Kingdom of Fife, Royal Palace & Fishing Villages

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The district of Fife can be traced back to the Pictish Kingdom of Fib in the centuries after the departure of the Romans. Visit Falkland Palace & Garden to explore the royal ‘pleasure palace’ that was once a favoured retreat of the royal Stuarts and the rustic villages and charming towns which conspire to give the region a certain character. St Andrews town is undoubtedly the best kept jewel in Fife's crown and we end the day exploring the historic fishing villages of Anstruther and Crail where charming cobbled streets tumble down to the miniature harbour surrounded by quaint fishing cottages.

*Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
*Private tour.
*Bottled water.
*Live commentary on board.
*Transport by Luxury Land Rover Discovery or air-conditioned 8 seat VW People Carrier.

*Entrance fees.
*Food and drinks.
*Gratuities (optional).

1st stop

Firth of Forth & South Queensferry

The tour begins with a journey over the Firth of Forth with fantastic views to the famous Forth Rail Bridge. Opened in 1890, the bridge is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered an iconic structure and a symbol of Scotland. An impressive 3,000 tonnes of steel and 6.5 million rivets were used in its construction and the structure combines utility, beauty, and nerve-tingling sublimity in equal proportions. We cross the river Forth into the ancient Kingdom of Fife.

2nd stop

Falkland Palace

We make our way through the Kingdom of Fife to Falkland Palace. This furnished historic palace was once the favoured place of retreat and leisure for the Stuart Kings and Queens of Scotland, including Mary Queen of Scots. Explore this treasure trove of fascinating 17th-century artefacts, see the magnificent Chapel Royal, and walk in the colourful and diverse grounds, home to the world’s oldest surviving real tennis court before we make our way to the ancient and historic town of St. Andrews.

3rd stop

St. Andrews

Arriving in St. Andrews, enjoy some free-time exploring the medieval centre of the town, consisting of narrow alleys and cobbled streets with shops, restaurants and cafés. You can also view the remains of St. Andrews Castle, and the now ruined Cathedral. The University of St. Andrews dominates the centre of town - the third oldest in the English-speaking world founded in 1410. Known worldwide as the "Home of Golf", the St. Andrews Old Course is also worth a visit.

4th stop

East Neuk fishing villages

Our return journey takes us down the coast and visit the charming East Neuk fishing villages, Neuk' being the old Scots word for corner. The delightful East Neuk villages, nestling amongst the natural harbours of the coastline, are testimony to the heritage of sea-fishing that still lives on in this area. We will stop at the villages of Anstruther and Crail which have the prettiest harbours and are well known for their shellfish before travelling south back to Edinburgh.

Tour Information

Pick up/Drop Off: We will collect and return you to your hotel

Duration: 8 hours

Included: Luxury 8 seater transport and driver-guide

Not included: Entry fees, lunch, beverages, gratuities

Note: Our day tours are suitable for guests looking to tour for one day only, with return journey to the point of collection. If you are looking for a longer trip with an itinerary to suit you, have a look at our tours page for some ideas and get in touch with us.