spontaneous weekend trips (Part 2)

You can never have too many day trip options!

5. Eden Mill Gin Tour

To be honest, who doesn’t want to spend a few hours sipping gin cocktails at a local distillery? Hop on the 99D towards Dundee and exit by the Ashgrove Buildings, where it’s only a two-minute walk to the Eden Mill Gin Tour. It’s £10/person, but you get four cocktails with it, so you’re #winning.

6. Riding at Barbarafield

Sure, you could go for a hike in the Scottish countryside, but you know what’s even better? Majestically trekking through the countryside on horseback. For £27/person, you can spend an hour riding through rolling hills and fields on a guided tour at Barbarafield Riding School. The best part? It’s a relatively easy journey to get to the stables. Simply hop on the 64 towards Glenrothes and exit at the Kingarroch Inn in Craigrothie.

7. Dundee

Okay, okay, hear me out – Dundee gets a bad rap, but the city is actually full of fun things to do. If you’re an art nerd, check out the McManus, a beautiful art gallery where admission is free. Shopaholic? Head to Overgate, where you can find both Primark and Topshop. Feeling peckish? Check out the Flame Tree Café for aesthetically-pleasing rainbow bagels.

8. Dunnottar Castle

If you’re feeling ambitious, take the two-hour journey to Dunnottar Castle, a gorgeous 14th-century castle that sits dramatically atop a cliff. If it feels eerily familiar, it’s probably because the castle inspired the setting for Disney’s Brave. Entry is £7 per person.

9. Afternoon Tea at the Rufflets

Honestly, who doesn’t want to sip Earl Grey and feel like Maggie Smith on Downton Abbey? This beautiful country estate offers a full afternoon tea for £23.50/person, which includes fresh sandwiches, homemade scones, and sweet treats. You could walk the forty minutes to the estate, but I wouldn’t recommend it – paying £6 for a taxi will save your feet.

With revision break quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to try out some of these day trips from St Andrews. Grab a few friends, choose your excursion, and get going. You won’t regret seeing a bit more of Scotland, and — more importantly — avoiding awkward run-ins with your tutor in Tesco.