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St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

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St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

From US$ 19.22 per person

Discover St Andrews from a unique historical perspective on a walking tour in the company of a local guide who has dedicated his life's research to the forgotten history of this Scottish town.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Get off the beaten track and discover St Andrews' remarkable history
  • Take in the beautiful Colleges of St Andrews University, the oldest in Scotland and the 3rd oldest in the English-speaking world
  • Marvel at the iconic Cathedral ruins and find out why it was constructed and how it was destroyed
  • Discover the Archbishop's Palace and 2 former residences of Mary Queen of Scots
Full description
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 a professional historian/author guide. During the tour, admire the beauty of the city's prestigious university and learn more about its history as the 'Home of Golf'. You can even see the graves of some former golfing greats in the Cathedral grounds. Listen to your guide as he explains over 1000 years of St Andrews' history, from the rise and fall of the Catholic church to the Reformation and beyond, with Kings and Queens including Mary Queen of Scots, and up to the present with Hollywood stars and royalty mingling with the town's people. In 1879, some 320 years following the disappearance of St Andrews' priceless artifacts, Councillor William Linskill had a notion that the Cathedral's great treasures were still here. On the basis of a discovery at the Palace, he formed the St Andrews Antiquarian Society and armed with nothing more than a couple of workmen with spades he made it his life's work to find it. For over 40 years your guide has been continuing Linskill’s research. On this tour, discover what he has unearthed and hear about the latest developments in his research.
  • Professional historian guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Restaurant bookings
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet outside the Dolls House Restaurant, Church Square, St. Andrews KY16 9NN. Look for the local operator's name board in front of the restaurant behind Holy Trinity Church.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Please contact the local partner for availability if you wish to book the tour for more than 10 people
  • Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 5 years old can take part in the tour free of charge
  • Strictly no alcohol is to be consumed on the tour and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated—anyone under the influence of alcohol may be asked to leave with no refund
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 6 reviews

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Most informative guided tour thank to our very knowledgable and friendly guide. He was very helpful indeed, answering all our questions and letting us walk at our own (slow!) pace. Most enjoyable experience.

September 23, 2021

September 3, 2021

This tour is a must!! Richard personally researches the history of St. Andrews and shares historically accurate information and stories. This is not a myths and legends tour -- you will leave feeling informed and appreciative of the rich history this lovely town has to offer!

August 11, 2021

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