Location and Travel

Workshop Venue

The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental  Modelling (CREEM) is based in St Andrews, Scotland. St Andrews is a bustling university town about 50 miles northeast of Edinburgh (click here for a map). It is famous as the Home of Golf, and was once the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland. The town retains many interesting remnants of its illustrious past, including the remains of the cathedral, once the largest in Scotland.

Workshops are be held at the Observatory building (map). The building was renovated in 2002 to provide CREEM with an inter-disciplinary, tailor-made teaching and research facility.


St Andrews is easily accessible by air, rail, bus and car, as outlined below.


Edinburgh airport is the nearest major airport to St. Andrews, and is a one to two hours drive (depending on traffic). Glasgow International Airport is about a two to two and a half hours’ drive .

A bus service operates every fifteen minutes from both airports, linking with the railway stations of each city. There is also a tram service from Edinburgh airport to the railway stations.  For rail connections to Leuchars (the closest train station to St. Andrews, see below) from Edinburgh you can embark at Waverley or Haymarket Stations. From Glasgow, you have to first take a train from Queen Street Station to Edinburgh Haymarket.

You can also take a bus from Edinburgh airport to Fife where you can connect with the train (at Inverkething station – direct trains to Leuchars and then bus or taxi from there to St Andrews) or another bus (at Ferrytoll park and ride – you want the X60 to St Andrews, and you can buy a ticket for the whole journey from the airport to St Andrews on the first bus).


Leuchars Station is 5 miles from St. Andrews. It is on the east coast main line with inter-city connections throughout Britain and a night sleeper service from London Euston. Transport from the station to St. Andrews is by local bus or taxi. Tickets for travel within Scotland, or on the overnight train from London, can be booked on line with Scotrail. For other timetable and booking information, please check the National Rail web site. National Rail web site (click on “Planning your journey” for the online timetables).


Stagecoach also run services linking Edinburgh, Dundee, Leuchars and St Andrews – online timetables are available from Stagecoach or Travel line Scotland.     There is also a bus from Edinburgh Airport to Fife – see Air, above.



From Edinburgh, join the M9 motorway and follow the signs to the Forth Road Bridge. Leave the M9 at Junction 1 on to the A8000; this road joins on to the A90, which becomes the M90 after crossing the bridge. Exit the M90 at Junction 2a, joining the A92. Follow signs first to Glenrothes, then Cupar. From Cupar, take the A91 to St. Andrews.

From Glasgow, drive east on the M8 until it joins the M9, and then follow the directions given above. If arriving from Dundee cross the Tay Road Bridge on the A92. After 1 mile take the A919 in the direction of Leuchars, then the A91 to St Andrews.

Looking for more travel information? Check out Visit Fife.