St. Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife

Departure point:
Edinburgh
Duration:
1 Day tour
Time:
From: 9am - 5:45pm

Accommodation needed for this tour

We offer a free accommodation booking service, however you are more than welcome to book your own accommodation if you wish. Please select your requirements below:

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Enjoy a charming one day tour from Edinburgh at a relaxed pace, with plenty of free time to explore Scotland’s home of golf, the ancient town of St. Andrews and the fishing villages of the “Kingdom of Fife”.

Visit the Home of Golf

We leave Edinburgh, crossing the iconic Forth Bridge, into the ancient “Kingdom of Fife”, passing through Aberdour before continuing into the East Neuk of Fife.

We stop in the town of Anstruther, home of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, then we travel through the villages of Pittenweem, Crail and St. Monans, once thriving fishing centres which were made prosperous by trade within the continent.

We arrive in the beautiful medieval town of St. Andrews in time for lunch. Here you can enjoy a walk around the town, where Prince William met Kate, home to the oldest university in Scotland, famous Cathedral and golf course. Enjoy approximately three hours of free time to explore its medieval buildings and wonderful cobbled streets in the centre, and have lunch and refreshments.

Heading homewards we travel across the Lomond hills to Falkland for a photo stop. The village was used as the setting for 1960s Inverness in the Outlander series. Then, descending to Loch Leven (scene of Mary Queen of Scot's imprisonment and escape) and on to the picturesque village of South Queensferry where we enjoy our final stop before returning to Edinburgh.

Tour Overview

Duration8hrs 45mins
Total Distance119 miles
Pick upOutside Green Ensign Ewart Pub, Edinburgh at 8:45am
Group sizeUp to 53
AvailabilityAll year round
Minimum ageTravellers need to be at least 5 years-old

A couple of things To know

Included
  • Digital translations
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury Modern air-conditioned coach
Not Included
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and Drink
A family trip but with adult children
“We are doing a family trip with our adult kids, their significant others and my sister. Great tour. Hit the high points for the various ages. Outlander!! Harry Potter! The Old Course! Everyone was happy and the guide was amazing! Loved it all!”

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

Your tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

View a map of our departure point.

You can also find us by Edinburgh Public Transport

Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.

Are the optional extras included?

No, optional extras are not included in the tour price.

The price of your one day tour from Edinburgh includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our luxury, modern, air-conditioned coaches.

All optional extras - attraction entrance fees, loch cruises, food and drinks, etc - are not included in the price of your tour. This is to allow our guests the freedom to choose which optional extras they would like to take part in on the day.

Rates for your optional extras (From April 2019) are as follows:

  • St. Andrews Castle: £6.00 adults, £4.80 concessions, £3.60 children
  • St. Andrews Cathedral: £5.00 adults, £4.00 concessions, £3.00 children
  • St. Andrews Castle & Cathedral: £9 adults, £7.00 concessions, £5.40 children

We have negotiated a discounted rate for the above attractions which are visited whilst on tour.

The above rates are valid from April 2019. Please note some attractions do not accept credit cards, entrance fees are payable in cash only.

Do I need to pre-book the optional extras?

No, you don't need to worry about pre-booking any of the optional extras.

All the optional extras can be booked on the day and your Driver-Guide will advise you of how to book. We negotiate discounted rates for you, ensuring you'll always get a great deal at Scotland's top visitor attractions.

Please note that many visitor attractions and accommodation providers may not accept card payments, so please ensure you have plenty of cash with you on the day. If you have any questions about this please contact our Reservations Team on +44 (0)131 226 6066 - open 7am-10pm daily.

Is the tour in English?

Yes, all of our tours are in English.

Your tour will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.
You'll find a digital translation of your tour through a link on your confirmation email.

Digital translations are available for this tour in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
What should I bring with me?

As we like to give you as much time off the coach as possible with the opportunity for walks, we recommend you bring warm and/or waterproof clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun-block or a hat for sunny days.

Don't forget your camera to capture all the lovely scenery and wildlife you'll encounter on your tour!

Since we cannot allow hot food on our buses you could also bring a cold packed lunch with you to make the most of your time at each stop, this would be particularly time-saving in the busier months!
 

Can children travel on this tour?

We welcome children over 5 years old on our tours, and children aged between 5-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 5.

Is St. Andrews the home of golf?

It certainly is! People were playing golf on the 'Old Course' in St. Andrews in the 15th Century! Golf became so popular that James II of Scotland banned the sport in 1457 as he thought young men were playing golf too much and not practicing their archery enough.

Are there Outlander filming locations on this tour?

Yes! Falkland, new for 2017, is the set for 1960s Inverness in the Outlander TV series.
Two other 1 day tours feature Outlander filming locations:

  • Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites
  • West Highland Lochs, Mountains and Castles tour

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How accessible are the locations?

Some of the locations may cause accessibility issues due to their geography and architecture.

If you are a wheelchair user or have restricted mobility, we would suggest downloading this helpful Access Guide by Historic Environment Scotland.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, don't worry! Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we can't do it. Have a look at our private tour page or contact us directly, and we will make it happen!