Chat Plus: What to Do When Not Golfing in St. Andrews, Scotland

Sunday, June 14, 2009

During our online chat (most Mondays at 2 p.m.), you ask and we answer your travel questions -- mostly. Here's one we couldn't get to last week.

My wife and I are headed to the United Kingdom for a couple of weeks. We're staying in St. Andrews for a few days and are wondering if you had any hotel or B&B recommendations. Also, what can my wife do in the area while I'm off playing golf?

Aside from golf, there's not a whole lot to do in St. Andrews -- but what a gorgeous place to not do a whole lot in. In addition to strolling the medieval streets of one of the prettiest towns in Scotland, your wife can tour the resident 13th-century castle, the cathedral and an incongruous Cold War-era bunker. Thanks to the student population, there's also a thriving cafe and pub scene.

Lodging ranges from the $500-a-night Old Course Hotel ( to humble B&Bs. Lonely Planet has a good vetted list of midrange places at; enter "St Andrews" (no period) in the destination field. Its editors' picks include the Abbey Cottage and Lorimer House. For more, check the town's Hotels and Guest House Association site, at

-- K.C.

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