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From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

1. From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

Travel through the historic country of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh aboard an airconditioned bus. Dive into sights that you see along the way with live commentary. Stop in the charming towns of Anstruther, St. Andrews, and South Queensferry. Leave Edinburgh and admire views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge as you cross the Firth of Forth, and enter into the ancient “Kingdom of Fife.” Pass through Aberdour before continuing into the East Neuk of Fife.  Take in the views as you pass thorugh the picturesque villages of St. Monans and Pittenween, which were once thriving fishing. Reach the town of Anstruther, the home of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, where the bus will make a stop.  Leaving Anstruther, journey through Crail and then arrive in the beautiful medieval town of St. Andrews in time for lunch. Have free time to walk around the town which is famous as the home of golf and has the best-known golf course in the world. Spend your three-hours of free time purchasing lunch, walking down cobbled streets, seeing the ruins of the cathedral and castle, or visiting Scotland’s oldest university, where Prince William met Kate Middleton. Heading homewards, travel across the Lomond hills, descending to Loch Leven (where Mary Queen of Scot was imprisoned). Make a brief stop to admire magnificent views of the Forth Bridges in South Queensferry before returning to Edinburgh.

St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

2. St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

After meeting your guide outside the Russell Hotel you will hear about the Martyrs Monument, the alleged former site of the 1st tee. Situated by the British Golf Museum this is the site of a former quarry where you will hear about what lies beneath, including its significance when golf was banned in the 1400s. You'll then head across to the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famed Old Course, where you will hear about some of the quarks of the game which have shaped its remarkable history. You'll then pass along the route of an old "19th hole" which was once frequented by Bing Crosby and was also renamed "1 Nike Place" for a week during the 2015 Open Championships. Following that, visit the Dunvegan Hotel where you can admire its many golfing photos. You will then see the former birthplace of Old Tom Morris before heading into the quadrangle of St. Salvator’s College to learn about Scotland's oldest university alongside a darker side of St. Andrews' past. Along with a few other points of interest along the way, the cathedral grounds are the next landmark on the tour. Resting there are some 124 golfing greats, including some of the Tom Morris family and Allan Robertson. Walking then along the beautiful coastline, you'll overlook St. Andrews Bay as you travel to the former Archbishops Palace where the darker history of the town continues. It is there that your guide will succinctly put golf and the history of St. Andrews into perspective. From there you'll travel further along university buildings, the Principals House, and the residence where Prince William and Kate spent their first year as students. The tour then finishes back at the Russell Hotel where you can relax and ponder the many heady days of St. Andrews.

St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

3. St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

Discover the best of St Andrews on this walking tour and immerse yourself in the city's unique history and beauty in the company of Richard Falconer, a professional author/historian and guide. Richard has been researching the town's history for over 40 years and will take you on a journey that includes its lost and forgotten history spanning over 2000 years. You will learn how it has been a spiritual centre since 500 BC and its royal connections through the Pictish Kings, Robert the Bruce, Mary of Guise, James V, Mary Queen of Scots and Prince William. Discover off-the-beaten-track locations and gems such as the former Scottish seat of the Knights Templar and the St Andrews Meridian Line. Hear about why its first observatory was demolished and about a near-forgotten 16th-century university dwelling. Learn also about the lost treasure of St Andrews Cathedral and why it may still be here, as Richard discloses the latest developments in his research and much more besides on this fascinating insightful introduction to St Andrews - and all in an hour and a half!

St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

4. St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

The first stop of your tour is just outside of Edinburgh at the South Queensferry. Here you will see the beautiful and spectacular works of industrial engineering, the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Forth Bridge. Then you will head to your next stop of the tour.  Your second stop of the tour is St. Andrews. This seaside town is known for being the home of golf, but that is not all. See the historic coastline and visit the beach where the mythical scene of Chariots of Fire was filmed. When you arrive your guide will take you on a walking tour of St. Andrews where you will learn about the history and tales of the town. You will then have free time to explore St. Andrews on your own. After exploring St. Andrews continues on to Dunnottar Castle. This castle is situated on a cliff facing the North Sea and is considered by many to be the most beautiful castle in Scotland. Then start heading back towards Edinburgh, stopping at the small village of Falkland along the way. This village is famous for its beauty and for being the perfect setting to represent Inverness in the Outlander series.

St Andrews: City Highlights Walking Tour with Cocktail

5. St Andrews: City Highlights Walking Tour with Cocktail

Enjoy a wee walk followed by a premium cocktail in the luxurious setting of 18 rooftop bar and restaurant at Rusacks St Andrews overlooking the Old Course. The perfect 2 hours spent; discovering St Andrews on foot and then a drink with your local guide. You'll spend the first part of the tour on a walking tour with your small group and guide, discovering the history and culture of St Andrews. Throughout the tour, discover St Andrews as you walk in the footsteps of golfing legends, royals, heretics who were burned at the stake, famous cats, and those who live in St Andrews today. Your local guide will bring St Andrews to life. After the walking tour, relax with the guide and enjoy a bespoke or classic cocktail from 18 bar's signature cocktail menu, overlooking the Old Course and West Sand's Beach learning about Scotland's drink culture.

St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

6. St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

Following author and historical expert Richard Falconer, learn the history of St. Andrews while exploring the major historic quarters of the city. Visit St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews Castle, Scotland's oldest university, and the Old Course. Set with the backdrop of Fife’s rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, thundering seas, long golden sands, and medieval buildings, discover an incredible wealth of treasures in St. Andrews with your expert guide. As you explore, discover the history and stories of the city. Visit St. Andrews Links, known as The Home of Golf, and learn about Old Course, the most prestigious golf course in the world. Hear about royalty through the ages from Pictish kings to Mary, Queen of Scots, to Prince William and Kate. Then, learn about the Scottish inventor of the kaleidoscope that lost out on millions here. Whatever your interests, this is a great way for anyone looking to explore and find out more about this unique part of the world.

St Andrews and Falkland Palace Tour from Edinburgh

7. 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!

Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

8. Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

FIRST DAY - Departing from our meeting point, the first stop will be at the William Wallace Monument from where his famous battle will be explained without leaving any detail out. - After this, a break for coffee while admiring the beauty of the Falls of Dochart. - On the way to Fort William for lunch, enjoy the amazing Rannoch Moor and the most famous valley in Scotland: GlenCoe. - Next stop, Fort Augustus. Take a picture of sign of the most famous lake in the world and discover the Caledonian Canal. - On to Urquhart Castle, known as the humble abode of Nessie. - Inverness will be the last stop of the day. SECOND DAY - After a good night of rest and an energetic Scottish breakfast, the next stop will be Blair Athol distillery: the guide will explain everything about whisky. - Following the distillery, the next bit will be an encounter with the Scottish nature: a small walk along River Braan in The Hermitage Forest to finally discover some falls. - Lunch today will be in Dunkeld, a historic town which was the capital of Scotland in IX century. - After this, the next stop will be St Andrews, the most famous town in Scotland for its history, culture and golf. - Before arriving in Edinburgh, a short stopped will be made to admire the Forth Bridge, built in 1890.

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Richard was our guide and very knowledgeable about the history of St Andrews. We were a small group of four plus Richard and he was very patient as we got side tracked looking at all the amazing historical sites along our tour. I would highly recommend his tour as a must do while here. His knowledge and experience as a caddy at St Andrews gave us insite to a broader sense of the game we love and its connection to the Burgh of St Andrews University and the town.

Richard was extremely enlightening and insightful. We could have stayed on the tour for another few hours. His combination of knowledge and humor was most helpful in presenting a boatload of information. We would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting St. Andrews.

The walking tour was amazing. My guide was incredibly well informed about the history of everything related to St. Andrews - golf, the university, and the city. It couldn't have been better! I enjoyed every moment of it.

Richard is very knowledgeable and gave us some great tips for places to go after the tour. We highly recommend!

It was a fabulous tour with Richard. He is so knowledgeable and well spoken