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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
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Admission fees

Departure Point

6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
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 Links
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 Not Included
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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Falkland Palace - due to Covid19 restrictions, Falkland Palace is currently closed, but you will be able to take photos and explore the town.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
What is the maximum group size during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.

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Traveler Tips

  • "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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Great tour
, Jun 2021
Amazing experience. The tour guide was really good and shown us all the great spots along the tour. Highely recommend this.
History and legend
, May 2021
Had a pleasant day of travel with Ashley as our guide. Short stops at the fishing villages of Elie, Anstruther then arriving Saint Andrews. Visited the ruins of the Cathedral and Castle then fish and chips at the Tailsend. A walk along the beach finishing with visiting the links. Stopped at Falkland and Under the Forth Bridge of Edinburgh on our way home. Nice trip and Ashley with her knowledge of Scottish history and legend made it even better.
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Nice and easy
, May 2021
Ashley has been wonderful. We had enough time to see the winders if the lowlands. She stopped near a lovely beach in the village too. Very knowledgable guide.
Great day trip
, Aug 2020
Amazing trip, lots of nice places before and after St. Andrews to visit and enjoy, and the tour guide James was awesome!! Highly recommended!!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hi Diana, We're glad you enjoyed the itinerary and visits. I'm sure James kept you entertained and brought everything to life. Thanks so much for your recommendation, All the best, Aimee
Wonderful small tour
, Mar 2020
The tour was good. Amole time to see sites and explore.. Falkland palace was nice. Mark was very good and informative.
Golf course was awesome!
, Mar 2020
It was awesome! It was all we could expect ! John , our driver , was great ! The golf course looked like it does on TV !
Amazing tour very useful information
Grigoria K
, Dec 2019
Our too guide was more than fantasy telling us everything details during the way and make the journey enjoyable! The small villages on the way and the bridge was definitely something worth seeing! I high recommend it!
Highly Recommend this tour!
, Dec 2019
Excellent tour guide! Energetic, humorous, and informative. We loved exploring St. Andrews with the town square, ruins of the cathedral, and university. Added bonuses to our intent of just seeing the Old Course of St. Andrews. Plenty of time to walk about, enjoy a quick lunch of fish n chips, and shop at the golf shops. The small fishing village of Fife was also lovely with a quick coffee stop, bathroom break, and boutique shopping where we purchased a few newborn outfits for our baby.
Great tour and even greater guide
, Oct 2019
We went on this trip with Roland from Rabbies. The bus was small but comfortable and he did an amazing job of pointing out sites and trying to recreate the atmosphere with voices, songs and music- honestly so funny! He was really helpful with recommendations at each stop. The stops themselves were wonderful- so beautiful each had something to do. St. Andrews is amazing whether or not you like golf
A Surreal Day experienced Dream Come True
, Oct 2019
To visit the Home of Golf and see The Old Course and stand where so many greats of the games have played was inspirational Watching The Open on TV many times & to be there was Dream Come True

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