A seaside town in the UK was named Britain’s best travel destination in June.
Stayaways are becoming increasingly popular with vacationers, especially those looking to keep the cost of this year’s vacation down.
One place in the UK that has received much praise recently is St Andrews in Scotland, which was voted the best place to holiday next month.
Consumer Champions Which? included it in their top travel destinations list for June – the only place in the UK to make it.
And it’s easy to see why it’s included, as its beach, heritage, attractions and food and drink are among the reasons people should consider the Scottish city as a day-trip destination.
Which? said: “This two-mile stretch of sandy beach earned five stars in our poll of the UK’s best seaside towns, as did its tourist attractions and food and drink – making it Scotland’s top seaside town.”
“The cobbled streets are home to 15th-century university buildings – Scotland’s oldest university – and you’ll find artisan food, ice cream parlors and bistros.
“The V&A Dundee design museum sits just above the River Tay and there are pretty fishing villages along the Fife coast.”
West Sands Beach is also a great spot for movie buffs as the opening scene of Chariots of Fire was filmed here.
Visit Scotland say that the beach has “nearly 2 miles of uninterrupted sand” and that it is “very popular for walking and running as well as swimming.”
It’s not just people swimming in the sea off the coast of St. Andrews either, bottlenose dolphins are sometimes spotted in the waters nearby.
Tiktok user Erin Robertson (@erinrobertoson290) spotted some swimming right off the beach as recently as March of this year.
she shared a video of the porpoises and said: “What an absolute pleasure, I arrived at St Andrews, decided to take a walk on the beach and the high tide attracted some visitors.”
However, one of the main reasons people visit the city is to play a round at the legendary and world-famous old golf course.
The course has hosted 30 Open championships, more than any other in the world, with the Open being held there every five years.
One of its most famous landmarks, the Swilcan Bridge was originally built 700 years ago to help herders transport their cattle across the Swilcan Burn, a waterway that flows from the bay across the course.
Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo are among the many famous names to have won an Open at St Andrews.
The golf course is not the city’s only landmark, with the old cathedral ruins jutting out over the sea.
Built in the 11th century, the cathedral was once the center of the medieval Catholic Church in Scotland. However, in the 15th century it was looted and destroyed, causing it to fall into disrepair.
However, parts of the cathedral have survived, including the St Rules Tower and parts of the nave, leaving an impressive group of ruins for tourists to wander around.
The Cathedral has an overall rating of 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor from more than 1,900 reviews.
One person wrote: “One of the most beautiful ruins I have ever seen. Oh to have seen the Cathedral in all its former glory!’
Another said: “The area is absolutely beautiful. One can walk through the remains of the cathedral and see the old tombstones. It is wonderful! Picturesque area, good food, very friendly people.”
St Andrews is also the site of an important part of royal history: Prince William met Kate Middleton, now Princess of Wales, at the town’s university.
The couple were students when they first met before their wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
Since then they have returned to the city several times, including two years ago where they competed together on the beach in a land yacht race.
Elsewhere, people like to take a trip to nearby Kingsbarns Distillery to sample traditional Scotch whisky.
At the end of their visit, guests can tour the distillery and taste some of their products.
One wrote on TripAdvisor: “Very welcoming from start to finish. Great tour by Dot and Leane. Lots of local information and history in a beautiful location with delicious tastings at the end.”
The city’s university makes a visit a bit cheaper than it would otherwise be. Rooms in university accommodation are available from £39 per person per night, including breakfast.
However, the golf resorts in the city are not that much more expensive, with rooms available from £44.50 per person per night.
Campsites nearby are available from £16 for a four person tent, which works out to £4 per person per night.
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