St.Andrews & The Heartlands

OVERVIEW

The Heartlands of Scotland is referred to as the region that comprises the Kingdom of Fife, Perthshire, Angus and Dundee. The Fife area sits like a shoe to the rest of the heartlands and features distinctive rock formations and a brilliant coastline with unending beaches, which King James VI once referred to as a “fringe of gold”. St. Andrews, considered the home of golf is part of Fife.

He may as well have said a “fringe of golf”, given the abundance of the most historic and iconic golf courses that the world has known. St. Andrews boasts of nine outstanding golf courses including the Old Course where the Open Championship is played every 5 years. Being the home of golf, doesn’t mean that the golf ends there – there are some fantastic links on all sides – Carnoustie is yet another venue for the Open, Kingsbarns is one of the most stunning modern day links, Crail is the seventh oldest golf club in the world. Going inland away from links land, there is plenty to savour as well – The Gleneagles (Venue of the Ryder Cup 2014) is a reminder in Scotland that there are great golf courses, which are not links.

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THINGS TO DO

When you think of St. Andrews & the Heartlands, the one thing that tends to overshadow everything else is golf. There are also some good whisky distilleries and experiences which you can combine with the fantastic golf in the region.

USEFUL INFO

GETTING THERE: Glasgow, Edinburgh & Aberdeen are the main International airports and there are a lot of domestic flights as well as International flights which fly into these airports. The distances within Scotland are generally short and you can get to nearby destinations within a couple of hours drive.

The road and rail network is well connected and you can easily take a train to the many tourist attractions within Scotland or rent a car to drive along the wild Scottish landscape. 

CURRENCY: British Pound (GBP) | Avg Currency Value: 1 USD = 0.75 GBP (Currency Converter)

VISA: Nationals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and nationals of the European Economic Area do not need a Visa to enter the United Kingdom. Check the official British Government website for more information.