Fabulous Self Catering Accommodation in St Andrews
1. Beautiful Self Catering Accommodation in St Andrews
Elderburn Luxury Lodges is only a stone’s throw away from the historic town of St Andrews. Which means finding the perfect self catering accommodation in St Andrews has never been easier. We have a number of beautifully furnished self catering lodges with free Wi-Fi, ample parking, great features and complementary extras. Designed to accommodate your every need, you can enjoy all the comforts of home away from home.
2. Golf, Golf and More Golf
It’s no secret that St Andrews is the home of golf. Known across the globe for our beautiful clubs and world-class courses, golfers the world over travel to our wee corner of the earth to tee off in true golfing style. From the legendary Old Course to the British Golf Museum, we’re all things golf here in St Andrews. And with a number of world-class golf courses on our doorstep, planning the perfect Golf Break in St Andrews is just par for the course with our luxury self-catering lodges.
3. Whisky – The Spirit of St Andrews
From one great Scottish tradition to another, why not take a tour of one of our must-visit whisky distilleries in St Andrews? With a proven track record in brewing excellence, Eden Mill Brewery and Distillery has earned a reputation as the “Spirit of St Andrews”. While Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre is the perfect day out for single malt enthusiasts.
4. Outdoor Adventures
If you don’t have a taste for golfing or whisky, St Andrews is also a favourite destination for adrenaline-rushing outdoor adventures. With fishing, cycling, off-road driving, kayaking and more, there’s no end to the outdoor fun to be had. And one of the greatest local outdoor attractions close to our self catering accommodation in St Andrews, has to be the Fife Coastal Path. A 117-mile trail through Fife history, putting your best foot forward on the Fife Coastal Path is not for the faint of heart.
5. Family Fun For Everyone
If a fun, memory-filled holiday is more your cup of tea, St Andrews has a range of great attractions and activities for big kids and small kids alike. From wildlife experiences and deep sea adventures, to treasure trails and Wee Kingdom explorations, discovering the fun of Fife with the whole family just got a whole lot better. So if you’re looking for self catering accommodation in St Andrews for a summer family getaway, you’ve come to the right place.
Shopping in St Andrews this January
Get yourself ready to combat the January blues and read our hit list of top shops to head along to this January 2017! Shopping in St Andrews is wonderful! Peppered with an array of boutiques, cafes, galleries and more you are truly spoilt for choice. Below is a list of some of our recommendations.
Fisher and Donaldson – yes please!
Do not let sugar withdrawal get hold of you! Head to Fisher and Donaldson and choose from their 400 delicious treats! This 5th generation bakery makes your taste buds tingle with delight!
Gifts in the Topdrawer
Head to Topdrawer gifts on South Street and peruse the array of gifts on offer. Be it clocks, candles, jewellery, crafts, there is a wonderful choice of tasteful gifts to add to your basket.
A tipple this 2017
Luvians bottle shop sells some of the rarest tipples to tantalise you. Passion permeates this shop and everyone is welcome to come along and hear all about the alcoholic delights. Whisky, wine, champagne and much, much more, there is something for every palate!
James Pirie, a leading retailer in crystal, houses stunning gifts and collectables for that something extra special. Treat yourself to a classic collectable and furnish your home as the Victorian villas and mansions of St Andrews have done since this shop opened in 1890.
Wemyss Ware dating back to 1882 must not be missed! Tuck in your handbags and explore the most sought after Scottish pottery. Stunning painted pigs, cats, animals, tableware, tiles and much more you will be in awe! Using a secret painting technique passed down from generations, you can buy a unique gift to cherish for life.
Burns Sweet shop is filled to the brim with brightly coloured sweetie jars and treats! Head into this Willy Wonka factory of delights and get in touch with your inner child! This is old fashioned candy shops at their very best!
Get creative and Artery!
Weave your way to the Artery Gallery and explore the beautiful designs and artwork within! Various designers in Scotland and across the UK exhibit and sell unique works here that you can buy. Glassware, sculptures, woodwork, metal work and much more, this is a truly special place to visit!
So there you have it! Shopping in St Andrews is a magical experience! If you are looking for days out in Fife this January then head to the shops! Are you looking for somewhere to stay? We offer wonderful luxury lodge, self-catering near St Andrews. Head back after a day of shopping, sink into one of our sumptuous sofas and enjoy a glass of wine. To find out more call us on 07840 801 114 or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you!
To get to the other side – Places to visit in Fife…
Did you know it took 4,500 workers to build the Forth rail bridge? Were you aware that the Forth road bridge was the longest of bridge of its kind outside the US when it was built? The Forth Bridges have been famous landmarks on the Firth of Forth for many years. Now rising out of the water like Godzilla is the new Queensferry Bridge. Joining the family of the famous duo, each bridge has its own story to tell. To commemorate these amazing structures, the Fife Cultural Trust is bringing the stories of these bridges to life. ‘SPAN- A Tale of Three Bridges’ is an exhibition being hosted at Kirkaldy Galleries and is well worth a visit!
Telling the story of three bridges
The exhibition starts by looking at how travellers crossed the Forth prior to the bridges being built. As methods of transport evolved so did the need for alternative methods of crossing this expanse of water.
Explore the exhibits and find out how these problems were solved. Look at the engineering that was involved. Delve into the facts about the workers behind the monumental construction of these incredible structures. Discover what was involved. Watch film footage, search historical photos and images, and analyse a recently created model of the rail bridge.
Perfect family day out in Fife
Plan a great day family day out here in Fife where you and the kids will all learn something special. With interactive displays, amazing stories, fabulous facts, dressing up and a giant jigsaw, there is plenty to amuse kids of all ages! As a result, you will look at these incredible structures with insight and awe every time you pass them. Also, you will appreciate the work that is presently going on with the building of the new Queensferry bridge, due to open in May 2017.
Build Bridges and visit us in Fife!
On in Kirkaldy Galleries until the 25th of February 2017, you have plenty of time to come along and see it. Maybe you are looking for somewhere to stay? Our self-catering accommodation is near St Andrews, here in Fife and a 40minute drive to Kirkaldy. Our Winter Early Bird offer is on until the end of February, tying in nicely with the exhibition dates. Find out more by getting in touch today. Call us on 07840 801 114 or email us here. Come along and enjoy Fife!
Tis the season to be jolly – find out what’s on in fife this December!
December is a busy month preparing for the festivities and there is lots of organisation and planning to be getting on with! With so much on and things to see and do we have decided to help you by collating a list of what’s on in fife this December. We will help get you in the mood for the fun and frivolities of the festive season! Read on and enjoy…
Festive fun for the kids and big kids!
Moon Dog and the Christmas Star
On in the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline from 6th – 24th Dec this is a magical treat for young children between the ages of 3 – 6. With use of puppetry and clowning the tale of Moon Dog making new friends from a distant place is told in a captivating way.
No Christmas would be complete without going to the pantomime to watch Cinderella. So head along to the Adam Smith theatre in Kirkcaldy to get your dose of the ugly sisters this year! On from Sat 10th Dec to 7th of Jan you can book your tickets and head along and see who’s foot fits that slipper once again!
We all wish we had our own magic lamp and this year in Fife you can head along to the Byre Theatre and see Aladdin and his! Sure to be a bundle of hilarity and fun you can book to see this from the 1st – 31st Dec.
Fife Farmers Market
Why not head down to the Fife Famers market and stock up for Christmas with all the delights this market has on offer? You can either go to St Andrews on the 3rd Dec, Dunfermline on the 10th Dec, Cupar on the 17th Dec or Kirkcaldy on the 18th Dec. There is nothing quite like fresh produce, especially at Christmas!
The Balgove Night Market
Enjoy a festive night out and head to the Balgove Night Market. Find unusual Christmas gifts for the stockings, visit Santa and sample the delicious delicacies on offer. This is the perfect way to escape the Christmas mayhem and enjoy some festive delights! Head down on Wednesady the 14th Dec between 5pm – 9pm to experience the fun!
Red Hot Chilli Pipers
A not to be missed concert! Head along on the 30th Dec to the Alhambra theatre in Dunfermline for a night of exciting Celtic rock from Scotland’s most famous bagpipe playing band! The evening performance is sold out but you can head along to the Matinee performance that is on at 2pm. Prepare to dance your socks off!
Span a Tale of Three Bridges
A fabulous exhibition that explores the three famous bridges – the Forth Rail Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing. Learn about the history around these bridges, the Spider men of the road bridge and how close it was to having a tunnel instead of the new bridge. A perfect, fun and interactive family day out, this exhibition is on from 3rd Sept to the 25th Feb.
Planning any holidays in Fife?
If this has got you thinking about planning any holidays in Fife, we offer wonderful self-catering near St Andrews. We are in the ideal location to visit the many famous attractions in the Kingdom and of course any of the aforementioned events in Fife. If you want to know more then please call us on 07840 801114 or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you!
Get the hard hat on and get exploring!
So you may have arrived here desperate to find out all about what these fun days out in Fife with‘Hard Hat’s’ is all about! So let’s introduce Bennet House. Bennet House is a historical property in the quaint and famous village of Culross (featured in the Outlander series). Over the years it has sadly slipped away into decline. Tiles slipping off, vegetation growth, leaks, rotten wood, broken windows and structural issues are to name but a few. Fear not as The Little House Improvement Scheme is here to save this historic building!
What is The Little House Improvement Scheme?
The Little House Improvement Scheme is a National Trust Scotland, in-house building preservation trust. They work to save, renovate and restore domestic, historical buildings throughout Scotland. This work is invaluable. This superb scheme saves a lot of Scotland’s stunning and iconic historic buildings that would not have survived otherwise. With all the modernisations made to burghs over the 20th century, many historical buildings would not be here today without the LHIS’s work.
What are the plans for Bennet House?
Culross has been a burgh The National Trust for Scotland and LHIS have worked with since the 1930’s and Bennet House is a welcome addition to their folio. Set in the heart of this burgh and believed to date back to 16th century, the aim is to restore this property back to its former glory. Most of the restoration will be on the ground floor and north wing of the property. This section has been heavily modernised over the 20th century. The remainder of the internal fabric of the property will be retained where possible. Alterations to the external fabric of the will include rebuilding the north-east gable of the property and repairing the roof. You can find out more about the details of the restoration here.
So what about the hard hat days out?
The wonderful thing is that this project is not to go on behind closed doors! You, the public are being invited to take part in the ‘Conservation Action’! Here you can come along and take part in an array of workshops that are being run throughout the project. Investigating the property structure through its archaeology, repointing in lime, repair of traditional sash and case windows are but a few workshops that you can take part in. You can also come along and be taken on a guided ‘Hard Hat Tour’ of the building while it is under restoration. Restoration started in September and will run on until June 2017. To see when the Hard Hat Tours and workshops are on check out the events page here.
Looking for somewhere to stay in Fife?
If you are planning any holidays in Fife, our luxury self-catering lodges near St Andrews provide the perfect haven to enjoy some peace and quiet. We are an hour away from the stunning village of Culross which we certainly advise you to add to your fun days out in Fife list! And it is all the better to visit, now that you can undertake a Hard Hat Tours and workshops! If you want to know more then please get in touch with us on 07840 801114 or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you.
So you want to know what to do in Fife this Winter?
With much going on and so many places worth seeing it is hard to actually decide what to do in Fife when you visit. That is why holidays in Fife are so popular, so you have enough time to pack it all in! In this blog we have decided to break it down into a few favourite activities to help you decide!
Our top pick of things to do when visiting Fife:
Fife was used a lot as a filming location for the famous series ‘Outlander’. Falkland, Aberdour and Balgonie are to name but a few! Follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire and see if you an recognise any of the sites. You can find out more here to help you plan your trip.
St Monans Windmill and the Fife Coastal Path
There is nothing more exhilarating than wrapping up warm and facing the Scottish elements! And face the elements you will as you stroll the Fife Coastal path in search of St Monans windmill. Visit this 18 century windmill and even borrow the keys for a small fee to see inside. Carefully restored it is the last remaining windmill in Fife.
The British Golf Museum
Fife is the home of St Andrews and St Andrews is the home of golf! It is also the home of the British Golf Museum. Situated just yards from the Old Course itself you can discover the history of golf through exploring their fascinating collections.
Scotland’s Secret Bunker
Step back into history and visit Scotland’s Secret Bunker. The size of two football pitches stacked on top of each other, you can learn all about this exciting hidden structure that is hidden 100 feet underground! Find out all about the Government Cold War and why they would have survived and you wouldn’t have!
The Scottish Deer centre
A perfect place for a family day out the Scottish Deer Centre has 55 acres that you can explore. With 14 species of deer, a wolf pack, wildcat, otters, birds of prey and many other rare Scottish species there is much to see and learn about!
So there you have it! There is so much that you can choose from that you will not be bored this winter. For a more in-depth list of things to do in Fife visit this website here.
Looking for somewhere to stay?
Are you planning any holidays Fife? If so we offer luxury self catering near St Andrews where you can relax and unwind after a fun day out! If you want to know more then you can call us on 07840 801 114 or email us here. We look forward to hearing from you
St Andrews day celebrations in St Andrews!
November 30th marks the day of St Andrews day celebrations that will be happening across the world! So why not celebrate the in the town that bears the patron saint’s name and head to St Andrews itself? There are many events that are going to be taking place to mark this special day!
So what exactly is St Andrews Day all about?
For those of you who are new to St Andrews day we thought it a good idea to give you a brief summary of why the day is so important to us Scots!
About St Andrew…
St Andrew was a Galilean fisherman before he became a disciple of Jesus. He was crucified on 30th November, 60AD, on an X shaped cross (hence the Scottish Flag) and was recognised as an official patron in Scotland in 1320. Legend has it that relics of St Andrew were to be taken to the ‘ends of the earth’ for safe keeping which ended up coming ashore at what is now known as St Andrews. The relics included a tooth, a knee-cap an arm and finger bones. St Andrew’s became a popular pilgrimage site because of these. Sadly in the Scottish Reformation these relics were destroyed. But, in 1879, Archbishop Amalfi gifted Andrew’s shoulder blade and Pope Paul VI gifted further relics in 1969 to Scotland. These can be seen at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Why we celebrate
St Andrews day is the feast day of St Andrew who became our Patron Saint. Us Scots mark this day every year on 30th November and celebrate our Scottish culture, food and dance. The day also marks the beginning of Scotland’s winter festivals and is an official bank holiday.
So what is on in St Andrews?
Savour St Andrews is offering a variety of food and drink events throughout November. With drinks tastings, chef demonstrations and taster lunches you can sample the delights for yourself! There will be a fabulous St Andrews Day dinner where 6 top Fife chefs and hospitality students are joining forces in the kitchen to make the feast a scrumptious success! It will be held in the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa on 30th November. See last years dinner below:
Street party delights
There is also going to be a momentous street party on the 26th November where you can join a crowd of thousands to celebrate! And what’s more, it’s completely FREE! Listen to the sounds of Donnie Munroe, dance to Skerryvore and hear Caroline Gilmour an up and coming singer-songwriter. The party will be kept going with street entertainers and buskers until the Festive Lights are switched on at 5.345pm. Held in Market Street from 2pm-6pm it is an ideal family day out in Fife! A ceilidh then takes over the street from 6.30pm – 7.30 pm claiming to be the world’s largest St Andrews Day ceilidh!
Need somewhere to stay?
If this has got you warmed up and ready to celebrate and you are looking for accommodation near St Andrews, then check out our fabulous luxury lodges in Fife. We offer beautiful lodges surrounded by rolling countryside that are also ideal for accessible holidays. What’s more, we are only 3 miles from St Andrews! If you want to find out more then please call us on 07840 801114 or email us here. Join in the St Andrews day celebrations!
Days out in Fife that submerge you in history!
Are you on your holidays in Fife this September? Are you looking for days out in Fife this September? If so we have the perfect event for you to attend, happening over the weekend of September the 24th. The Sealed Knot are coming to Falkland Palace to take over the orchard with displays of battle that will leave you intrigued and wanting to know more.
Who are The Sealed Knot?
The Sealed Knot is a society in the UK and a registered charity who tour the country and re-enact historical battles and share knowledge of historical Civilian and Military life. Their re-enactments of Civil War not only honour those who died in battle but also educate the public through fabulous and exciting displays. Through their demonstrations, you can quite literally submerge yourself in historical warfare. You can explore The Sealed Knot website here for more information and explore their videos and photos. The video below shows an example of one of their events:
Usually set over a few days, you can watch soldiers take to the battlefield as they did centuries ago. Experience the explosion of canon, thunder of hooves, smell of gunpowder and clanking of metal as the clash of the enemies plays out right before your very eyes. Learn all about how civilians lived, demonstrating crafts and trades of the period. Hear all about weaponry and see how it was used in battle through watching live demonstrations. Find out about the roles various people undertook such as Pikemen, Musketeers, Sergeants, Drummers, Officers, Cavalry and much more. It is a magical learning experience for all ages that will ignite your hunger for history.
Come along and join in the fun in Fife
Interested? Well come along to Falkland Palace on the weekend of the 24th September and see for yourself. The event will take place in the historical Falkland Palace gardens. All your senses will be engaged as battle unfolds with soldiers taking over the orchard for combat. You can also explore the living history displays, living history camp and weapons demonstrations. You are guaranteed an unforgettable day and experience. If you are looking for places to visit in Fife then this is a must see event to add to your things to do list! If you have children, ‘show and tell time’ on Monday morning at school will have the class in awe and your child a budding historian.
Looking for somewhere to stay?
If you plan to come along and are looking for somewhere to stay in Fife we offer fabulous self-catering accommodation near St Andrews. You are only a 30minute drive to Falkland Palace. If you want to find out more then please call us on 07840 801114 or email us here. Let battle commence!
*Note: Ticket prices for The Sealed Knot event are included in the admission cost. To find out more about the event itself call 01337 857397.
Check out our top days out in Fife this Summer…!
With so much to see and do in Fife it is hard to narrow down a list of what to do when you visit. That is why we have done this for you! Below you can see a list of the top picks that we have chosen from our experience! Read on to find out more…
Feel the wind through your hair as you surf through the sea . Enjoy the beautiful coastline and appreciate the skippers’ great knowledge of the area, passing smugglers cove, McDuffs cave with the chain walk and the Stevenson Lighthouse. You will also hopefully see the dolphins, puffins , seals and sea birds. This is a beautiful hour long trip – even in the rain !
This day trip is heaven for the birdwatcher with a camera visiting the Isle of May. It is home to a huge variety of seabirds; puffins, shags, guillimots, terns, gulls and razorbills. The Lighthouse can also be climbed, offering superb views from the top.
Be prepared to be spooked! This is a fascinating, well researched and historically accurate tour with many gripping and scary ghost stories and facts. The guide is truly enthusiastic, humorous and entertaining. It offers an exciting and in depth guide to St Andrews where you see all sorts of little gems that would be otherwise missed. A must for the curious!
Castles and Gardens
Culross is the most complete example of a Scottish Burgh in the 17th and 18th Centuries. It is a stunning village with buildings in amazing colours . The Middle Age Garden is a gem and if you climb to the top you will enjoy wonderful views . Children can enjoy looking for the Culross Dumpy Hens roaming in the Palace Orchard.
This is a great place to visit, set in a lovely village which featured in the much loved series Outlander. The Palace is interesting and well kept with well informed staff. Children’s enquiring, inquisitive minds are kept interested and entertained with explorer kits. The gardens are breathtaking and contain the UK’s oldest real tennis court.
Keillie Castle has the most wonderful summer gardens . There are also woodland walks and an adventure playground for children. The castle dates from the 14th century and has magnificent plaster ceilings. There is also a lovely coffee shop where you can re-fuel after your day of exploring.
*All these properties are managed by the National Trust.
The Scottish Deer Centre
This is a great family day out with much to see. It is a unique wildlife centre with 14 different types of deer and bears. There are also wolves, lynx , otters and birds of prey. The rangers are knowledgeable and interesting and you are able to feed the deer by hand and pet them. There are indoor and outdoor children’s play areas and cafe facilities so all needs are catered for.
The Anstruther to Crail Coastal Walk 6.75Km. (walkhighlands.co.uk)
This is one of the most interesting legs of the Fife Coastal Walk, linking the East Neak Fishing Ports. The route passes through Cellerdyke, an unexpected gem and there are great views out to sea of the Bass Rock and the Isle of May.
So there you have it. Now all you need to do is arrive in Fife and decide what you want to see and do! If you are looking for more information or for somewhere to stay then get in touch with us on 07840 801114 or email us here! We hope you enjoy your visit!
Painting your perfect summers day out on your holidays in St Andrews …
If you are on your holidays in St Andrews this August and you fancy getting in touch with your creative side then why not plan a day out to explore the variety of fabulous exhibits at the famous Pittenweem Arts Festival? It is a truly unique and quirky festival to experience, where you walk the streets and wynds and pass something fabulously tantalising on each turn! It all started in 1982, when creative minds belonging to the residents of Pittenweem came together and decided to exhibit their works in the spaces available to them in the village. Since then 100’s of arts and crafts people from all over Britain have come to this creative hub to exhibit their works in studios, galleries, houses and public spaces making even the means of exhibiting works an art in itself.
So what is on…
Set in ‘painters paradise’ next to beautiful seascapes and rows of colourful seaside cottages the festival runs over 9 days and offers much for its 25,000 visitors to explore. There is a choice of exhibitions displaying artists works, which you can you see here to find out more about. From stunning abstract seascapes to contemporary jewellery and captivating sculptures you will marvel at what is around every corner.
It is also ideal if you are looking for family days out in Fife as there are events the whole family can enjoy, such as storytelling from Chatterbox Stories, making mad animals from clay, weaving with recycled materials and turning your hand to steel sculpturing and much more. You can see a full list of events here to help you plan ahead which include many workshops for all abilities in a variety of mediums.
Live performances are also part of the of the weeks events including an evening of Blues, Soul and Rock and Roll by ‘Wolfman’ Jock on Saturday the 6th, a varied programme of Chamber music at the Castle Concert Series on the 10th August and the Rose Room who got to the finals in the Scottish Jazz Awards will be performing on Friday 12th. ‘The Lost Treasure’ a film weaving together footage with traditional songs, field recordings and archival records of oral history through a captivating audio visual performance can be seen on Saturday 13th.
Get it in the diary!
So what are you waiting for? Get the dates from the 6th – 14th August in your diary and take a look at what is on and head down to see what it is all about! There is a stewarded car park available to make parking easy and a colourful festival brochure on hand to give you a complete guide to what is on. A magazine is also available to help you plan your festival visit.
If you are still looking to book your holidays in fife and are looking for self-catering accommodation near St Andrews then check out our superb luxury lodges. We offer fabulous accommodation at fabulous prices. Get in touch with us today on 07840 801114 or contact us here to find out more. We hope you have found this helpful in planning things to do in Fife while in your holidays!