Shared Tour: St Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife
Depart Edinburgh and travel north to South Queensferry, stopping to view the Forth Bridges overlooking the Firth of Forth. The rail bridge, on completion in 1890, was hailed as the "8th wonder of the world". She is made entirely of steel and is one of the greatest testimonies to Scottish engineering. North and South Queensferry are named after Queen Margaret who married the King of Scotland in the 11th Century. She used to travel between Edinburgh and Dunfermline by ferry along this stretch of water. The oldest part of Edinburgh Castle, St. Margaret's Chapel is named after her.
From here, we cross over the road bridge and into the Kingdom of Fife following the coastal route along the East Neuk of Fife passing Lower Largo, home of Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe, made famous in Daniel Defoe's novel. This route is abundant with traditional fishing villages: Elie, Earlsferry, Anstruther and Pittenweem with its many caves once used in the prolific whisky smuggling industry of the 18th century.
We now continue on our way to St. Andrews. Your driver/guide will take you through the town, pointing out the many places of interest. You can be dropped off either in the town or down at the edge of the Old Course and have 3 hours free time to explore this ancient medieval city. A few attractions are the many golf courses and golf museum, the vast Norman cathedral dating from the 12th century, St. Andrews castle (15th century), Deep sea world with the many sea creatures of the region, and of course the town itself, home to Scotland's oldest university. There are many good shops, restaurants and cafes here. St. Andrews is the home of golf and you can take a walk along the hallowed turf of the Old Course where the annual Dunhill Cup is played, or take an exhilarating stroll along the white sandy beach that was used in the film "Chariots of Fire".
Afterwards, the tour continues inland to Falkland, home to an amazing Royal Palace that was the favorite residence of King James V, father of Mary Queen of Scots. You can visit the palace with it's beautiful gardens and the oldest real tennis court in the world.
We will then return to Edinburgh through the Lomond Hills.
This tour is provided on a reserved basis prior to departure. Passengers must contact the local sightseeing company upon arrival to reconfirm their tour.
Approximately 8 hours 30 minutes
6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
Waverley Bridge opposite Waverley Train Station
9:30 am daily, year round
Transportation to/from hotel, meals, beverages, entrance fees, gratuities
Please dress for the weather since a lot of time is spent outdoors.
Child discount applies for children ages 5-16.
Children under the age of 5 are not permitted on tours.
Tour does not operate January 1 & 2, March 20, November 14 & 15 and December 25 & 26.