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VISITSCOTLAND’S iCentre staff in St Andrews are teed up to welcome visitors from around the world as the town gets ready to host The 150th Open.

Staff from the information centre on Market Street will be on hand to offer their expert advice and guidance to visitors on how to experience the best of Fife during The Open Championship taking place between July 10-17.

The Open is the oldest golf tournament in the world and a record-breaking 290,000 golf fans are expected to attend the event in July, as it returns to the Old Course in St Andrews and the Home of Golf. 

And VisitScotland staff at St Andrews iCentre are encouraging visitors to explore what the region has to offer, as part of their trip to Scotland. An important part of the iCentre’s role is helping visitors to enjoy the area responsibly, by linking visitors with local tourism businesses and sharing information on some of the hidden gems that can be enjoyed. 

The iCentre has already seen excitement build as a result of The Big Bag Trail, developed by Callaway Golf and St Andrews Links Trust in the run up to The Open. 

Maureen Milne“We play an important part in the community here in St Andrews and we would encourage locals and visitors alike to pop in for information about local businesses and attractions. Our friendly team of experts are able to assist in any way we can and help visitors make the most of their stay in Fife and beyond.”Visitor Services Advisor Colin McKillop“I would encourage anyone who is visiting St Andrews for The Open or for a holiday in July to explore the beautiful historic town of St Andrews but to also go further afield and discover some amazing things to see, do and visit in The Kingdom of Fife.”

Here are some recommendations from St Andrew iCentre on places to enjoy across Fife:

  • The village of Ceres is home of Wemyss Ware Pottery and the Fife Folk Museum where you can visit the historic weavers’ cottages and Weigh House. The village, which also hosts the oldest free Highland Games in Scotland on the last Saturday in June, is located on the Fife Pilgrim Way that stretches from Culross and South Queensferry to St Andrews. 
  • Cambo Estate not far from St Andrews features beautiful gardens and coastal walks along to Kingsbarns Golf Course
  • Crail in the East Neuk of Fife boasts a picturesque harbour that is a mecca for artists seeking out the perfect light, where the river meets the sea. Crail Pottery is a firm favourite with visitors and there are souvenir shops and cafes for visitors to enjoy.
  • The Cocoa Tree is a chocolate shop and café in Pittenweem where you can borrow a key to nearby St Fillans Cave, home to the 7th-century Irish missionary St Fillan.
  • Kingarrock Golf Course at Hill of Tarvit, near Cupar, offers golf with traditional hickory shafted clubs. Visitors play on the beautiful 9-hole golf course and are provided with a set of hickory shafted clubs, authentic golf balls, a golf bag, tees and much-needed tips about the antique equipment. 
  •  To the south of St Andrews is Scotland’s Secret Bunker where you descend into a Nuclear Command Centre hidden beneath a traditional farmhouse where Scotland would have been governed in a nuclear war. It was Scotland’s best kept secret for more than forty years and has 24,000 square feet of secret offices and accommodation.
  • Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter in Scotland’s newest city provides the chance for visitors to learn about Dunfermline’s ancient and modern history, heritage and culture. Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries hosts an exhibition about the city’s history. The contemporary building sits beautifully alongside Dunfermline Abbey and iconic pink Abbot House and landscaped garden.
  • The newly opened exhibition of the work of world-famous Fife painter Jack Vettriano at Kirkcaldy Galleries is also a must visit. The exhibition, which was co-curated with the artist, is a celebration of Vettriano’s career and brings together works he painted in his 20s under his real name Jack Hoggan with his most famous works which include The Singing Butler, Billy Boys and Bluebird at Bonneville. 
  • Birnie & Gaddon Lochs in Collessie were excavated during the 1980s and 1990s as sand and gravel quarries and restored to provide homes for plant and bird species. There is a peaceful place for a picnic and a stroll around the lochs.  
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