Spend the day in the undiscovered region of Fife, just north of the Firth of Forth and discover fascinating facts about Dunfermline, once the capital of Scotland. Enjoy the beauty of St Andrews with its ruined Castle and Cathedral along the coast and enjoy the stunning scenery of the coast of Fife with its multitude of fishing villages and quaint towns.
You will be met at Charlotte Square in Edinburgh by a Tour Skye representative who will then guide you to your transportation ready to commence your tour.
These are some of the highlights you will see:
Departing Edinburgh, we travel north for our first stop of the day at Dunfermline Abbey. This Abbey has a special place in the nation’s heart. Laid to rest here are some of Scotland’s great kings and queens – including Robert the Bruce. The abbey’s great nave is also the most visually stunning example of Romanesque architecture in Scotland.
We continue to the magnificent town of St Andrews. Here we can enjoy a walk around the town and visit the impressive ruins of its medieval Cathedral and Castle, both rich in history and treacherous stories that will make your spine chilling. St Andrews is also famous for being the Home of Golf and hosting the Old Course, the best known golf course in the world.
With plenty of interesting stories, this town is also particularly dear to the Scots, for hosting the oldest University of Scotland, where John Knox himself, the one who kicked off the process of religious reformation of the country in the '500, did his academic studies. Here in St Andrews, there is also something for the fanatics of the British Royal family: William and Kate Middleton met each other here when attending uni, so that you can follow their footsteps. You will have approximately three hours of free time to explore the main landmarks and grab some fresh fish from one of the many restaurants or chippy in the area : )
Fishing villages of Fife
We travel southwards following the coastline of Fife. The first brief stop is Ansruther, the largest in a string of pretty, old-fashioned fishing villages along the stretch of Fife coast known as the East Neuk. Here you will have the opportunity to stroll along the harbour and enjoy a coffee or a beer in one of the many cafes in the area. We then travel through the picturesque villages of Pittenween, St Monans, and Aberdour, once thriving fishing centres which were made prosperous by trade with the continent.
We start our homeward journey and before we enter Edinburgh, we make one last stop at South Queensferry, where you will view the three bridges that cross the Firth of Forth: the 19th Century Forth Rail bridge is Scotland’s greatest piece of engineering, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the 20th century ‘Forth Road Bridge’; as well as the 21st century ‘Queensferry Crossing’ which opened in 2017. Three spectacular bridges, from three different centuries span the Firth of Forth, connecting our Capital city and the Kingdom of Fife.
We will be taking a lunch break and there will always be a cafe or shops for you to buy lunch or just bring a packed lunch.
Please bring cash, as some places do not accept cards.
All Prices quoted in Pound Stirling (GBP):
- Adult £44.00
- Children 6-15 years old: £39.99
- Tour runs on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Duration: 8ish hrs : )
- Departure and pick up: at 9.00am from Edinburgh Charlotte Square, in front of the West Register House, EH2 4DR.
- Return and drop off: at 5.30pm to Edinburgh Charlotte Square, in front of the West Register House, EH2 4DR.
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
- The duration of the journey is approximate; the duration depends on traffic and weather conditions.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Tour inclusions: Transport in a 9 or 16 seat mini-coach, the services of an English-speaking driver guide.
- Tour exclusions:
Ticket for Dunfermline Abbey: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/dunfermline-abbey-and-palace/prices-and-opening-times/ Adult: £5.00 Child aged 5–15: £3.00
Ticket for St Andrews Cathedral and Castle: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/st-andrews-cathedral/prices-and-opening-times/ Adult: £9.00
Child aged 5–15: £5.40 Concession: £7.00
All images from top to bottom:
St Andrews Castle is the ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century. VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved.
Dunfermline Abbey viewed from The Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries. VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved.
St Andrews Castle. VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved.
St Andrews Cathedral. VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved
Anstruther Fish Bar has won many awards for their tasty fish and chips. VisitScotland / Grant Paterson, all rights reserved.
The Forth Bridge in South Queensferry at sunset. VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all right reserved.