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St Andrews is popular for families and offers a wide variety of family activities. If the weather is fair some of the most popular attractions are the beaches. The two main beaches are the East and West sands. The West Sands is the more popular of the two runs between the sea and the St Andrews Links golf courses. The West Sands is popular with surfers and kite flyers.
Visit St Andrews has a comprehensive list of family-friendly activities, from sports to sightseeing. If you are traveling to St Andrews in the Scottish school holidays, there are often special family events taking place.
The Museum of the University of St Andrews offers great holiday workshops for children and young teenagers.
The Byre Theatre often run special shows for pre-schoolers and older children during holidays.
For a good list of special events taking place in St Andrews during your visit, check out the highly functional 'Event St Andrews' website.
Adjacent to the West Sands beach, heading towards the golf courses, The Himalayas is an 18 hole putting area which is popular with families. The Himalayas is open from April to October.
Other top attractions include:
Cairnie Fruit Farm and Outdoor Maze – located just outside Cupar (8 miles from St Andrews). In the summer the farm offers 6 acre outdoor maze, go karting, trampolines and swings. The farm is ideally suited for kids up to 16 years and adults can also browse the farm shop or pick your own strawberries and raspberries. The maze is open from July 10th to the end of September. Tel: 01334 6556510
Craigtoun Country Park – situated two miles south west of the city centre, the park includes a miniature railway, picnic areas and a boating lake. Opens April to September. Tel: 01334 473666
St Andrews Aquarium - located next to the West Sands and ideal for a day out when the weather is not so good.