St Andrews FREE Walking Tours
St Andrews FREE Walking Tours | Discover the best of St Andrews on these free walking tours.
Our free walking tours are sightseeing tours that present a great way to orientate yourself to St Andrews. On this tour you will find an incredible wealth of history as your local professional guide takes you to all the major hotspots.
2pm daily: July to September
(Subject to availability)
Tours last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Pre-booking only – no walk ups. Booking cut off is 12 noon on the day of the tour.
Your free walking tour itinerary
2pm start | Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
- Old Course 18th green/1st tee
- St Andrews University – St Salvator’s College
- Bishop’s Palace (St andrews Castle)
- Cathedral and grounds
- Priory precincts
- St Leonards School
- Queen Mary’s House
- St John’s House (former headquarters of the Knights Templar in Scotland)
- St Mary’s College
- Historic Holy Trinity Church
- Central Bar in Market Street (Tour finish point)
St Andrews Free Walking Tour Heading East
Your free sightseeing walking tour starts with the 18th green and 1st tee of the Old Course. This is followed by a leafy walk to St Andrews University – St Salvator’s College and the Bishop’s Palace.
It’s then onto the Cathedral grounds, and in the neighbouring priory precincts, where you will visit the lesser known school of St Leonards. Plus Mary Queen of Scots former residence – Queen Mary’s House. We then head along medieval South Street – St Andrews main street.
St Andrews Free Walking Tour Heading West
On South Street you will also see the former headquarters of the Knights Templar in Scotland, the beautiful precincts of St Mary’s College and historic Holy Trinity Church, marking the centre of St Andrews town.
The tour finishes nearby in the heart of the town beside the Central Bar in Market Street where your guide can make recommendations:
From quirky shops and restaurants to award-winning fish and chip shops, cafes and great Scottish bars. All in the vicinity of your tour finishing point.
“This was a great overview of St Andrews”
So how does a free walking tour work?
Free walking tours are very popular across the world
If you don’t know how the free tour model works, at the end of your tour you will have the opportunity to give your guide a voluntary amount based on what you think your tour was worth.
It is why the standard of free tours is always very high and why they are so popular.
How much should I tip?
The average amount per person is between £10 and £20, but remember it is a voluntary gratuity, so it is all about how much you feel your tour was worth and importantly how much you can afford, which brings in the budget appeal.
If you are on a tight budget you can pay less or indeed, being voluntary there is never any mandatory obligation to pay anything, so these tours suit all budgets.
A voluntary payment to your guide can be made by cash or card at the end of your tour and is always gratefully received.
Book your tour
Meeting point outside
Hotel du Vin, The Scores, KY16 9AS
Each tour approx 1hr 30 mins
Distance approx 1.8 miles (2.9km)
Tours are not suitable for under 2s, wheelchairs, scooters, or those walking slowly, and participants must have a good command of English.
Only guide dogs allowed.
If you would like to find out more about St Andrews after your tour, you can book yourself onto one of our specialist tours
Gain a more indepth understandng of St Andrews with specialist Old Course golf tours, indepth history tours and ghost tours that cover a wealth of local testimony.
We have something for everyone to enjoy in St Andrews.