The Blue Stane: for a rock-steady welcome

The Blue Stane - a glacial rock made of dolerite - has been standing in St Andrews since at least the 16th century and is treated as a good-luck talisman. A favourite place for fairies, according to local folklore, it is part of the mythology of this historic city. The pub that bears its name is a lively meeting place for anyone from 18-80 (children too, until 8pm), whether in the roomy interior or taking the air on the chairs and tables outside. Look out for DJs, live bands, open-mic nights and other events and, if you're planning a party, you should talk to the staff about reserving a special area.