Welcome to St Andrews in Focus

St Andrews in Focus is your local community magazine. Whether you live here, are visiting, or have cherished memories of your time here, St Andrews in Focus highlights all that is great about our beautiful town.

Launched in 2003, the magazine celebrated its 100th edition in May 2020. It continues to provide a unique insight into the immensely rich and varied life and times of the town. Each issue of St Andrews in Focus has features on the town’s people, favourite shops and eating places, articles on its maritime tradition, its theatre and cinema, its internationally-recognised University and, of course, its world-famous Golf.

The current issue of the magazine can be viewed electronically by clicking on ‘Latest Issue’ in the navigation bar. All back issues can be found by clicking on the ‘Back Issues’ button or by visiting the Cover Gallery. A decision was made to keep publishing the magazine despite the pandemic, so issues 101 and 102 were produced in digital format only and can be viewed in the Back Issues section. Generous donations from all quarters enabled the magazine to return to print with Issue 103.

Our Mission

Started with the published wish to strengthen the sense of community, increase town/gown co-operation, and promote business through information and advertising, the magazine has become an appreciated part of town life. Newcomers to the town in particular have been grateful to the magazine for helping them feel at home.

Published six times a year, the magazine has well-written articles, illustrated with high quality photographs, drawings and occasional cartoons. St Andrews in Focus records how the town evolves. It welcomes new businesses, celebrates their successes, offers them advertising to help them grow, while making them known far and wide.

St Andrews in Focus is certainly not inward looking. Whilst some seven thousand copies are distributed free within the town itself, including to many of the hotels, it has subscribers in every part of Britain, from the Scottish Islands to the Scilly Isles, and all around the world. Before the pandemic it was available for free in the Media Walls at Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports, as well as at the new V&A in Dundee. Readership is estimated to be in excess of 25,000.

In 2005, some eighteen months after its launch, St Andrews in Focus was delighted to be Highly Commended by the prestigious PPA (Professional Publishers Association, Scotland) in the category ‘Best Small Publishing Company’. In 2009 the Rotary Club of St Andrews awarded the editor its highest Award for Service to the Community.

In November 2019, the PPA Scotland shortlisted the magazine for the Community Magazine of the Year awards, while on 25 January 2020, the prestigious St Andrews Burns Club presented the Editor with its highest Award for Citizenship.

Would you like to gift someone a year’s subscription of 6 issues? It is still only £15 (through PayPal, account: editor@standrewsinfocus.com)?

The latest issue and back issues can be read by clicking on the menu bar above. Enjoy the entire colourful collection of covers by clicking on the Cover Gallery.