8th March 2017




Going around on foot is great. Time spent outdoors in the cool Scottish air is invigorating for the mind, body and soul. You will also help the environment by lowering your carbon footprint. You can travel by foot as part of a daily commute, a trip to the shops or as a leisure-time activity. It can be an activity completed multiple times a week or once in a while. There is minimal equipment or cost requirements to walk, jog or run. The freedom this allows is one of its many benefits.

If this hasn’t yet inspired you to pop on your shoes and bounce outside, there are multiple websites explaining the many benefits walking brings. Just click on the hyperlink to find out more!

Don’t know where to start? Here are some walking tips from the National Health Service (NHS) to get you started.

Want to set a goal? You could try going on an organised walk for charity.

Local Route Inspiration

New to the area? Want to explore? Here are a few walking and running routes to get you started.

Check out the St Andrews Interactive Walking and Cycling Map.

Walk over the Fife Coastal Path. There is so much for you to discover on the Fife Coastal Path. Stretching for 117 miles from the Firth of Forth in the south, to the Firth of Tay in the north, the route offers an unrivalled walking experience.

Some other good walks include those listed here.

Walking Groups

Wee Walk Once A Week

Open to all staff and students, the group organisse a short walk in the town once a week, with regular ‘portable breakfast/lunch’ walks and periodic ‘expert leader’ walks at weekends for staff, students, friends and family members.

‌The weekday walks will be scheduled in advance (so people can plan ahead) and will take place either the early morning, late afternoon or at lunchtimes, and will alternate between different days to make them as accessible as possible.

For more information, please see the University of St Andrews WWOW website.


The University of St Andrews Hillwalking Club. Be you a “Munro Bagger” or someone who wants to see Scotland at a more leisurely pace, the Breakaway Club is for you! On every trip there are suitable walks for everyone, regardless of experience. We go into the remote and beautiful Scottish countryside for day and weekend trips.

For more information, please see their website or Facebook group.

Post-graduate and Staff Hiking Group

The University of St Andrews Post-Graduate and Staff Hiking Group. Please see the Facebook group for further details.

 This is only the beginning…

Get outside and explore the world by foot!