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Falkland Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

1. From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

Enjoy a full-day van excursion into the Kingdom of Fife from Edinburgh. Discover the home of golf in St. Andrews, walk thorugh the cobbled streets of Anstruther, and learn about Scottish royal history in the charming village of Falkland. Depart in the morning from Edinburgh, heading north via the Forth Road Bridge. Enjoy sweeping view across the Forth Rail Bridge, one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks, at 1.5 miles in length. Cross the bridge into the Kingdom of Fife. Its easternmost stretch of coastline is home to a string of picturesque villages, each having a distinctive character and charm. Stop in the traditional fishing village of Anstruther Stroll down old cobbled streets and the network of alleyways and wynds. Enjoy a walk along the seafront to the harbor. From Anstruther travel north to the medieval town of St. Andrews, where you’ll see its huge Norman cathedral, known to be the largest in Scotland. View the oldest University in Scotland which dates back 6 centuries. Have plenty of time to explore this ancient and interesting town. Drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife which is dotted with small villages and farms until you reach Falkland. Admire views of Falkland Palace which dominates this old village, and was one of the main residences of the Stewarts, an important royal family in Scottish history. See an array of old cottages as you make your way through narrow winding streets. Take some time to wander around the village or stop at one of its traditional pubs or tearooms before hopping back on the bus for the drive back to Edinburgh.

St Andrews and Falkland Palace Tour from Edinburgh

2. St Andrews and Falkland Palace Tour from Edinburgh

Head north to Fife on a full day of exploring, departing from Edinburgh. You will get a sample of life in the area and come to understand the culture and history of the region. Your trip begins as you cross the Firth of Forth, passing the famous Forth Railway Bridge, before your first stop, St. Andrews. The town boasts a stunning beach, great cafes and shops, a beautiful university, and an ancient cathedral. Additionally, it is known as the spiritual home of golf. Next, continue west to Falkland, a beautiful village frozen in time. You can browse the craft shops or visit Falkland Palace, which has the oldest tennis courts in use anywhere in the world. Then make your way to a forgotten corner of Fife, East Neuk. Here you will pass through historic fishing villages and take in the stunning coastal scenery. At the end of your exploring, make a final stop in Anstruther and enjoy a fish supper feast, a meal fit for a Scot!

From Edinburgh: Mary Queen of Scots Day Tour in Luxury MPV

3. From Edinburgh: Mary Queen of Scots Day Tour in Luxury MPV

For our history lovers and Mary Queen of Scots enthusiasts, embark on a private tour around Mary Stewart’s favourite palaces, homes and views. Walk where Mary walked and discover the lesser-known, quirky and obscure facts from your very own kilted guide. From Linlithgow Palace to Castle, follow our most famous monarch through her remarkable, yet tragic, life as you explore the beauty of Scotland in a luxury vehicle with door-to-door service.

From Edinburgh: Lindores Abbey Distillery & Falkland Palace

4. From Edinburgh: Lindores Abbey Distillery & Falkland Palace

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Scotland, immersing yourself in the birthplace of Whisky and marvelling at stunning sights along the way. This tour offers a leisurely pace, allowing you to savour every moment. Begin your adventure at Lindores Distillery, a relatively new establishment situated on the historic site where whisky was first documented. Delve into the rich heritage and production process of this beloved spirit. Next, venture to the tranquil village of Falkland, where time seems to stand still. Explore its charming streets, adorned with traditional architecture and quaint shops. Finally, prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking shores of Loch Leven. Its tranquil waters, surrounded by majestic mountains, create a picturesque setting that will leave you in awe. Soak in the beauty of Scotland as you uncover the origins of Whisky and experience its enchanting landscapes.

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What people are saying about Falkland Palace

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 365 reviews

The day was perfect from start to finish! Penny, was amazing, knowledgeable, fun and made the whole experience exciting and enjoyable.

We had a great tour with Mike. We was informative and so kind. We had plenty of time to see St. Andrews and walk around the town.

St Andrews is a quaint cute little town. Our guide Declan was fun and informative. The ride was smooth and comfortable.

Bruce M was an engaging, entertaining and educational guide. Our group loved the excursion.

Informative, engaging, and our guide, Carrie, was the best!