Guided tour

St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

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Activity provider: St Andrews Tours

St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

Activity provider: St Andrews Tours

From US$ 16.88 per person

Discover St Andrews from a unique historical perspective on a walking tour in the company of Richard Falconer, a local guide who has dedicated his life's research to its lost history.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
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 Bishop'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 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!
  • Professional historian guide
    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
    • Unaccompanied minors

    Know before you go

    • Participants must understand English well
    • This tour will take place rain or shine, but may be cancelled if the weather is too extreme.
    • 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 behaviour will not be tolerated—anyone under the influence of alcohol may be asked to leave with no refund
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 14 reviews

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    Knowledgeable and interesting guide Made good use of the time available

    September 28, 2022

    The guide was very knowledgeable . Showed us a lot in a short period of time throwing in a little humor here and there

    September 22, 2022

    September 22, 2022

    Product ID: 283867