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St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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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
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Admission fees
Rabbie's Cafe Bar , 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
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
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 Free
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.
  • Falkland Palace - due to Covid19 restrictions, Falkland Palace is currently closed, but you will be able to take photos and explore the town.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to safety inspection and possible maintenance work, St Andrews Cathedral is closed until further notice.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. 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) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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star-5
Wonderful tour through St Andrews and adjoining areas
Bradley_A
, Jun 2022
We traveled to St. Andrews and other sea villages from Edinburgh, Scotland and absolutely loved the adventure. Our guide, Pete, who’s from Tasmania was fantastic! He provided history of the area, was a very safe driver, and had a wonderful personality. It was a real treat.
star-5
st andrews tour
Debra_D
, Jun 2022
we loved the tour. although wish we had a little more time in st andrews. got to see them getting ready for the british open. tour guy was very knowledgeable and entertaining. great tour if you are interested in golf and history
star-3
Screening needed for sick people
Mark_C
, Jun 2022
St. Andrew’s was nice. My concern was with the complete lack of screening of Suck people. For small buses like that, tour company should have screened for coughs and colds. Very, very sick couple likely infected everybody. Should not have travelled. I got sick a few days later.
star-5
Driver was very...
Robert_H
, Jun 2022
Driver was very entertaining and informative. Best we have had. We loved St. Andrew's and the fishing villages - both were beautiful and quaint.
star-5
St. Andrews
Kimberly_P
, Jun 2022
I got tickets for this for my dad and boyfriend, they could not stop talking about it. Their main reason was to go to the old course however they lived every minute of the tour and the villages toured. They do not remember the tour guides name but he was from St. Andrews, very knowledgeable, friendly and interactive. Their pictures from the tour looks amazing. Highly recommend this tour
star-5
St Andrews and Falkland
RogelioR_P
, Jun 2022
My wife and I had a great time visiting beautiful places in Scotland. I’m addition Derrick our driver / guide was excellent and we learned a great deal about Scotland from him.
star-5
Awesome day!!
Irma_O
, Jun 2022
Was a great day. We got to meet Gary Player, golf legend at St Andrews. Great day trip. Our driver Duncan was awesome. We totally recommend this trip.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Donna_G
, Jun 2022
Outstanding tour! Our tour guide was informative, interesting and very entertaining. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour and would definitely recommend it.
star-5
Great Adventure
Carlos_F
, Jun 2022
Fantastic guide and amazing views. We enjoyed every part of the trip. The fishing villages and the city of St. Andrews was well worth the trip.
star-5
Such a fun day at St Andrews
kathryngerrity
, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful time on this tour! Nick was an amazing tour guide and seeing St Andrews was an absolute bucket list item for my golfer husband!
star-5
Our driver, Nik was a...
Bryan_R
, Jun 2022
Our driver, Nik was a very fine guide, historian, story teller, and driver who worked very hard to make our 8 hour trip memorable. I would recommend anyone who wants to see the country side. Enjoy.
star-3
Beautiful
Helen_J
, Jun 2022
Scenery , it was a lot of driving , it was handy having our luggage carried on the couch, good driving
star-5
Relaxing trip to see picturesque fishing villages
Amita_A
, Jun 2022
If you’re looking for a relaxed, at-your-own-pace walk around fishing villages and the coast, this trip is perfect. Derek, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging, often pointing out interesting things about the architecture even as we left the city.
star-4
Beautiful day out of the...
BOBBITOUCAN
, May 2022
Beautiful day out of the city recommend to anybody. The tour guide, Gavin, was knowledgeable and entertaining.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Eric made our day!
budmel
, May 2022
Eric, our guide was an 11 on 1-10 scale. Could not have had a better person giving the tour. St Andrew’s was great and Falkland looked like a movie set. I went to an ATM to get currency just so we could give Eric a tip! Thanks for such a fun and educational day!
star-5
Great tour
Pernille_O
, May 2022
Perfect tour with great guide. Beautiful places. Perfect with the small bus, and stories from the guide
star-5
Great day trip from Edinburgh
Carol_R
, May 2022
Great day with Ray as our tour guide. He was fun and informative. Enjoyed the whole day. St Andrews is a beautiful town with plenty of time to enjoy it.
star-5
Really enjoyed the tour. ...
Constante_S
, May 2022
Really enjoyed the tour. Ray kept us entertained and gave us a lot of great info! Worked with us to get to enjoy all the great golf history at St Andrews.
star-5
Good trop
lesley_M
, May 2022
St. Andrews town great lunch lots to see pleasant people on the bus luckily it was a sunny day for the golfers
star-5
Ewan is the best guide in...
Tobias_G
, May 2022
Ewan is the best guide in the world!! It was just a great experience to travel with him! And St. Andrews is just gorgeous!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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