St Andrews Castle

  • The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) light up the castle
© Pasquale Galliani

St Andrews Castle has been by turns a fortress, palace and prison. It is largely ruined, battered from centuries of wars, sieges and high tides, but remains a fascinating visit on any trip to St Andrews. Children will love the visitor centre, with its beautifully illustrated history of those who lived – and died – in the castle. St Andrews Castle’s infamous “bottle dungeon” and the underground mine and countermine are well-preserved evidence of the castle’s medieval past, but they may not be suitable for the faint-hearted!

Visit the Historic Scotland website for more information on opening hours and ticket prices for St Andrews Castle. A combined ticket for the Castle and the nearby Cathedral is a great way to save money.