|6-9 September 2004
University of St Andrews, UK
Local Information and Maps
Weather and Climate in September
The weather in Scotland in early Autumn is often quite pleasant. However the Scottish weather is notoriously variable no matter what time of year it is. In fact, we frequently seem to have weather suitable for both winter and summer in the same day! If you want to check the weather before you come then check the BBC weather in Scotland website.
If you are having trouble packing, the best advice is to take a mixture of clothing from T shirts to warm jumpers/fleeces and also something waterproof. Even if the day starts off nice and sunny it's advisable to have an extra layer of clothing or a waterproof jacket with you in case of a change later in the day.
St Andrews is 50 miles (80 km) north of Edinburgh via the Forth Bridge to junction 5 on the M90, then A92 through Glenrothes and Cupar and A91. St Andrews is 15 miles south of Dundee via the Tay Bridge A92, A919 and A91. Glasgow is 80-90 miles away via either M8 to the Forth Bridge or by A80 and M876 to the Kincardine Bridge and then by A977, M90 and A91.
Edinburgh airport is the nearest airport to St Andrews and is about 1-1.5 hours drive away. The taxi fare to Haymarket railway station is about 12 pounds and there is a regular bus service from the airport to Haymarket and Waverley railway stations. From these stations there are approximately hourly trains to Leuchars (rail fare approximately 13 pounds one way excluding railcard/prebook discounts).
Glasgow Airport has direct flights to the USA and Canada and is 2-3 hours drive away, although there are regular coaches which go via Glenrothes or trains (from Queen Street Station) that go via either Edinburgh or Dundee.
Please note that London Airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, etc) are a 1.5 hour flight to/from Edinburgh or a 7-8 hour train journey to Leuchars.
Also, if you are arriving into Edinburgh or Glasgow late, please double check your transport links to St Andrews.
The nearest station to St Andrews is Leuchars, which is about 5 miles away on the line between Edinburgh and Dundee. From there take any of the nos 94/95/96 buses to St Andrews, this will cost about 1.50 for a single. Alternatively, a taxi fare from the station to St Andrews is just under 10 pounds.
For information on train journeys, there is a route planner on the Railtrack Homepage.
There are regular coaches run by Fife Scottish to and from Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
New Hall is a short (5 minute) walk from the bus station.
Although you are unlikely to need a taxi to get around St Andrews, you may want to use one as part of your travel plans to/from St Andrews. Some St Andrews taxi companies and their phone numbers are;
Please click on a map for an enlarged version.
You can download these maps as postscript files by clicking on the links below;