An ancient university, breathtaking medieval ruins, and quaint coastal villages: explore all this and more on our adventure through Fife.
Forth Bridges - An incredible engineering feat. A gorgeous setting. And a UNESCO World Heritage sight.
Anstruther - Be charmed by the cobbled lanes and quaint buildings of this traditional fishing village.
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’.
Historic Village of Falkland - This quaint town in the Kingdom of Fife boasts a beautiful palace and a serene setting.
Contrast elegant architecture with sweeping coastal views. Compare the ruins of a wind-swept castle with the curves of an ancient golf course. And visit Scottish villages and towns that offer far more than their small size should allow.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
You leave Edinburgh and travel north to South Queensferry.
You travel over the Forth Road Bridge, and get a great view of one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks, the Forth Rail Bridge.
You then enter the Kingdom of Fife and stop in the traditional fishing village of Anstruther (known as 'Enster' locally), where you can check out the old cobbled streets and take a walk along the seafront to the harbour.
From Anstruther, we 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. St Andrews is also home to the third oldest university in Britain and a beautiful ruined castle perched on a cliff. You have around two and a half hours to explore this fascinating town.
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.
Leaving Falkland we return to Edinburgh, passing Loch Leven, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned by her Protestant nobility.
And then we once again cross the Firth of Forth and return to the city centre.
It was a brilliant tour on a dreich day. Anstruther is really worth to visit. St Andrews is really an amazing little town. Sean told so many interesting stories and had always good recommendations. Thank you so much for this wonderful tour.
All thanks and appreciation goes to Ewan my tour guide for the day. ..I say my because he truly made each one of us feel as if we were the only ones on the tour!..his pleasant manner made me feel totally at home and his knowledge and motivating story telling made me fall in love with this beautiful place! .I travelled as a single female in Edinburgh for a few days ,found Rabbies recommended on Pinterest and they did not let me down. Looking at my pictures now Im back home is filling me again with happiness. Thank you Ewan for being a part of my great adventure! !and thank you Rabbies for getting it spot on in terms of customer satisfaction..keep doing what yr doing and I wish you all the best in the future in terms of expansion and profit making. .you totally deserve it!
Tour guide Adam was friendly, funny and helpful from the get go. It was a rainy, overcast morning as we made our way through Edinburgh towards South Queensferry for a short stop, but Adams commentary and humour made the journey fun and enjoyable. Throughout the day, at each stop Adam made really helpful recommendations of restaurants and things to do/places to see. One of my favourite moments of the day was driving from Falkland to Edinburgh and being regaled with Adams version of the story of Mary Queen of Scots - it was a vivid, lively and humorous retelling and one which helped me to appreciate the remarkable woman she was. Thanks Adam for a great tour!
Awesome day out. Fully recommend the tour. Gillian and Eric were not only friendly but very knowledgeable. A1
First time but not my last. Grant was an excellent and intelligent guide who cherishes his Scottish heritage. The tour offered the best venues and just enough time to experience them with the inclination to someday return. But first, there are many other tours by Rabbies to experience.
Three wonderful tours with three wonderful tour guides. Jim and I enjoyed our short stay in the Edinburgh area topped off by attending the Tattoo performance. Wow!! What a beautiful and clean city, and so easy to navigate our way around it each time we set out on a new adventure. From day one of planning, Rabbies made it easy for us. Emails were returned promptly with correct (as it turned out) information and helpful suggestions. Very professional service with a friendly tone. On the day of each tour, things flowed smoothly, schedules remained on time and much information gained from the guides. Our three guides were very different but nevertheless were all walking history books, friendly and helpful. We also lucked out each tour by being with low maintenance groups. Thank you Rabbies for making our FIRST trip to Scotland such a pleasant one. We will be back!
Went on this trip on advice of friends. St. Andrews is delightful even for the non-golfer. Loved spunky and opinionated Audrey! What a hoot!
Hey a huge shoutout to Roland. My family and I had an excellent experience with the most charismatic guy as our tour leader. We've been searching this tour guide, as we would like some sort of further contact, what is his full name or contact we feel we must say thank you again! Thank you Roland, Clare and family, Australia
My friend and I went on the St. Andrews tour last week during our time in Edinburgh and it was fantastic! We had Roland, who doesn't normally lead that tour, but he was the best! He made the time on the bus just as much fun as the time off the bus. Roland, if you ever see this, I had fun being your co-pilot and a character in your Goodman story... My only regret is not taking a video of you telling it! ;)
Went on this tour on Saturday July 5th. This was a part of Scotland I had never been to before so it was very interesting to see the small fishingvillages of Anstruther and Crail and then the larger St. Andrews. Weather was quite ok, bit overcast in the morning but it got sunny by the time we arrived in St. Andrews. The guide; Jan; told some interesting stories, recited poems by Rabbie Burns and he was quite funny at times. His historic knowledge was superb and he told us some facts that might come in handy some day. He played music with connections to the area we were travelling through, and that was a nice touch. It was a good tour! I love the sea so I really enjoyed the walks near the sea, the sound of seagulls and other birds etc. On the way back to Edinburgh we stopped in Falkland and visited the palace. This was my second tour with Rabbie's and I will go on more tours with them in the future - at least if I get back to Scotland again.
The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.
We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.
Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.
If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.
We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.
It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.
We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.
We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.
You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.
Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.
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