Whisky, St. Andrews and the Wind in your Face

St. Andrews with a Hangover

When Whisky Isn't Always the Answer

Students always ask if it’s okay to go out drinking or partying the night before one of our tours. Student Tours Scotland has no issue with this - just don’t get sick on the coach. That’s the only rule.

And it comes from experience guys. It really does. In 2010 I was snared, trapped by the wiles and ways of a Dutch and a French guy. They claimed to be my, ‘friends’ and said that it would, ‘just be one drink’. Oh how young and naive I was in 2010.

We headed off to the fantastic Pot Still whisky bar on Hope Street in Glasgow (which I highly recommend you check out if you have not already). In fact. Don’t even read any more, go and get a whisky there and then come back.

....*time for you to get a whisky in the Pot Still.*

OK, so now that you’ve done that you will know my pain. One does not simply go to the Pot Still. One, experiences the Pot Still in all it’s glory. Whisky hits the tongue like a tsunami of unconditional surrender, as your tastes explode across your palette. Essentially, just having one, is not an option. So you get tipsy. Or in my case, drunk.

It’s not fun having to lead a tour group when your head is pounding. The good thing about St. Andrews of course is that it’s never a calm day. Even in the glorious sunshine, as the rays criss cross the sky and lap gently against your pale, ginger skin, there is always the cold, hard reminder of the wind. It lashes across your face giving you an epic, free facial scrub. There is no Lush in St. Andrews, one simply walks along the beach to cleanse ones pores.

So after a morning spent, lying in the grass at East Sands beach, face covered by my wannabe (smelly) Oasis bucket hat from 1995, I finally felt refreshed. I still thank Gillian for all the help she gave by just being there when I needed her to guide the group.

And to Rindert and Maxime, thank you to for letting me experience what it’s like for a student to come on my tour drunk or hungover. It’s not that fun guys. You can always party the next day.

Tickets are on sale now for our last Student Tours Scotland St. Andrews tour of the semester (you can even squeeze in Dundee on the way home as well).