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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

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Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle & Dunfermline Abbey Tour

1. Rosslyn Chapel, Stirling Castle & Dunfermline Abbey Tour

On this guided tour of Scotland's most famous medieval landmarks, learn about the many heroes that battled in this ancient kingdom. The first stop on your tour will be the town of Dunfermline. Walk down the beautiful nave of Dunfermline Abbey*, the final resting place of Robert the Bruce, who battled for Scotland's right to be a nation. Next, travel to Stirlingshire, where you will stop in the beautiful city of Stirling, site of the monument of Scottish hero William Wallace (whose life was dramatized in the film Braveheart). You'll have ample time to stroll through the beautiful and ancient streets that surround it. You will also have a chance to explore the city's stunning castle. From Stirling, head to Bannockburn, the battlefield where Robert the Bruce routed the English in 1314. Lastly, decode the mystery of Rosslyn Chapel, which was made famous in Dan Brown's novel the Da Vinci Code. Is this the resting place of the Holy Grail? No one really knows, but you'll love the chapel and the beautiful walk you can take through Roslin Glen and the ruins of Rosslyn Castle.

St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

2. St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

Take a full-day trip from Edinburgh and discover the natural beauty of the Fife coast, taking in quaint fishing villages, abbey’s, and the famous university town of St. Andrews, led by an expert guide. From Edinburgh head to South Queensferry and take a look at 2 of the most remarkable bridges in the world–the Forth Rail Bridge built in 1890, and it’s much younger neighbor, the Forth Road bridge. Cross the River Forth and stop-off at the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of King Robert the Bruce. See the gold ornate tomb, and learn about the effect of the reformation on the Abbey, when under Henry VIII’s rule churches were destroyed, supposedly in the name of God. Travel along the Fife coast passing Carnegie Hall, the birthplace of world-famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Stop-off at charming little fishing villages, including Anstruther, an old Herring stronghold. Try the best fish and chips in Scotland, or have a snack at the Fisheries Museum. Continue on to St. Andrews, home of golf, religion, and the famous university. Here you will spend 2.5 hours. Explore the beautiful settings, in good weather the beach featuring in the movie Chariots of Fire is particularly popular, as are the 16th Century tunnels under the castle. Golf lovers may want to pay respects at the grave of Tom Morris, visit the Golf Museum, try out the Links Course Putting Green, or simply walk along Granny Clark’s Wynd–a public right-of-way running over the old course.

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What people are saying about Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Wonderful from start to finish all thanks to our kind, helpful, knowledgeable and funny guide Graham. Or Grayline Graham as he said he used to be known as when he was a regular driver for Grayline tours. We really enjoyed the visit to Dunfermline, Anstruther and, of course, St.Andrews. Graham was great to advise on things to do, places to visit, nice places to eat & how to access St. Andrews golf course. I would highly recommend.

A perfect day in Scotland! Everything was splendid and you have time to enjoy except at Sterling you shouldn't hang around because it's very big but really magnificent! The guide was friendly I recommend without hesitation

It’s a great tour.Love everything related to Robert the Bruce.There’s also some incredible views from Stirling Castle. Steven B. Our guide was great, very friendly and professional with a great sense of humour.

Great tour saw lots of Fife villages with a stop for lunch. Went to St Andrew’s and had lots of time to explore. Especially the Golf course. Nice to leave the driving to someone else.

Our guide Brian was excellent, informative and funny. We enjoyed the info and stops along the way and spent 2+ hours at St. Andrews.