St Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife
One day tour
Explore the quaint villages of the East Neuk of Fife before heading to St Andrews for an extended visit where there is plenty of time to discover the rich history of this attractive town. Later stop in the village of Falkland, before returning to Edinburgh.
Price range: £38 - £47
Forth Bridges - see the iconic Forth Bridge now a UNESCO World heritage site
Anstruther – explore the harbour of this attractive fishing town
St Andrews - visit the historic castle, impressive cathedral and Scotland’s oldest university
Golf - for golf fans explore the famed Old Course and visit the British Golf Museum
Falkland - stroll round this pleasant village to see its historic palace and Outlander filming locations
Loch Leven - learn the tragic tale of Mary, Queen of Scots and her escape from captivity
Movie locations - Outlander, Chariots of Fire and The 39 Steps
Full Tour Itinerary
Leaving Edinburgh behind we head northwards to the Firth of Forth. There are wonderful views of the amazing Forth Bridge as we make our way into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. We’ll stop to capture the view at Aberdour before touring through the East Neuk of Fife where the coastline is dotted with delightful fishing villages. We’ll see Pittenweem and St Monans, home to a small fleet of working fishing boats, before stopping in Anstruther, the largest community along this part of the coast.
St Andrews is named after Scotland’s Patron Saint and has a rich heritage. On our arrival we’ll have a brief orientation tour before making an extended stop. There’s around three hours of free time so you can discover the town in depth. For golf fans there will be time for a selfie at the Old Course where the outcome of many a Championship Game rested on just one putt!
Away from the golf course you can discover the University, the oldest in Scotland. Walk in the footsteps of William and Kate as you stroll through the grounds to discover the flourishing hawthorn bush said to have been planted by Mary, Queen of Scots in the 1560’s. If you are feeling particularly energetic why not visit St Andrews Cathedral where you can climb St Rule’s Tower to enjoy glorious views over the town. If shopping is on the agenda you’ll find a wide choice of quality shops where you can pick up a souvenir that is bound to impress your fellow members at the Club!
Later our tour continues with a drive over the Lomond Hills where, if time allows, we’ll stop to view Falkland Palace, once a favourite retreat of the Stuart Kings. The attractive village of Falkland doubles as Inverness in the popular Outlander TV series.
The last part of our tour will take us to Loch Leven, where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned, then we cross the Firth of Forth once more. We’ll stop in the pretty village of South Queensferry where there are excellent views of the three Forth Bridges to enjoy. From here it’s a short drive back to Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special. Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes!
Where does my tour depart from and return to?
Our tours depart from a central location in Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile/High Street which is easily reached by public transport. Full information on the departure time and place of your tour will be shown on your tour confirmation.
Can I book seats on the coach?
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time. In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From The Ensign Ewart
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2PE
Check-in: 08:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:45 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.