One of the utterly brilliant things about Scotland is its size; it’s big enough to have loads going on but small enough to make it accessible. Case in point, if you fancy a weekend away like we did, you won’t have to travel too far.
For this trip, we settled on St Andrews. Why? Well, firstly, I REALLY wanted to spend a night at Hotel Du Vin. I’ve been to many a Hotel Du Vin bar and restaurant, but had never spent the night. A quick look on their website revealed the kind of rooms you would expect from a high-end hotel; beds you want to jump into, baths you want to lie in and restaurants you have to eat in. I was sold and the hotel was booked.
We arrived to stunning views – the Hotel Du Vin in St Andrews is situated on The Scores, with views across the sea. We were shown to our room, which was a lesson in how to style a room with a Scottish theme, without being tacky. A huge leather sleigh bed would be where we would rest our heads for the night. Hints of tartan came through in the soft furnishings. The room was small without feeling cramped. The definition of cosy.
After getting acquainted with our room, we went down to the hotel bar to get some lunch. We ate delicious sandwiches and shared some chips while taking in our surroundings. It wasn’t warm enough to sit outside when we visited, but the Hotel Du Vin St Andrews has a lovely outdoor seating space perfect for those sunny days.
Suitably satisfied on the food front, we went for a long walk around the historical town. There is so much to see in St Andrews, from the university to campus to the ruins of St Andrews cathedral, to the stunning views across the Forth. There’s no shortage of things to see on a weekend trip to this town.
A long walk left us needing to refuel, so we stopped off at Tanon, a Thai street food restaurant. The food here was excellent, so much so I don’t have any photos to share as we got down to the business of enjoying our food so quickly, it didn’t even occur to me to take a picture. It’s absolutely worth a visit though – it’s the best Thai food I’ve tasted in a long time.
We gravitated back to the hotel after dinner, and following a dram in the bar, we headed upstairs for what was predictably, a very good night’s sleep.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a stay at Hotel Du Vin St Andrews. If this particular hotel is anything to go by, I can only imagine that you could expect the same brilliant stay at any of their hotels.1 like