St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
from £40.70
Contrast elegant architecture with sweeping coastal views. Compare the ruins of a wind-swept castle with the curves of an ancient golf course. And visit Scottish villages and towns that offer far more than their small size should allow.

An ancient university, breathtaking medieval ruins, and quaint coastal villages: explore all this and more on our adventure through Fife.
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In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
8 hours 30 minutes
Important InfoInfo
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Stop At: Forth Bridge, North Queensferry KY11 1HP Scotland

You travel over the Queensferry Crossing, and get a great view of one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks, the Forth Rail Bridge.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Anstruther Harbour, Shore Street, Anstruther Scotland

Stop in the traditional fishing village of Anstruther (known as 'Ainster' locally), where you can check out the old cobbled streets and take a walk along the seafront to the harbour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St Andrews Links, St Andrews KY16 9SF, UK

Free time in St. Andrews to visit the sites that interest you most.

St. Andrews Cathedral - This ruined cathedral was once one of Scotland’s most magnificent buildings.

St Andrews Old Town - Immerse yourself in 1,000 years of history as you explore the winding streets and ancient castle.

The Old Course - Golf was so popular in Scotland, it was banned in the 15th century. And nowhere was it more popular than in St Andrews, ‘the Home of Golf’.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Falkland Palace & Garden, 11 miles north of Kirkcaldy, Falkland KY15 7BY Scotland

After St Andrews, we take a pleasant drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife to Falkland. Falkland Palace dominates this old village, and was one of the main residences of the old Royal family of Scotland, the Stewarts (Stuarts). Aside from the palace the village is simply one of the most beautiful in Scotland with an array of old cottages and narrow winding streets.

Passengers here have free time to wander around the village of Falkland or visit the palace. ** Please note the palace is closed over winter season (Nov - Feb)

Duration: 1 hour


  • Professional driver/guide
  • Transport by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small Group (max 16 people) for a more personal experience


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Admission fees
  • Entry/Admission - St Andrews Links
  • Entry/Admission - Falkland Palace & Garden

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Departure Point

Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only.
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Excellent tour guide! Energetic, humorous, and informative. We loved exploring St. Andrews with the town square, ruins of the cathedral, and university. Added bonuses to our intent of just seeing the Old Course of St. Andrews. Plenty of time to walk about, enjoy a quick lunch of fish n chips, and shop at the golf shops. The small fishing village of Fife was also lovely with a quick coffee stop, bathroom break, and boutique shopping where we purchased a few newborn outfits for our baby.
• Submitted 16 Dec 2019
We went on this trip with Roland from Rabbies. The bus was small but comfortable and he did an amazing job of pointing out sites and trying to recreate the atmosphere with voices, songs and music- honestly so funny! He was really helpful with recommendations at each stop. The stops themselves were wonderful- so beautiful each had something to do. St. Andrews is amazing whether or not you like golf
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
Excellent tour and fabulous tour guide, Roland. Let Rabbie’s know please. Backed a lot into 8 hours.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2019
We had such a great time on this tour and Eric N was a fantastic tour guide. Plenty of time to explore on your own and the village stops are great.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
We had a great time seeing St. Andrews! Richard was an informative guide, and he gave a great recommendation for lunch - Blackhorn Burgers. We enjoyed the quick stop at the quaint Fishing Village at Anstruther and even more fun seeing the sights in St. Andrews. The ruins are amazing with the backdrop of the ocean behind them, golf was being played, students were busy at the University there, and shops were a delight.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour from start to finish. Our tour guide Francizca was amazing. She was very witty warm and welcoming and interacted with everybody all day. Her knowledge of the places we visited was mind blowing and they way she told the stories about each place was so interesting and mesmerising. We also had a lots time in all our stops. We would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
We enjoyed our personal small group tour to St. Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife. Our guide Richard was very informative and knowledgeable regarding the surrounding areas. Since my husband and I are both golfers it would have been nice if there was additional time allocated in St. Andrews. There is a lot to see walking and exploring this historic town.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
Our tour guide Graeme made this trip an absolute delight! Enjoyed the entire tour and would recommend it for anyone wanting to see Scotland outside of Edinburgh. Also a must for golfers!
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
A great trip touring the coastline of Fife and then to an iconic golf coast that fulfilled a lifelong dream. Richard was a great tour guild. I would recommend to anyone, golf fan or not.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2019
What a lovely place to visit, there is much to do! We’d love to golf there, just so we could brag about it!
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Our hide Graham T of Rabbiies tours was superb. A great tour. Well worth it. Highly recommend the small group tours with Tabbies
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Saw a small village with time to visit and stretch and then to St. Andrews with lots of time to wander and eat. Roland was wonderful. Full of information and humor. And was easy to understand. I would recommend him. But he did use a word
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Fantastic tour. Our tour guide was very engaging and knowledgable. He spoke clearly and narrated almost the entire time. You could spend an entire afternoon in St Andrews. Lovely town. We fit in an old course golf tour while on this tour. Tix pre purchased and the timing worked beautifully. So that did cut down on our time in the town. Still well worth doing both.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
Ask for Roland's tour...outstanding! Informative,engaging, entertaining, Connecting with tour at coffee shop is simple
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
This is a great tour. The guide, Jodie, was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. There was plenty of time at the stops to explore. Jodie is a wealth of information about the area. The tour was exactly what we had hoped for. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
Bruce was a wonderful guide. Walking on the golf course was a great experience. A very nice lunch at the Tail End is not to be missed. Fauklands excursion a real bonus
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Small group tour, enjoyed all three stops, fishing village, st andrews and falkan palace. Driver was entertaining and knowledgeable. Bus a little cramped but sight lines enabled geat site seeing while driving.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
This trip was amazing. I got to finally cross off St. Andrews on my bucket list. I highly recommend. The guide was super funny and knew his history.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2019
Neil was a great tour guide!!! He gave us a lot of information about Scotland throughout the day and even played Scottish tunes for us to enjoy. We had plenty of time at each stop to take pictures and do what we wanted. I especially like how he gave us a bus tour through St Andrews before dropping us off for 3.5 hours of free time. He also gave us the option of dropping us off on South Street for shopping or dropping us off at the Old Course. We were able to visit the Old Course for pictures, walk around the University, visit St. Rules Tower, St. Andrews Cathedral and St. Andrews Castle in the 3.5 hours of free time. We took this tour on Sunday, August 4. One thing to note is on Sundays the Old Course is closed for golf, but open to stroll along. We were not aware of this ahead of time, but that is a good thing. We were able to take pictures on the 1st Hole of the Old Course and take a pictures on the famous bridge. From what we were told, when the course is open you cannot go on the bridge or on the 1st Hole.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2019
We had a wonderful day full of beautiful scenery and a lot of history info from our driver, Ian. He was very pleasant to be with for the full day. He gave us a lot of information along our drive. He was very knowledgeable about the area. I liked that it was a small group of people. The bus was clean and comfortable.
• Submitted 07 Aug 2019
Amazing trip. Gorgeous fishing villages and St Andrews was one of a kind. The guide was awesome, knowledgeable and humorous. Strongly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2019
Excellent one day trip with nicely timed breaks to stretch the legs. Eric our driver filled the driving stretches with great stories and commentary of the sites we passed. Plenty of time to explore St Andrews and Falkland Castle with good tips given by Eric
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
This was a fantastic trip! St Andrew's is such a beautiful place, and being non-golfers, we even enjoyed visiting the golf courses! Having an exceptionally warm and sunny day certainly helped! We had lots of time at each stop and a wonderful tour guide. Fransiska was an awesome, filling us in with lots of stories, history and recommendations.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
St Andrews is an incredibly beautiful place. Our guide Richard included us with a huge amount of information, gave us good tips, explained the way to the sights we wanted to see. And again, St Andrews is a place to be, it must be visited. Most impressed us the cathedral.  
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019

In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
8 hours 30 minutes

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