Day trip

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours
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Enjoy a day in the medieval kingdom of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. Visit its fishing villages, the town of St. Andrews, and the picturesque Falkland and its formal royal palace.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • See historic fishing villages in the Kingdom of Fife
  • Visit ancient St. Andrews, the home of golf
  • Explore picturesque Falkland and its former royal palace
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Enjoy a full-day van excursion into the Kingdom of Fife from Edinburgh. Discover the home of golf in St. Andrews, walk thorugh the cobbled streets of Anstruther, and learn about Scottish royal history in the charming village of Falkland.

Depart in the morning from Edinburgh, heading north via the Forth Road Bridge. Enjoy sweeping view across the Forth Rail Bridge, one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks, at 1.5 miles in length.

Cross the bridge into the Kingdom of Fife. Its easternmost stretch of coastline is home to a string of picturesque villages, each having a distinctive character and charm. Stop in the traditional fishing village of Anstruther

Stroll down old cobbled streets and the network of alleyways and wynds. Enjoy a walk along the seafront to the harbor. From Anstruther travel north to the medieval town of St. Andrews, where you’ll see its huge Norman cathedral, known to be the largest in Scotland. View the oldest University in Scotland which dates back 6 centuries. Have plenty of time to explore this ancient and interesting town. Drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife which is dotted with small villages and farms until you reach Falkland.

Admire views of Falkland Palace which dominates this old village, and was one of the main residences of the Stewarts, an important royal family in Scottish history. See an array of old cottages as you make your way through narrow winding streets.

Take some time to wander around the village or stop at one of its traditional pubs or tearooms before hopping back on the bus for the drive back to Edinburgh.

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  • Lunch
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  • Entrance fees

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Meet your guide at Rabbie's Cafe.

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Know before you go

  • Food and drinks are not included in the price of the tour
  • Guests are free to explore attractions at the stops along the tour, but entrance fees for these attractions are not included and will need to be paid for separately
  • Falkland Palace is closed from November through to Easter
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 14 kilograms of luggage per person on the tours.
  • This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
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A lovely day trip from Edinburgh! Not too much driving, but enough to make you feel like you’ve gotten out of the city hustle and bustle. St Andrews is lovely and could have easily more than three hours there. Jodi, our guide, was fantastic! Friendly, knowledgeable, and a great storyteller — what more can you ask for!

July 22, 2022

The trip was very nice! We stopped at a few villages but didn’t really have enough time to walk around for very long. I would have liked to go to the island and see the puffins. St. Andrew’s was the longest stop. That was very nice and was able to spend time walking and eating lunch. We enjoyed walking around Falkland. Quaint town with lovely views and ancient buildings even a thatched roof!

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June 18, 2022

A great day-trip to see another part of Scotland. We saw many picturesque places and really beautiful sights of the Lowlands. Our guide Ewan was really great, he had so much knowledge and history about Scotland to tell us along the way. The hours flew by and you had more than enough time at every stop to take in the sights and roam around. Definitely recommended!

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May 19, 2022

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