St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife
1 day tour

  • Fife Fishing Villages
  • Fife Castles
  • St Andrews tours from Edinburgh
  • Fife tours from Edinburgh

An ancient university, breathtaking medieval ruins, and quaint coastal villages: explore all this and more on our adventure through Fife.

Tour map

Places you'll explore

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.

Your journey

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.

Tour Details

09.30 - Rabbie's Café Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
18.00 approx

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • Falkland Palace is closed November to Easter
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions


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.

Customer Reviews

Excellent tour guide

M W Grzelak Posted on 15/02/2017

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.

St. Adrews with Ewan, Alnwich Castle with Richard Loch Ness with Ammy

Dorothy Francis Posted on 09/09/2015

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!

Audrey 13/6/15

Tamara Hall Posted on 17/06/2015

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!

ROLAND you are incredible !

Clare Posted on 02/10/2014

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


Ashley Knipe Posted on 09/09/2014

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! ;)

A visit to a kingdom

Ninsig Posted on 10/07/2014

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.

Excellent day

Garry Roberts Posted on 28/02/2014

Mike looked after Oliver and myself with knowledgeable and entertaining discourse throughout our day trip to the heart of golf during our recent Edinburgh holiday. We can highly recommend the experience to one and all.

Thank you

Elizabeth Taylor Posted on 02/11/2013

This was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Shelby was an excellent tour guide and driver. I an incredibly tactful way Shelby made sure that no member of the tour was going to spoil the enjoyment of anyone else. At the same time making us feel welcome and looked after. Recommendations for tea, coffee, food and things to see were excellent. The information about geography and history which Shelby gave were ideal. The coach was delightfully clean and comfortable. Thank you.

Review of tour

John & Elizabeth Barrett Posted on 05/07/2013

I read the reviews and wonder about screening that deletes any messages that not say how great Rabbie's is! Our tour July 3, 2013 was less than satisfactory. The bus was late departing, the bus was old, air conditioning was sporadic, sound system had connector/static problems. Jonathan asked if we wanted to extend a stop or go on the St. Andrews, all of us wanted to go on, he extended the stop. A loud and outspoken woman carried on conversation with a foul mouth, until asked to be quiet by another patron. Our time in St. Andrews was cut short to 2 1/5 hours, then 2 patrons did not show up until 15-20 minutes late. Then the trip did not arrive at Waverly station until 6:45, denying us time for dinner before an 8pm concert!. Scotland was beautiful, Rabbie's tour was less than satisfactory! Enjoy whatever!

Memorable Tours

Marion Drake Posted on 14/06/2013

I recently had the pleasure of undertaking 3 day tours whilst staying in Edinburgh. Thanks to Al, Audrey and Dave for a wonderful experience. Your knowledge of history and the beautiful places we visited was amazing. I have a beautiful photographic record and lots of little notes on the topics you talked about on our tours. What wonderful drivers you all are too!! Felt so at home at all the places we visited. I will be back.

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