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St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

1. St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

After meeting your guide outside the Russell Hotel you will hear about the Martyrs Monument, the alleged former site of the 1st tee. Situated by the British Golf Museum this is the site of a former quarry where you will hear about what lies beneath, including its significance when golf was banned in the 1400s. You'll then head across to the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famed Old Course, where you will hear about some of the quarks of the game which have shaped its remarkable history. You'll then pass along the route of an old "19th hole" which was once frequented by Bing Crosby and was also renamed "1 Nike Place" for a week during the 2015 Open Championships. Following that, visit the Dunvegan Hotel where you can admire its many golfing photos. You will then see the former birthplace of Old Tom Morris before heading into the quadrangle of St. Salvator’s College to learn about Scotland's oldest university alongside a darker side of St. Andrews' past. Along with a few other points of interest along the way, the cathedral grounds are the next landmark on the tour. Resting there are some 124 golfing greats, including some of the Tom Morris family and Allan Robertson. Walking then along the beautiful coastline, you'll overlook St. Andrews Bay as you travel to the former Archbishops Palace where the darker history of the town continues. It is there that your guide will succinctly put golf and the history of St. Andrews into perspective. From there you'll travel further along university buildings, the Principals House, and the residence where Prince William and Kate spent their first year as students. The tour then finishes back at the Russell Hotel where you can relax and ponder the many heady days of St. Andrews.

St Andrews: Guided Walking Tour

2. St Andrews: Guided Walking Tour

In this 2-hour leisurely and family-friendly tour, you'll see all of the main sights of St Andrew's town, whilst learning about its history and the unique culture that still stands today. From golf ties, royal family connections and of course, the world-class University - you'll see it all! See St Andrews' Cathedral and Castle, The Old Course, The University of Saint Andrews, St. Salvator's Chapel, and many more hidden gems too. Each guide has their own unique stories about the town so each tour is unique in it's own way.

St Andrews: Ghost Walking Tour

3. St Andrews: Ghost Walking Tour

Get a unique introduction to the landmarks of St. Andrews on an entertaining and informative walking tour. Join an acclaimed author and authority on the paranormal to learn the ghostly history of what is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the world. Join historian Richard Falconer, who has written three books spanning five decades of research. Learn a wealth of lost or forgotten history alongside many published and unpublished supernatural experiences. Marvel at the monuments from the outside, including the first university in Scotland, where Prince William met Kate, and the haunted dwellings of Mary Queen of Scots. Discover the most haunted road in Scotland, and see the eerie ruins of the cathedral and Archbishop's Palace. Described as a must-do experience in St. Andrews, these informative and entertaining tours are available 7 days a week at multiple times.

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

4. From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

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.

St Andrews: City Highlights Walking Tour with Cocktail

5. St Andrews: City Highlights Walking Tour with Cocktail

Enjoy a wee walk followed by a premium cocktail in the luxurious setting of 18 rooftop bar and restaurant at Rusacks St Andrews overlooking the Old Course. The perfect 2 hours spent; discovering St Andrews on foot and then a drink with your local guide. You'll spend the first part of the tour on a walking tour with your small group and guide, discovering the history and culture of St Andrews. Throughout the tour, discover St Andrews as you walk in the footsteps of golfing legends, royals, heretics who were burned at the stake, famous cats, and those who live in St Andrews today. Your local guide will bring St Andrews to life. After the walking tour, relax with the guide and enjoy a bespoke or classic cocktail from 18 bar's signature cocktail menu, overlooking the Old Course and West Sand's Beach learning about Scotland's drink culture.

St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

6. St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

Discover the best of St Andrews on this walking tour and immerse yourself in the city's unique history and beauty in the company of Richard Falconer, a professional author/historian and guide. Richard has been researching the town's history for over 40 years and will take you on a journey that includes its lost and forgotten history spanning over 2000 years. You will learn how it has been a spiritual centre since 500 BC and its royal connections through the Pictish Kings, Robert the Bruce, Mary of Guise, James V, Mary Queen of Scots and Prince William. Discover off-the-beaten-track locations and gems such as the former Scottish seat of the Knights Templar and the St Andrews Meridian Line. Hear about why its first observatory was demolished and about a near-forgotten 16th-century university dwelling. Learn also about the lost treasure of St Andrews Cathedral and why it may still be here, as Richard discloses the latest developments in his research and much more besides on this fascinating insightful introduction to St Andrews - and all in an hour and a half!

St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

7. St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

Take a full-day trip from Edinburgh and discover the natural beauty of the Fife coast, taking in quaint fishing villages, abbey’s, and the famous university town of St. Andrews, led by an expert guide. From Edinburgh head to South Queensferry and take a look at 2 of the most remarkable bridges in the world–the Forth Rail Bridge built in 1890, and it’s much younger neighbor, the Forth Road bridge. Cross the River Forth and stop-off at the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of King Robert the Bruce. See the gold ornate tomb, and learn about the effect of the reformation on the Abbey, when under Henry VIII’s rule churches were destroyed, supposedly in the name of God. Travel along the Fife coast passing Carnegie Hall, the birthplace of world-famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Stop-off at charming little fishing villages, including Anstruther, an old Herring stronghold. Try the best fish and chips in Scotland, or have a snack at the Fisheries Museum. Continue on to St. Andrews, home of golf, religion, and the famous university. Here you will spend 2.5 hours. Explore the beautiful settings, in good weather the beach featuring in the movie Chariots of Fire is particularly popular, as are the 16th Century tunnels under the castle. Golf lovers may want to pay respects at the grave of Tom Morris, visit the Golf Museum, try out the Links Course Putting Green, or simply walk along Granny Clark’s Wynd–a public right-of-way running over the old course.

St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

8. St. Andrews: Sightseeing Walking Tour

Following author and historical expert Richard Falconer, learn the history of St. Andrews while exploring the major historic quarters of the city. Visit St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews Castle, Scotland's oldest university, and the Old Course. Set with the backdrop of Fife’s rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, thundering seas, long golden sands, and medieval buildings, discover an incredible wealth of treasures in St. Andrews with your expert guide. As you explore, discover the history and stories of the city. Visit St. Andrews Links, known as The Home of Golf, and learn about Old Course, the most prestigious golf course in the world. Hear about royalty through the ages from Pictish kings to Mary, Queen of Scots, to Prince William and Kate. Then, learn about the Scottish inventor of the kaleidoscope that lost out on millions here. Whatever your interests, this is a great way for anyone looking to explore and find out more about this unique part of the world.

St Andrews and Falkland Palace Tour from Edinburgh

9. St Andrews and Falkland Palace Tour from Edinburgh

Head north to Fife on a full day of exploring, departing from Edinburgh. You will get a sample of life in the area and come to understand the culture and history of the region. Your trip begins as you cross the Firth of Forth, passing the famous Forth Railway Bridge, before your first stop, St. Andrews. The town boasts a stunning beach, great cafes and shops, a beautiful university, and an ancient cathedral. Additionally, it is known as the spiritual home of golf. Next, continue west to Falkland, a beautiful village frozen in time. You can browse the craft shops or visit Falkland Palace, which has the oldest tennis courts in use anywhere in the world. Then make your way to a forgotten corner of Fife, East Neuk. Here you will pass through historic fishing villages and take in the stunning coastal scenery. At the end of your exploring, make a final stop in Anstruther and enjoy a fish supper feast, a meal fit for a Scot!

St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

10. St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

The first stop of your tour is just outside of Edinburgh at the South Queensferry. Here you will see the beautiful and spectacular works of industrial engineering, the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Forth Bridge. Then you will head to your next stop of the tour.  Your second stop of the tour is St. Andrews. This seaside town is known for being the home of golf, but that is not all. See the historic coastline and visit the beach where the mythical scene of Chariots of Fire was filmed. When you arrive your guide will take you on a walking tour of St. Andrews where you will learn about the history and tales of the town. You will then have free time to explore St. Andrews on your own. After exploring St. Andrews continues on to Dunnottar Castle. This castle is situated on a cliff facing the North Sea and is considered by many to be the most beautiful castle in Scotland. Then start heading back towards Edinburgh, stopping at the small village of Falkland along the way. This village is famous for its beauty and for being the perfect setting to represent Inverness in the Outlander series.

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What people are saying about St Andrews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 787 reviews

Being over 65 I was a bit apprehensive when I saw the size of the bus because I thought I would struggle to get on and off. It was so easy and comfortable and I liked that it had single seats on one side. The driver and tour guide, Charlie, was brilliant He was full of information and quirky stories and played some very appropriate music to keep us all engaged. We had time at the stops to wander about and do our own thing and he gave us lots of tips on where to find different types of food and drink. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I'm only sorry that I did not have any cash on me to give him a tip. He really deserves it.

Great tour saw lots of Fife villages with a stop for lunch. Went to St Andrew’s and had lots of time to explore. Especially the Golf course. Nice to leave the driving to someone else.

This was a great way to get some fascinating history of St Andrews in a short amount of time. Our guide was informative, witty, and very knowledgeable. A great introduction to SA

Our guide Brian was excellent, informative and funny. We enjoyed the info and stops along the way and spent 2+ hours at St. Andrews.

It was a fabulous tour with Richard. He is so knowledgeable and well spoken