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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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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
Rabbie's Cafe Bar , 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
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 Free
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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 policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.

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  • "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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Scotland Highlight
Marilyn_P
, Aug 2022
St. Andrews will be a wonderful memory, made even more so by our extremely informative driver, Sinclair!!
star-5
Best day excursion of our trip! Best day excursion of our trip!
Charlotte_E
, Aug 2022
Mac (McKenzie), was an outstanding tour guide, he had an abundance of knowledge about every village we passed through and we both learned so much about Scotland. The small group coach made the trip very enjoyable with comfortable seats and air conditioning. The first stop at the fishing village was a good photo opportunity and the water was very clear! In St Andrew’s it was nice to see where Prince William and Kate met, grab lunch at a local cafe and check out the site of St. Andrew’s Golf Course (the oldest in the world!) On the way back we stopped in Mac’s home village, Faulkland, where we could explore a castle or walk around the village. Overall, a great experience and would definitely recommend, thanks Mac!
star-5
A great tour for anyone!
Catherine_M
, Aug 2022
Being in Edinburgh with my dad, a golfer, this tour is a must. Nick was a great tour guide, making the drive more interesting as he shared interesting facts about the places we visited. We do get to visit other areas besides St. Andrews, like a quick stop at the firth of forth bridge, annstruther. Of course, the longest stay is at St. Andrews where we spent 3 hours walking around, mostly near the old course. There is a putting green that you can play for 3 pounds, but book in advance if you can as we couldn't get on. The golf museum is also quite interesting. The cathedral was closed which is why we spent most of our time near the golf courses. You can watch those golfing tee off, and get to the 18th hold to get a picture on the bridge. We ended the day in Falkland which was a cute town with a Scottish palace in the middle of it all. A cool sight to see. Overall, it was a great tour!
star-5
Highly recommend William and this tour
CHRISTINE_S
, Aug 2022
William was very knowledgeable of his country. Wonderful sense of humor and a gentlemen with patience . Will recommend him again
star-5
Bruce is the man!
Richard_C
, Aug 2022
Just a nice, slow paced tour. Bruce was knowledgeable, didnt talk too much, and had a great sense of humor.
star-4
St Andrews worth the trip
Janet_E
, Aug 2022
The driver / guide Eric was awesome - full of interesting stories and a couple of songs! We spent much of our time in St Andrews seeing the old course and the golf museum, but enjoyed the sea as well.
star-5
St. Andrews & Fife villages
Maureen_P
, Aug 2022
St Andrew’s was beautiful and very interesting to explore the ruins of the cathedral and the palace; walk around the St Andrew’s University campus; and see the golf home of golf @ the Old Course. Eric, our guide and driver was outstanding including his narratives, stories and songs!
star-5
Great day trip!
Kris_M
, Aug 2022
Gav was a great tour guide. The bus was comfortable snd I liked the small group. Would recommend this company.
star-5
The perfect experience
Kimberly_D
, Aug 2022
We absolutely loved this tour. Jodi our guide was phenomenal! Great history knowledge, beautiful story telling and her presence made the whole experience awesome! The whole trip was an experience you must take, especially those who love golf!
star-4
St. Andrews - more than golf
Pat_T
, Aug 2022
Wandering around the old cathedral and learning more about its history. Too bad so much of it is blocked off because of falling stones.
star-5
Great day trip
Jim_H
, Aug 2022
If Jim Divine is not the best driver and storyteller in all of Scotland, I want to meet who is. What a great way to spend the day getting out of Edinburgh. See Fife, for sure. Photos are of St. Andrews, Anstruther and Falkland Palace. Stop in for coffee and cake at Campbell’s in Falkland.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
Nicole_M
, Aug 2022
Great sights, interesting tour, nice guide. Great tour to see st. andrews and surrounding area, but do the highlands first.
star-5
Jeff A, the guide was amazing!! Knew all the details, the way he told us the story,
MariaInes_M
, Aug 2022
The history of Scotland, the landscape, the Falkland Castle and the monument that we saw at Outlander. Feel like a scot for a day!! Love it.Thanks so much
star-5
Trip to St. Andrews
J_A
, Aug 2022
It was wonderful to see the townn the University and the old course. Several interesting stops on the way up and back.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
day trip
Joan_M
, Aug 2022
Enjoyed my time at St Andrews golf course. Bonus to be there on a Sunday when the old course is closed and u can walk it. A bit stressful having two pickups but all worked out well. Wealth of history and information about country shared with us. Quick stops for pics are always appreciated.
star-5
Very Nice experience
Tom_B
, Aug 2022
Eric is well informed and a great story teller. Stopped at Nice places and enough time to walk around.Got well informed.
star-5
Derek was an excellent...
Eileen_D
, Jul 2022
Derek was an excellent tour guide. I’m waiting to hear back from Viator that I wasn’t double booked in error. I emailed yesterday. We had an excellent experience.
star-5
Day out of Edinburgh
Karen_M
, Jul 2022
Loved all the parts of the trip! Kelly was a great guide and a safe driver. Delightful trip! Highly recommend.
star-4
Only had 2 hours in st....
Michelle_A
, Jul 2022
Only had 2 hours in st. Andrews. A little disappointed. Al was great. Should be an historian with all the knowledge he knew.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Jodi was excellent!
Laura_N
, Jul 2022
Jodi was an excellent tour guide. She had extensive knowledge of history, which was as informative as it was entertaining. I truly wish I had the chance to read her dissertation on Mary, Queen of Scots! But really, reach out to me if she would be willing to share the reference! :-) I cannot give enough stars for this tour and Jodi in particular!

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