St Andrews Day Tour from Edinburgh
Discover the beautiful, picturesque seaside town of St Andrews on this day tour. Learn how it is much more than just a golf course, enjoy walks on its beaches, explore the castle and cathedral and indulge in this medieval market town.
Book a driver guide to pick you up in their vehicle, or book a step-on guide to join you in your vehicle to conduct the tour.
After leaving Edinburgh you will cross the dramatic Firth of Forth, whose name derives from the Norwegian word ‘fjord’ or sea inlet, and be able to see the remarkable 19th century UNESCO listed Forth Railway Bridge.
On the other side of the crossing is the Kingdom of Fife and your guide will tell you about its many Royal links as you drive through some very picturesque countryside.
You will pass by a loch featuring an island with a castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned and forced to abdicate.
St Andrews is not just the home of golf but also packed with history. The tour will take you to the famous Old Course Golf course with the Swilken Burn, the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse, the National Golf Museum and a fantastic stretch of golden sand where the award-winning movie “Chariots of Fire” was filmed.
Not far away are the ruins of the ancient St Andrews Castle which was once the palace of bishops but also a prison containing an infamous dungeon and a unique underground mine. Here you will learn about the Reformation of the 16th century – a violent struggle between Protestants and Catholics that made neither look especially good – see where one of the martyrs was burned at the stake and hear how the castle was taken by deception and the Cardinal killed.
Close by are the substantial remains of St Andrews Cathedral – once the centre of the catholic church in Scotland before the reformation in the 16th century which saw its replacement by the protestant movement. Robert the Bruce was present at the official opening of the Cathedral in the 14th century and over the years thousands of pilgrims came from all over Europe to worship the relics of St Andrew who was one of Christ’s disciples.
Your guide will also show you round the rest of the town which boasts many beautiful old buildings including St Salvator’s Chapel which is a place of worship for students from the town university founded in the early 15th century
The adjacent St Salvator’s College was where Prince William met Kate Middleton when they were both students and you can also visit a café where they used to spend time together.
Otherwise there are some excellent restaurants and some of the best fish and chip shops in Scotland.
Book a Guide for this Tour
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Full Day in English (Step-On Guide)
£275 – £325
Full Day in Another Language (Step-On Guide)
£315 – £365
Full Day Driver Guide
£540 – £650