Approx. 9 hoursStart time
The tour departs from 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh
The scenic town of St. Andrews is home to one of the UK’s most renowned universities and some of the country’s finest golf courses and is a mecca for those with a passion for the sport. You will see the world famous old course as well as other highlights of the town such as the university, the castle and the cathedral.
You will also be able to spend some time in the characteristic fishing villages of the Kingdom of Fife and visit Falkland, where the Royal family of Scotland used to live.
You will be picked up and taken to the tour destinations in an air conditioned Mercedes minibus accompanied by a guide.
Depart Edinburgh and travel north to South Queensferry. Drive up and onto the Forth Road Bridge and see one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks – the Forth Rail Bridge. At over a mile and a half long, the bridge was completed in 1890 and until recently was the longest Cantilever bridge in the world.
Enter the Kingdom of Fife whose easternmost stretch of coastline is home to a string of picturesque villages each with its own distinctive character and charm.
Stop at the traditional fishing village of Anstruther where you can check out its old cobbled streets and network of little alleyways or take a walk along the seafront to the harbour.
Continue north to the medieval town of St. Andrews. St. Andrew is the patron Saint of Scotland and according to legend his remains were washed up on the Fife coast. See the huge Norman Cathedral, the largest in Scotland.
St Andrews is a Mecca for all golfers. See the 'Old Course', founded in 1754. The course is in beautiful condition and its emerald green grass contrasts with the golden sands of the beach nearby.
St Andrews is also home to the oldest University in Scotland, at nearly 600 years old and the third oldest in Britain behind Oxford and Cambridge. Also see the town's once mighty castle.
Take a pleasant drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife, with its small villages and patchwork of farms, 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). The village is one of the most beautiful in Scotland with an array of old cottages and narrow winding streets. You can take time to wander around the picturesque village or enjoy a drink in one of the village’s traditional pubs or tearooms.
Leaving Falkland and starting your return to Edingburgh cross the Lomond hills past Loch Leven, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned by her Protestant nobility.
The tour ends at Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh. You will reach Edinburgh at 1800h (6:00pm).
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
Thank you to our guide Gill for making it a memorable trip!! I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone. From beginning to end was really worth seeing. Loved it!!...Core Biokinetics A Laubscher
We were very happy with this tour. Our guide was very interesting and told us much about the area. This is a trip that should be taken if you want to learn about the area....Barbara Klein
Mike, our tour guide, was great and very informative. Besides the beautiful scenery, being able to walk the Old Course at St. Andrews was the highlight of the day...Lauretta Burns