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From Edinburgh: Kingdom of Fife, St Andrews, and Whisky Tour

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Travel to the ancient Kingdom of Fife on a day trip. Explore the charming town of Falkland, wander the historic golfing mecca of St Andrews, and enjoy a fascinating visit to one of Scotland’s newest malt whisky distilleries.
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Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 9:15 AM
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Live tour guide
English

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Experience

Highlights
  • Stop off in Falkland Village, notable for its quiet streets and Royal Palace.
  • Visit the historic town of St. Andrews including the castle, cathedral, beaches, and famous golf course
  • Learn about malt whisky production and enjoy a wee dram on a tour of Kingsbarns Distillery
Full description
Depart from Edinburgh in the morning and make your first stop at the magnificent Forth bridges at South Queensferry. There has been a crossing here since the 11th century when Queen Margaret established a ferry service to transport pilgrims from Edinburgh to Dunfermline Abbey and St Andrews. Upon opening in 1890 the Forth Rail Bridge was the largest steel structure in the world and is one of the major engineering achievements of the Victorian age.

Cross the River Forth into the ancient Kingdom of Fife, where you will skirt the famous Loch Leven where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned on an island between 1567-1568 prior to her dramatic escape and bloody execution. Arrive at picturesque Falkland which is Scotland’s first conservation village and is famed for quaint streets and Royal Palace. This was a country residence of the Stuart dynasty and favourite of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Next, travel to St Andrews at lunchtime and after a short familiarisation tour, you will have a minimum of two-and-a-half hours to explore this compact and historic town. St Andrews is internationally renowned as the "Home of Golf" and you will have plenty of time to see the famous Old Course - a place of pilgrimage for golfers of all abilities. In addition, the oldest University in Scotland, established in 1411, is located here and its architectural legacy can be seen all over town.

Take a short drive from St Andrews to Kingsbarns Distillery. One of Scotland’s newest malt distilleries, get a fascinating insight into whisky production in converted farm buildings which produce a fruity Lowland single malt from Fife-grown barley as well as numerous tasty gins. As well as an excellent tour and tasting, enjoy the café, exhibition, and access to the beach and the world-renowned Kingsbarns Golf Course. Take the route back to Edinburgh which passes through the charming landscapes of the East Neuk of Fife.
Includes
  • Guided tour in English
  • Small-group tour with a maximum 16 participants
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transportation by comfortable mini-coach
  • Kingsbarns Distillery tour and tasting
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

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Meeting point

Bus Stop ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that this tour is not suitable for children under 5 years of age
• In the event of a tour being cancelled by the local partner, clients will be promptly informed and offered either a transfer to a substitute tour, an alternative tour, or a full refund
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Heart of Scotland Tours

Product ID: 321698