Five Reasons To Visit St Andrews
by Rebecca Winward (August 2012)
It's often said that if you're a keen golfer then there are 11 reasons to visit St Andrews - otherwise known as the Old, New, Eden, Castle, Jubilee, Strathtyrum, Balgove, Duke's, Kingsbarns, Torrance and Kittocks Courses. However, though this is a small town that thrives on golf tourism - along with its other 'industry', the famous University of St Andrews from which our future King and Queen both graduated - there are many other reasons to pay St Andrews a visit. It's a lively, charming place which is bursting with things to see and do, and boasts plenty of both high-end and budget restaurants and bars, thanks to a wonderful mixed clientele of impoverished students and affluent golf tourists. Here's a few of my favourite reasons to visit...
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Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Old Station Road, St Andrews
The Kohler Waters Spa is a world-class retreat offering a treatment menu that takes luxury to a new level. My personal favourite is the RiverBath with Massage - a cleansing body exfoliation, followed by hydro-massage, completed with a soak in a whirlpool bath with chromotherapy, and finished off with an indulgent 50-minute massage - though the pampering selection also includes hydrotherapy, facial, and massage treatments, plus manicures, pedicures and more.
Enjoying a unique coastal setting just outside the 'auld grey toon', the Fairmont St Andrews offers everything you could possibly want from a high-end resort, including a choice of sumptuously decorated rooms, suites and self-contained 'Manor Homes', six different places to eat with tempting menus (plus in-room dining), and a luxury spa - not forgetting two golf courses ranked 25 and 37 in the Golf Weekly ratings 2012.
Bruce Embankment, St Andrews
You didn't think I'd write about St Andrews without shoehorning in a golf-related attraction did you? Well, in my defence this one will amuse the whole family, rather than just the die-hard fans, and it is after all our national museum on the subject. Here there's the opportunity to find out about the lively history of this sport that's become an obsession for many, and there's plenty of hands-on activities for children too.
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