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St. Andrews Castle on the east coast of Scotland dates back to the 1100s and was home to the Archbishops of St. Andrews. It was once the main administrative center of the Scottish church. The castle was badly damaged during the Wars of Independence and little of the original castle remains today. The new castle was finished around 1400 and was built to be easily defended. Steep cliffs to the north and east protected the castle, and the building included thick curtain walls and ditches. Five square towers served as living space for the bishop, his large household, and guests.

Later St. Andrews Castle served as a prison. Visitors can see the bottle dungeon where John Knox and George Wishart may have been imprisoned. Cardinal Beaton's body was also kept here after his murder. The mine gives visitors a sense of what medieval siege warfare was like. The castle also offers impressive views of the sea over the rugged rocky coast.

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St Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife from Edinburgh
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St Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife from Edinburgh

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Explore St. Andrews and the Villages of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. Admire fine views over the Forth Rail Bridge from South Queensferry en route into the Kingdom of Fife. Discover pretty coastal villages, then visit Anstruther with a guide. Perhaps visit St. Andrews’ castle and cathedral ruins, stroll along the harbor, or soak up the sunshine at your leisure. Afterward, travel through the Lomond Hills and past Loch Leven on route back to Edinburgh.
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  • 8 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.54
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St Andrews Ghost Tours

St Andrews Ghost Tours

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This tour is scheduled at 4pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm & 9pm, 7 days a week throughout the year (check booking calendar for any exclusions). Discover a wealth of lost history and paranormal sightings on this award-winning guided walking tour of the historic medieval Scottish town of St Andrews. This is one of the top ghost tours in the world and one of only 4 walking tours in Scotland with 5 Stars through the Scottish Tourist Board..... Importantly, this is the only ghost tour in the world where there are no myths, legends, stories, tales or 'jumper ooters'! For this is the real stuff, where you will learn about the remarkable history of St Andrews as a backdrop to the reality of the paranormal through countless people's experiences. Including first-hand accounts with your guide; author, historian, and paranormal authority Richard Falconer.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.85

St Andrews Town: Walking Tour

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St Andrews Town: Walking Tour

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Learn more about St. Andrews than is possible wandering around alone by booking this guided walking tour. In a small group, your guide will bring the town to life as you take a leisurely stroll to such attractions as St Andrews' Cathedral, St Andrews' Castle, the Old Course, the University of St. Andrews and hidden gems that most visitors miss.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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St Andrews, Falkland and Fife Villages Tour from Edinburgh

St Andrews, Falkland and Fife Villages Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the best of Scottish culture on this 1-day St Andrews, Falkland and Kingsbarns Whisky Distillery tour from Edinburgh. Cross the UNESCO–listed Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife as a guide explains Scotland’s rich history. Stop in the peaceful fishing villages of Crail and Anstruther, then visit the Kingsbarns Whisky Distillery. Take an optional distillery tour and finish with a tasting, or enjoy a walk through Cambo Gardens. Explore St Andrews’ beaches and attractions at your leisure, then return to Edinburgh via the Falkland Palace and Gardens.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.58
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St Andrews History Tours

St Andrews History Tours

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This tour is scheduled at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm, 7 days a week (check booking calendar for any exclusions). Your guide Richard Falconer is an author and historian of St Andrews and conducts all the history tours himself. Having researched St Andrews for a period spanning six decades you will find a lot of previously lost or forgotten history about the town. Including how the town and University were looking for the lost treasure of the Cathedral for 50 years until 1929, and what Richard has uncovered through his researches over the last 40+ years. The tour incorporates all the historic quarters of the town apart from the golf course which is for another tour! You will see two locations where Mary Queen of Scots stayed for her holidays to St Andrews. Explore the historic ancient City and learn about the spiritual and sometimes barbarous elements. St Andrews is unique on many fronts, with many a noted golfer, Hollywood stars and royalty spending time here.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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St Andrews Golf Oriented History Tours

St Andrews Golf Oriented History Tours

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Famed across the globe as the Home of Golf, St. Andrews has more than just links to offer. Discover its history and lesser-known aspects of the beautiful game when you join these golf-oriented heritage tours, led by local author and historian Richard Falconer. Visit the Links, the Golf Inn, and the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral, last resting place of over 100 noted golfers; discover the castle’s gory history and Scotland’s oldest university too.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour

2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour

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Swap the city streets for the watery expanse of Loch Ness on a 2-day tour that saves you hours of advance planning. Letting someone else drive allows you to devote your full attention to the Scottish Highlands and saves you the stress of navigating unfamiliar roads, while a cap of 16 travelers ensures an intimate atmosphere.
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  • 2 days
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Kingdom of Fife & St Andrews Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

Kingdom of Fife & St Andrews Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Explore the highlights of the Kingdom of Fife without the hassle of driving or waiting for buses and trains. This private tour is exclusively for your party and can be tailored to your own interests, whether that's seeing the famed Old Course in St. Andrews, exploring the fishing villages of the East Neuk, or sampling whisky and gin in Kingsbarns.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.92
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Private St Andrews and Kingdom of Fife Luxury Day Trip

Private St Andrews and Kingdom of Fife Luxury Day Trip

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Explore the Scottish countryside your way on a private sightseeing tour that takes into account your personal preferences by being customisable. Rather than having to navigate unfamiliar roads yourself, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and benefit from the undivided attention of your guide.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$296.15
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St Andrews Tours

St Andrews Tours

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We set up our private tour with experience in exploring Scotland.St Andrews is also known worldwide as the "home of golf".The St Andrews Aquarium is located on the cliff foot of the Scores overlooking West Sands. As well as over 100 fish species on display there. Anstruther is home to the Scottish Fisheries Museum. We provide a first class service on every journey with full of excitement & memorable adventure,also you can make your own tour location and flexible time all over the day. Tour will be our traditional black taxi within full Air-Conditioned & heating vehicle,free Wi-Fi on broad & complementary water bottle. Vehicle are fully insured and have full public liability insurance. Our driver are officially recognised by the City of Edinburgh Council. All tours are priced per vehicle which can hold up to 6 passengers. We assured fully safe & secure every tour with bespoke tour, also provide any pick up or drop off in Edinburgh based location,including Air-port transport.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Saint Andrews University Town & Golf Day Tour.

Saint Andrews University Town & Golf Day Tour.

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University Town & Golfing Mecca. Private tour from Glasgow. En-route marvel at the UNESCO listed Forth railway bridge opened in 1890. Photo stop at Falkland Palace and rest for tea/coffee. Onto Saint Andrews town, located on the east coast of Fife and has a nice West sands beach and surf, for pleasant walk. The town is of course World famous, (pardon the pun) for golfers, better known as ‘The Home of Golf’. A must see place on the bucket list for all golfers to visit the ‘Old Course’ and take photos. Also explore the medieval ruins of a castle and a RC Cathedral which was the largest church built in Scotland and once held holy relics. Also is a charming & romantic University town easy to walk around and lots to offer all visitors, not just for golf fans.Including delicious fudge doughnuts here.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$363.83
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St Andrews Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

St Andrews Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

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Ticking off Fife’s dispersed attractions can be difficult on limited time. Cruise between sights in St Andrews and beyond on a private day tour, with round-trip transfer from a location of your choice by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz. Discover highlights including the Holy Trinity Church, the Old Course at St Andrews, and Kingsbarns Distillery, and absorb coastal views along the East Neuk of Fife.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Forth Bridges - An incredible art of engineering featuring a gorgeous setting whilst also being a UNESCO World Heritage site. Anstruther – A quaint traditional fishing village with charming cobbled streets. 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. St Andrews Castle - was a bishop’s palace, a fortress and a state prison during its 450-year history. The Old Course - Situated in St. Andrews it was known as ‘The Home of Golf’ as it was incredibly popular in this town. Golf became so popular that it became banned in 15th century. Historic Village of Falkland - This quaint town in the Kingdom of Fife boasts a beautiful palace and a serene setting. • Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Kids friendly (0+ age) • Small group tour with a maximum of 6 passengers • Tour can be customised
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot Tour

The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot Tour

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The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot Tour is a first of its kind professional photo shoot for all visitors to St Andrews and locals. You might be an individual, couple or family wishing to have your St Andrews experience documented, and have a professional photographer capture unique moments in this historic town. I can offer a shorter version of the tour if you cannot spare the 2 hours for the full tour, but the price will remain the same, so to get the best value out of the tour I highly recommend you sign up for the full tour.
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  • 2 hours
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St Andrews Sightseeing Tours

St Andrews Sightseeing Tours

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Award-winning sightseeing walking tours of St Andrews with noted guide, author and historical researcher Richard Falconer. St Andrews is one of the most unique and surprising locations in the world. It is no secret that St Andrews is a sought-after destination, being the Home of Golf and incorporating Scotland's first University, but there has been a vibrancy here for well over 1000 years. It culminated in the rise and fall of the Cathedral precincts, symbolic of the greatest seat of Catholic power outside Rome itself in Europe for over 400 years - and the treasures they housed may still be here! You will hear about the formation of St Andrews, the golf, the university and Royalty through the ages from Pictish Kings to Mary Queen of Scots and Prince William. It is fair to say St Andrews has it all, and you will find out all about it on this informative and thought-provoking tour as you wander through its iconic historic precincts.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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St Andrews Day Tour and Fife sightseeing by Private Chauffeur

St Andrews Day Tour and Fife sightseeing by Private Chauffeur

Be Chauffeured between sights in St Andrews and beyond on a private day tour, with round-trip transfer from a location of your choice by air-conditioned Mercedes V Class vehicles. Discover highlights including the Holy Trinity Church, the Old Course at St Andrews, and absorb coastal views along the East Neuk of Fife. Explore in comfort come rain or shine with a transfer in a Mercedes minivan Benefit from the personalized experience of a private tour Discover St Andrews' historic landmarks, nearby villages, and North Sea views Relax with convenient round-trip transfer from your hotel, station, or port.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$671.72
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Rebels, Romance & Raisins St. Andrew's Walking Audio Tour

Rebels, Romance & Raisins St. Andrew's Walking Audio Tour

Combine the convenience of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent exploration. This audio tour lets you explore St. Andrews, and learn about its unique history, at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever you choose.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
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$5.20
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St Andrews Private Food Walking Tour

St Andrews Private Food Walking Tour

Our food walking tour provides a local person to take you on a leisurely walk through St Andrews that will ensure you have good knowledge to enjoy exploring the town on your own. Not only do you visit some lovely bars and restaurants that you will want to return to but your guide will point out other places to visit once the tour is over.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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St Andrews Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

St Andrews Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

Visiting St. Andrews from Edinburgh typically requires catching both a train and a bus, or crowding onto a tour bus. Skip the hassle with this private tour that takes you from Edinburgh to the highlights of St. Andrews, stopping at the charming villages of South Queensferry and Anstruther along the way.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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St Andrews Luxury Private Tour

St Andrews Luxury Private Tour

Your Sightseeing Tour starts from Glasgow, ensuring a great start your chauffeur will do a full introduction and point out all the on-board facilities in the vehicle. Once the formalities are out of the way they will run through the itinerary for the day.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$975.73
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Private shore excursion from Edinburgh – Anstruther – Crail – St. Andrews

Private shore excursion from Edinburgh – Anstruther – Crail – St. Andrews

On this tour you will explore some historic fishing ports and sandy beaches along the craggy coastline of Fife’s East Neuk. First stop is Anstruther, a busy seaside village famous for its award -winning fish and chips which taste even better eaten in the fresh air overlooking the lovely harbour. Next stop: Crail, a charming fishing village with plenty of buildings of historical interest, including the Tollbooth with its tower dating from about 1600. Get ready to take some pictures of the UK´s most photographed harbour. Finally, we head to St Andrews, known for its historic university, medieval streets and gorgeous traditional buildings. Whilst there, we will walk around the Cathedral of St Andrew, a ruined cathedral built in 1158 which became the centre of the Medieval Catholic Church. Please note we will not go inside of the Castle. There will also be plenty of time to wander around before we drive you back to your ship. Walking is involved. Missing you already !!
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$354.11
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Private St Andrews Day Tour from Edinburgh

Private St Andrews Day Tour from Edinburgh

Visit the university town of St Andrews on a private day trip from Edinburgh. Famous for being the ‘home of golf,’ St Andrews is known for attractions like the Old Course and Swilcan Bridge, which you’ll see on this tour with a private guide. Walk around town and enjoy time to buy lunch and shop a bit, if you like, before returning to Edinburgh via the East Neuk of Fife. This private tour can be customized to suit your interests.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$605.76
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Private 6-Day Christmas Tour in Scotland and Edinburgh

Private 6-Day Christmas Tour in Scotland and Edinburgh

Tour of 6 days + 5 nights + accommodation + full breakfasts included. Airport and hotel transfers included. Hogmanay celbration. Optional dinners. 460 Miles / 740 Km. This great 5-day Tour and Vacation program can be booked throughout the year. Obviously, due to its title and content, the most indicated date is December 27 of each year, however the program can be carried out throughout the year enjoying free time during the Christmas performances. Live with us the magical and famous Christmas in Edinburgh and its HOGMANAY! You will also visit the most famous places in Scotland including Loch Ness! For the whole family, group or making new friends! Regions to visit: Magical Edinburgh - The Caledonian Canal - Loch Ness - Cairngorms National Park - Perthshire - The Highlands - Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park - Lochaber - The Kingdom of Fife and much more!
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TOUR ALL THE FLAVORS OF SCOTLAND & SKYE! 5 days + 4 nights.

TOUR ALL THE FLAVORS OF SCOTLAND & SKYE! 5 days + 4 nights.

Welcome to SCOTLAND: we can say that paradise !. This wonderful country has been rated in 2017 by reference publications in the world of Tourism and Leisure Travel as the most beautiful country in the world. On this impressive 5 day Tour / Vacation we are going to take you to experience and taste almost three quarters of the impressive Scotland or Alba in their Original Celtic language Scottish Gaelic. From the East Coast, the two huge National Parks, the Northeast Coast of the North Sea to the beautiful island of reference for outdoor cinema Skye, we are not going to miss practically anything along the way. This Tour is a selection of all the variety that this ancient and mystical country can offer us in just five wonderful days. MAY BE CONTRACTED IN PRIVATE OR OPEN GROUP.
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  • 5 days
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What are St. Andrews Castle hours of operation?
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St. Andrews Castle hours of operation: Hours vary by season. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Andrews Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Andrews Castle costs USD 5.20. Guided St. Andrews Castle tours start around USD 5.20 per person.
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