Local Activities & Sightseeing Tours
Kirkton Barns is situated in an ideal area for sights to see. From Castles, monuments, museums, exhibitions, palaces, beaches, gardens, parks or even other activities such as cycling, horse riding, walking, fishing and boat rides to islands, there is plenty to do whether its raining or sunny within a minimum of a 20 minute drive your sure to be kept busy.
St Andrews boasts a wide selection of eateries from fine dining .... offering the best in Scottish seafood, beef and game ..... to pubs and international cuisine including an award winning Indian restaurant!
Although St Andrews is renowned the world over as the Home of Golf it has many other attractions and facilities. St Andrews has over one thousand years of history - the Cathedral dates from the 12th century and the Castle, originally an ecclesiastical residence, dates from the same period. St Andrews is also a well respected seat of learning where the University is noted to be the oldest in Scotland. There is an endless choice of entertainment - perhaps a visit to The Byre Theatre, The Crawford Arts Centre, joining an historical walking tour, a visit to St Andrews Museum or Kinburn Park, both of which are just across the road - or simply a walk on one of our award winning beaches.
The Byre Theatre - is a busy, vibrant place offering visitors a wide range of performances and events, an exhibition space, conference facilities, two bars and a quality café/restaurant.
RRS Discovery - Welcome to Discovery Point, home of Captain Scott's famous ship RSS Discovery. Discovery was one of the last wooden three-masted ships to be built in Britain and the first to be constructed specifically for scientific research. Launched in 1901 it was the beginning of an adventure that would take her deep into the unknown waters of Antarctica and secure her place in the heroic age of polar exploration
Falkland Palace - Wandering around the palace and gardens at Falkland, it’s poignant to reflect that Mary, Queen of Scots spent some of the happiest days of her life here, ‘playing the country girl in the woods and parks’. The magnificent Royal Palace of Falkland was built by James IV and James V between 1450 and 1541 as their country residence. The Stuarts used Falkland as a lodge when hunting deer and wild boar in the forests of Fife. Portraits of the Stuart kings and queens hang in the palace and you can get a flavour of palace life when you enter the King’s Bedchamber and the Queen’s Room, both restored by the Trust. The Chapel Royal and the Keeper’s Apartments in the Gatehouse are also on view to visitors.
The Edinburgh Tatoo - Since 1950 the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been an annual event held over the period of the International Festival on the Castle Esplanade. It is now attended by some 200,000 people each year from all parts of the world.
Stirling Castle - Stirling Castle is the grandest of Scotland's castles and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country.250 feet above the plain on an extinct volcano, Stirling became the strategic military key to the kingdom during the 13th and 14th century Wars of Independence and was the favourite royal residence of many of the Stuart Monarchs. Many important events from Scotland's past took place at Stirling Castle, including the violent murder of the eighth Earl of Douglas by James II in 1452. Stirling Castle played an important role in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. She spent her childhood in the castle and Mary's coronation took place in the Chapel Royal in 1543.
British Golf Museum - Where better to find out about golf than in St. Andrews, the home of golf. Using diverse displays and exciting interactives, the Museum tells the story of British golf from its origins in the middle ages through to the present day. We explore the players, tournaments and equipment, both past and present, which help to make golf the game it is today...
St.Andrews Castle - St Andrews Castle consists of the ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century.
St.Andrews Cathedral - As befitted the headquarters of the Christian church in Scotland, its cathedral became the longest and greatest in Scotland. Even in its present ruined state, the scale is impressive - at 355 feet long, it was at one time the second largest church in Britain. The effect on simple pilgrims who visited the cathedral 600 years ago must have been staggering.
West Sands Beach St.Andrews - Famous for the opening scenes of the film 'Chariots of Fire' West Sands extends for almost two miles of sand backed by dunes and the world renowned golf course. The beach is about 15 minutes walk from the town centre. It is very popular with families and also walkers.
Edinburgh Dungeons - Deep in the heart of Scotland, buried beneath the paving stones of Edinburgh, lies the world's most chillingly famous horror attraction. Step through its imposing portal and you are at once transported to the darker, sinister side of Scotland's turbulent and troubled past.
Holyrood Palace - Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining.
The Helix - The Helix has been around since 2003, borne from an idea to create a local greenspace that connects and engages with its local communities. Here you can see the Kelpies