St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Day Tour
~ Forth Bridges
~ Eastern Fife’s fishing villages
~ St. Andrews Cathedral
~ Castle and Old Town
~ The Old Course
~ Historic Village of Falkland*
A day out with lots of free time in the medieval city of St. Andrews, home of golf, and the picturesque old fishing villages in the East Neuk (corner) of the Kingdom of Fife.
We recommend this tour for those who love coastal scenery, golden sandy beaches and all the royal history of St. Andrews, home of Golf and Scotland’s oldest University. There’s time for shopping too!
If the date you’d like to travel isn’t available, please call us to discuss alternative options.
Concession Prices: £33.00 - £42.00
Returns: 18.00 approx
Departing: Every day (All year)
Enjoy a day in the medieval kingdom of Fife and the ancient University city of St. Andrews, home of golf.
This tour takes you to South Queensferry to view the “8th Wonder of the World”, The Forth Rail Bridge, before travelling into the medieval kingdom of Fife. You follow the coastal route through the pretty fishing villages in the East Neuk of Fife, making a stop in the harbour village of Anstruther. On to St. Andrews, where you have over 2 hours free time to enjoy this historic city.
You can visit its Cathedral, Castle and University, shop at leisure and take a walk along its beautiful golden sandy beach next to the Old Course, the home of golf. You then travel westwards through the heart of Fife, stopping in the historic village of Falkland, home to James V’s historic Renaissance Palace (open from April to October.) and used to represent old Inverness in the filming of the recent "Outlander " series, based on the novels of Diana Gabaldon. From here you return to Edinburgh.
Return to Waterloo Place
~Transportation by a top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
~Air Conditioning as standard.
~Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
~Lunch and refreshments.
~Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 15 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)
Important Information: We like to give you plenty of opportunities to go on nature walks, so we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour.Scotland can be a wet place!! Falkland Palace is closed November to Easter. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.
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!
Dorothy Francis - 09/09/2015
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!
Tamara Hall - 17/06/2015
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,
Clare - 02/10/2014
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! ;)
Ashley Knipe - 09/09/2014
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.
Ninsig - 10/07/2014
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.
Garry Roberts - 28/02/2014
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.
Elizabeth Taylor - 02/11/2013
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!
John & Elizabeth Barrett - 05/07/2013
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.
Marion Drake - 14/06/2013
I did this tour last Saturday with 5 friends (all local) and we had an amazing day out - and learned lots of facts about the area and Scotland. Thanks to Karen for looking after us so well.
JanetW - 19/04/2013
Here are the latest customer photographs from this tour - click an image for enlargement and slideshow.
Full Itinerary (English)
Depart Edinburgh at 09.30 and travel north to South Queensferry. The town is named after the 11th century Queen Margaret who dedicated her life to changing the social welfare of the people, particularly the church, earning her the title 'Saint Margaret of Scotland'. North of Edinburgh there were two very important churches - St Andrews and Dunfermline, but getting from Edinburgh across the wide Firth of Forth was difficult, so Queen Margaret provided a free ferry for pilgrims, hence 'Queen's Ferry'. The ferry remained in existence until the opening of the Forth Road Bridge in 1964 by the present Queen.
From Queensferry we drive up and onto the Forth Road Bridge, giving us a great view across to one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks - the Forth Rail Bridge. At over a mile and a half (2300m) long, the bridge was completed in 1890, and until recently was the longest Cantilever bridge in the world. It is a true testament of Scottish engineering. Once over the bridge we enter the Kingdom of Fife. Bounded to the south by the wide Firth of Forth, to the north by the Firth of Tay and to the east by the North Sea the area was once a sub-kingdom of the old Pictish realm, a natural peninsula almost cut off from the rest of Scotland, and so remained semi-independent for longer than other parts. Central Fife used to be very poor, until the discovery of coal, while the towns and villages along its coastline were rich from all the trade across the North sea, causing King James VI to describe the area as a 'Beggar's mantle fringed with gold'. The golden fringe he referred to was the East Neuk (or nook, meaning corner), Fife's easternmost stretch of coastline and home to a string of picturesque villages each with its own distinctive character and charm. One of these, Lower Largo, is best known as the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk the real-life Robinson Crusoe and inspiration for Daniel Defoe's novel whilst neighbouring Earlsferry is said to be where MacDuff hid from Shakespeare's Macbeth. We stop in the traditional fishing village of Anstruther (known as 'Enster' locally) where you can check out its old cobbled streets and network of little alleyways and wynds or 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. The shrine became a place of worship for Christian pilgrims from far and wide and the town developed into the religious capital of Scotland complete with a huge Norman Cathedral, the largest in all of Scotland. Founded in 1160 the Cathedral was devastated first by fire and later by zealous religious reformers but the ruins provide a fascinating insight into what it once must have been like. Today St Andrews attracts another type of pilgrim, being famous world-wide as the home of golf and the Mecca for all golfers - the 'Old Course'. The course, founded in 1754, is in beautiful condition and its emerald green grass contrasts with the golden sands of the beach nearby. St Andrews is also home to the oldest University in Scotland, at nearly 600 years old, and the third oldest in Britain behind Oxford and Cambridge. Also dating from this period is the town's once mighty castle which, perched on a rocky headland overhanging the sea, is a ruin with a violent and murderous past. Every street, every building is surrounded with history and we give you around 2.5 hours to explore this amazing town.
From St Andrews we take a pleasant drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife, with its small villages and patchwork of farms, to Falkland. Falkland Palace (open from April to October) 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. The village was used recently to double as old Inverness during filming of the "Outlander" series based on the books by Diana Gabaldon. You can take time to wander around the picturesque village or enjoy a drink in one of the villages traditional pubs or tearooms. 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. Arrive approx: 18.00.
Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts