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St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Travel from Edinburgh to St. Andrews and Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. Cross the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife and pass by the coastal villages of East Neuk. Then pay homage to the town of St. Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the Old Course where golf is routinely played. Driving in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, see Falkland and the Lomond Hills. Enjoy a small-group tour, limited to 16 people, for a memorable and personalized experience.
  • Full-day small group tour to St. Andrews and Fife by mini-coach
  • Cross the Forth Road Bridge
  • Fishing villages of East Neuk
  • Plenty of time in St Andrews, home of golf and Scotland's oldest university
  • Falkland Palace
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people for a more personalized experience
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
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Professional driver/guide
Transport by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach
Small Group (max 16 people) for a more personal experience
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Admission fees

Departure Point

6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This small-group day trip to St. Andrews starts in central Edinburgh, where you’re picked up in the personalized comfort of a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach. Your guide narrates and makes plenty of stops, allowing for more intimate knowledge at each Scotland destination.

Traversing the Forth Road Bridge over the Firth of Forth, you’re treated to views of the Forth Rail Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter the peninsular Kingdom of Fife, surrounded by the Firth of Tay and the North Sea, and listen to anecdotes about the photogenic coastal villages of East Neuk. 

Make a stop in the harbor-side town of Anstruther before descending upon St. Andrews, a medieval town and 1,000-year-old capital of the Scottish Church. You have free time to stroll around the University of St. Andrews—attended by Prince William and the country’s oldest university—and see where golf is played at the Old Course. 

Use your complimentary discount card her at local restaurants, shopping, and attractions.

On the return drive to Edinburgh, head to Falkland, a village dominated by the imposing Falkland Palace once belonging to Scotland’s royal family. Cross the Lomond Hills and see where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned at Loch Leven.

Winner of the Inaugural Scottish Thistle Award for Sustainable Tourism, October 2007.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Forth Bridge
You travel over the Queensferry Crossing, and get a great view of one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks, the Forth Rail Bridge.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Anstruther Harbour
Stop in the traditional fishing village of Anstruther (known as 'Ainster' locally), where you can check out the old cobbled streets and take a walk along the seafront to the harbour.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St Andrews Links
Free time in St. Andrews to visit the sites that interest you most. St. Andrews Cathedral - This ruined cathedral was once one of Scotland’s most magnificent buildings. St Andrews Old Town - Immerse yourself in 1,000 years of history as you explore the winding streets and ancient castle. The Old Course - Golf was so popular in Scotland, it was banned in the 15th century. And nowhere was it more popular than in St Andrews, ‘the Home of Golf’.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Falkland Palace & Garden
After St Andrews, we take a pleasant drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife to Falkland. Falkland Palace dominates this old village, and was one of the main residences of the old Royal family of Scotland, the Stewarts (Stuarts). Aside from the palace the village is simply one of the most beautiful in Scotland with an array of old cottages and narrow winding streets. Passengers here have free time to wander around the village of Falkland or visit the palace. ** Please note the palace is closed over winter season (Nov - Feb)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only.
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • For your optional St. Andrews Castle and St. Andrews Cathedral tickets, please book in advance, using the link printed on your voucher.
  • Falkland Palace - due to Covid19 restrictions, Falkland Palace is currently closed, but you will be able to take photos and explore the town.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to safety inspection and possible maintenance work, St Andrews Cathedral is closed until further notice.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Don’t miss out on lunch at Cromars while you are there!" See review
  • "One thing to note is on Sundays the Old Course is closed for golf, but open to stroll along." See review

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star-5
Fun & informative trip....
Sheryl_N
, Sep 2021
Fun & informative trip. Loved all stops, esp. St. Andrews. Driver was dressed in great Scottish attire, had a pleasant personality & kept us all awake & alive..
star-5
Very Good Tour
GillianJohn
, Sep 2021
Very good tour. Although I thought it might have been better if there were more stops on the way to St Andrew's. Driver Andrew Drummond (?) Was professional and full of information.
star-5
Robbie was GREAT!
Marlin_K
, Sep 2021
Robbie was a great tour guide! Enjoyed him telling the history of Scotland We enjoyed all the stops.
star-4
Beautiful country
Patricia_F
, Sep 2021
It wasn’t exactly what we were expecting. But very pretty. The castle was closed which was a shame. Great tour guide!
star-5
Beautiful with informative guide
Erin_R
, Sep 2021
Excellent! I really enjoyed this tour. The guide was wonderful and answered all questions and when she didn't know something, she found out. She was engaging and informative. The coastal towns were beautiful and recommendations in St. Andrews was wonderful. The free time in St. Andrews was great as was the ability to go to Falkland Castle. Very enjoyable. I would highly recommend.
star-5
Fun and fabulously interesting day tour.
Barbara_Taylor
, Sep 2021
Guide Ashley was absolutely delightful, knowledgeable and articulate. History can sometimes be a bore but not with this lady. Highly recommend.
star-5
Very great day out of...
Marion_A
, Aug 2021
Very great day out of town, Nick was very nice to our group. We had great explanations about everything, he was available. Plenty of time to explore Saint Andrews, and some very lovely fishing village Would highly recommend it
star-5
St Andrews
Lms
, Jul 2021
Jim D was a great guide and friendly demeanour ans wealth of knowledge. The day was perfect, starting with great weather, comfy air conditioned mini bus, great views of small fishing villages and St Andrews with all its historical buildings, including the University csmlus and the golf course.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommended
Vilija
, Jul 2021
Trip was excellent! Every stop was very good, enjoyed a lot. The day went fast and learned a lot . Highly recommend.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
An enjoyable day out.
RayAnslow
, Jun 2021
The driver, the weather, the coach. The latter being nice to ride in, but see later. Derek is part-time but although missing his map did a good job of seeing us through the day. It was good going over both Forth road bridges and then parf]king in Queensferry on the way back so people could get a photo of the rail bridge. Anstruther was a bit tight on time especially getting a coffee etc in 30 minutes. Anstruther is not the speediest place. St Andrews was made interesting by having a drive through, but we spent most of our time in The TailEnd, and sat on bench opposite the tourist information in hot sunshine. Falkland is a pleasant little village but 45 minutes is not enough to see the Palace etc. The main downside of the day was the unreliability of the coach which would frequently go into a low gear and stay there until we stopped, the engine turned off, and then started up again. Fortunately it did not misbehave in a dangerous situation e.g. on a Motorway.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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