around St. Andrews, shall we?Here is my St. Andrews Travel Guide!
St ANDREWS TRAVEL GUIDE::
My favorite picture of St. Andrews streets is from this corner, just at the beginning of the historic trail. There are some beautiful family owned shops in this area, perfectly finished with the most unique facades – it’s such a warm welcome to the town! There is also a flea market where you can find anything and everything from vintage frames to videotapes!
We were hoping to go for brunch at Mitchell’s St Andrews after seeing a few reviews on TripAdvisor that they are dog friendly, but we got cold feet when they told us that they are not, just after entering their wonderful space. Determined not to let this ruin our day, we visited Rogue, a new restaurant bar which has ultra stylish interiors and very friendly staff – dog biscuits and water bowl included! I asked the waitress for the soup of the day, a thick cream of mushroom, and got a beer to go with it ?? Win-win situation!
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t particularly drawn to Rogue for its table by the big windows providing us the best views to the main Street. One of you messaged me on Instagram (you guys are the best!) a few of the top things we should do while in town, so after finishing our meal we headed to the beach for a first taste of summer at St. Andrews!
My favorite thing to do when by the sea is grab some driftwood and play ‘fetch n’ catch’ with Cruz. Seeing him swimming and trying to ‘save’ the stick from drowning just makes me so happy. He is a tough cookie this one, never gives up!
There were loads of people down the beach on the day. A few of them were brave enough to swim in the sea, extremely cold at first but pleasantly tolerable afterwards I figured after dipping my feet in the water. A boy played with Cruz before climbing up the rock and stayed there looking at the beautiful surroundings, I can’t think of a more beautiful view, it must have felt that he had this wee rock to himself.
While we were on the subject of summer, there is not a more crowded place in St. Andrews that the Old Golf Course! Jam packed with American and local golf players, and kids running to get the balls, I seriously felt like a toddler very tempted to roll over the freshly cut grass. You gotta live it up when in St. Andrews you know?
Next, we went for some cannoli at the local Italian Deli, Rocca! Here, you can get a real taste of Italy, they serve Kimbo coffee, warm prosciutto sandwiches in ciabatta bread and tasty gelato. You can also buy authentic Italian products, such as tortellini, sausages and olive oil. It’s a lovely hidden gem that I cannot reccommend enough for anyone visiting St. Andrews. We bought two pistachio and 3 vanilla cannoli that we enjoyed outside the University whilst making stories about how William and Kate must have felt meeting here.
So that is all from me now, I hope you enjoyed this St. Andrews travel guide and please let me know if you have any questions to ask about the place!
Have you ever been to St. Andrews? What were your first impressions?