I can cross the North Sea off my list. That’s my list of large bodies of water to dip my toes in. In this case I put the whole of my two feet in during a Scottish BBQ. It was a cold and rainy season in St. Andrews. But I was determined to feel the water. Actually, it was surprisingly only at hypothermia temperatures so not really that bad if you only stayed in for 10 seconds. And it led to me finding out that havianas can be very warm once molded to your feet. At least warmer than the surrounding sand.
To be clear, this was THE beach – the one that the famous Chariots of Fire race was filmed on and re-enacted for the 2012 Olympics!!
St. Andrews itself is a lovely little town and there’s really no other way to describe it. It’s more charming than nice and it’s too big and busy to be quiant. There’s enough to do in and around the town (if you take the bus, a cab or have a car) that can keep you and the family busy without rushing and there’s no such thing as hustle and bustle except the queue to take your photo on the stone bridge on the old course. (sorry, I’m not a golfer so i didn’t take a photo.) the high street is well developed enough that you could actually spend a day shopping, yet you could walk from one end of town to the other in about 15 minutes- 20 minutes if you amble.
Most certainly the influx of university students and researchers combined with the golfers has driven the international diversity of offerings. I found both Jamaican blue mountain and Hawaiian kona coffee in a shop!
Now, unfortunately, the fly in the ointment is that with the golfers, the hotel prices are sky high for fairly mundane, uk village hotels. You would be better off with the b&bs or even the uni residence halls for the prices.
Highly recommended for a visit on any occasion, but be prepared to stop and smell the roses.