St Andrews Botanic Garden and Lade Braes

We were long overdue a walk round St Andrews Botanic Garden, so set off there on a fine day in May in time for apple blossom and bluebells.

St Andrews Botanic Garden and Butterfly House

It’s well signposted around St Andrews, or you can check directions before you go. There is ample parking at the entrance to the garden, and they do allow you to bring a picnic – there is a huge lawn perfect for picnics and lazing around making daisy chains.  We were excited to discover that there is also a glasshouse with a delightful collection of exotic butterflies.  There’s a small entrance fee to pay for access to the garden including glasshouses, and a supplement for timed entry to the butterfly glasshouse.  So even on dull days there’s the possibility of warming up in the glasshouses in between wandering round the garden.

We’ll let our selection of images from the day entice you to make a visit.

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Lade Braes Walk and Cockshaugh Park

After we’d enjoyed our stroll round the garden, our son wanted to visit Cockshaugh Park which is just the other side of the Kinness Burn, and provides access to the Lade Braes Walk.  As the bluebells were in bloom this was another delight.  The walk is about 1-1/2 miles long in its entirety, but you can make a short circular route by following the low path from near the play area in Cockshaugh Park, and returning by the high path.

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West Sands and St Andrews Links Clubhouse

A very pleasant way to spend an afternoon in St Andrews and work up an appetite for our evening meal at the Swilcan Restaurant at the St Andrews Links Clubhouse.  Indulging in one of their ice cream sundaes meant we needed another walk on the West Sands after dinner.

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Useful information

St Andrews Botanic Garden

Lade Braes Walk

St Andrews Links Clubhouse

Album of photos of St Andrews Botanic Garden on Facebook

We hope you enjoy a day out in St Andrews with these ideas.  To check availability at Sandcastle Cottage, just put your selected dates into our “book now” box to find out when we’re next free.

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