Explore the ancient Kingdom of Fife on a relaxing full-day tour from Edinburgh, and enjoy panoramic view of castles, cathedrals, and some of Scotland’s spectacular coast. Discover the royal connections of Fife, and visit the historic town of St. Andrews.
What to Expect
Marvel at the Forth Rail Bridge at South Queensferry for the start of this full-day tour to some of the fishing villages of Fife. Admire what was once the largest steel structure in the world, and one of the major engineering achievements of the Victorian age.
Continue to Dunfermline Abbey to see the final resting place of Robert the Bruce, victorious leader of the Scottish army at the Battle of Bannockburn. Alongside is Dunfermline Palace, birthplace of Charles I, while a 5-minute walk takes you to the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie, the 19th century Scottish-American philanthropist whose rags to riches story made him the richest man in the world.
Drive to St Andrews, following Loch Leven, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned prior to her escape and execution. Continue around the Lomond Hills, with prominent peaks that dominate the skyline. Arrive in St Andrews for lunch. After a short tour, you will have a minimum of 2.5 hours to explore the compact town, internationally renowned as the home of golf. There will be plenty of time to see the famous Old Course.
The ruins of the cathedral are a short walk from the castle, perched on cliffs above the North Sea. These 2 historic buildings were key to the Scottish Reformation. You can also enjoy the beaches of St Andrews, where the opening scenes of “Chariots of Fire” were filmed.
Departing St. Andrews, explore some of the fishing villages of the East Neuk. Stop at Anstruther to admire its 16th-century harbor, one of the most photographed in Scotland. Now a popular weekend retreat with a pleasant mix of boats, wander the historic streets and stop at the fish and chip shops of the harbor. Then, journey back to Edinburgh at the end of your scenic Fife tour.
- Guided tour
- Transportation by comfortable minicoach