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Tour Information

      8 hours

      Coach or Driver Guide tour. 1-2 hours walking in St Andrews, mostly level surfaces
    Group size: 1 – 53, depending on vehicle used
     Tickets required if visiting St Andrews Castle. Contact our Booking Service for group tickets.
     All venues and routes are wheelchair accessible

Leaving from Edinburgh take the A90 north, stopping at South Queensferry to admire the bridges over the River Forth—the Rail Bridge of 1890 which has UNESCO status, the current Road Bridge (1964), and the “ Queensferry Crossing” replacement bridge. (30 mins)

Queensferry has its name from Queen, later Saint, Margaret of Scotland who established a ferry here to bring pilgrims to St. Andrews.
You will then enter the Kingdom of Fife and travel north on the M90 . The quickest route from there is to take the A92 then A915 to St. Andrews.An alternative route is to follow A90 as far as Milnathort then take the A91 to St. Andrews. This route is more scenic ; you pass Loch Leven where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned, the lovely Lomond Hills. Both routes take approx 1 hour 10 mins from the bridges.

Travel alongside the River Eden estuary and enter the town. Turn left down Links Place to see the famous Old Course Golf course with the Swilken Burn, the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse, the Golf Museum and the fantastic stretch of golden sand of the West Sands beach (where the award-winning “Chariots of Fire” was filmed. Parking is available there.

Walking Tour
It is impossible to get lost in St. Andrews! There are 3 main parallel streets—North Street, Market Street and South Street. Maps are available from the tourist office in Market Street. Turn left form Links Place into “The Scores “ to reach the ruined Castle, once the palace of bishops but also a prison containing the infamous Bottle Dungeon and the unique underground mine. The double ticket bought here gives you admission to the Cathedral of St. Andrews, once the largest in Europe, and visited by pilgrims from all over the world. From here walk down South Street to see St. Leonard’s school, Byre Theatre, St Mary’s College, Holy Trinity Church, and the medieval West Port. You may also wish to include a visit to St Salvator’s College on North Street –where Kate met Wills!

Return to Edinburgh on the A917 via the charming east coast fishing villages of Crail, Anstruther, and Pittenweem, joining the A92 at Kirkcaldy.
Don’t forget the Fish and Chips ! Best in St. Andrews is the Tail End in Market Street.


How to Book a Guide for This Tour

There are two ways to book an STGA guide.

1. Browse through our guides using the blue Find Your Guide search box at the top of this page.

2. Contact our guide Booking Service using the enquiry form under the Find Your Guide search box. This puts you in direct contact with our staff – you tell us your requirements, and let us locate the right guide for your tour. A booking fee will apply – learn more about STGA booking fees.

Optional Venue Visits

St Andrews Joint Ticket: access to St Andrews Castle and Cathedral

Ticket Type Price
Adult (age 16-59) £8.00
Concession (age 60+) £6.40
Child (age 5-15) £4.80
Child Under 5 Free


Guide Rates for This Tour

Average rates charged by our guides for this tour are available below. The exact rate will be confirmed with you before payment. Learn more about STGA guiding rates.

Guide Service Average Rates
English Full Day £185 – £230
Language Full Day £235 – £280
Driver Guide (up to 8 passengers) £420 – £460


Need to Speak to a Human?

To speak to us directly, call our Booking Service on (+44) 01786 451 953.
Our office is open Monday – Friday, 09:00-17:00, including most bank holidays.