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Although St Andrews is not one of Scotland’s major cities, it is still considered to be one of its major tourist destinations. Known as "the home of golf", it is renowned for being the birthplace of the modern game of golf, and is also esteemed for its important historical attractions. The town's many local points of interest include such picturesque sites as the 12th century ruins of both St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral, the University of St Andrews, the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. Last, but not least, there are the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the Old Course, two of golf’s most important historical sites.

Ways to Get to St Andrews

Being a small town, St Andrews is not home to an airport, but travellers flying into Scotland will find it easiest to access the town from Edinburgh Airport (EDI) or Dundee Airport (DND). The first is 90 minutes' drive from St Andrews, and the second is 30 minutes away by car. As St Andrews does not have a local rail station, people attempting to visit by train should use the nearest location, Leuchars. St Andrews is a 20 minute bus ride from Leuchars station, and those travelling by bus will arrive in the town centre, which is home to a number of restaurants, pubs, hotels, guesthouses, and shops.

Hiring a Car near St Andrews

There are no car hire companies located in the town of St Andrews, so those hoping to hire a car to explore the area will have to find their way to the Enterprise Car and Van Hire centre located in the town of Cupar, approximately nine miles away. Most of the major car rental firms can be found in the city of Dundee, which is around 14 miles from St Andrews, or 30 minutes by car and 60 minutes by bus.

Car Rental from Edinburgh and Dundee Airport

Visitors flying into Scotland and hoping to see St Andrews will be best served by hiring a car from the airport service centre, as driving provides the easiest access to St Andrews, as well as the majority of nearby attractions. Car rental can also save you both time and money over train, bus, and taxi services, and it will also allow you to move at your own pace and provide you with more travel flexibility.

Renting a car from Edinburgh Airport is made simple by the airport’s car hire service centre, which is located just a short walk from the terminal and features such well-known brands as Alamo Rent A Car, Europcar, National, Avis, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Sixt, and Thrifty.

Those hoping to hire a car from Dundee Airport can also do so by using the Sixt Car Hire Dundee Airport, or by contacting the Dundee branches of Budget, Avis, Pixo Mondial, Thrifty, and Enterprise. These companies can organise a car to be ready at the terminal upon arrival.

Take a Driving Tour Along the Firth of Forth

Just to the south of St Andrews lies the Firth of Forth, where the coastline is lined with quaint seaside towns that features a range of historical sites, beaches, golf courses, and other inspiring attractions, in towns such as Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, and Crail. This picturesque drive is one all visitors will enjoy, but they should remember to be watchful for oncoming traffic and pedestrians when driving along the narrow roads of the towns.

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