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St Andrew's, Falkland, & East Neuk Edinburgh Shore Excursion

Duration

 

 8 Hours

Inveraray Castle

Location

Fife

Tour Type

Private 

Oban Whisky Distillery

Group Size

Up To 8

Kilchurn castle

Language

English 

Description

Ahoy shipmates.. Maximise your time ashore and visit one of Scotland’s most famous towns. St Andrews is an ancient town nestled on the east coast of Scotland which was an important location for holy pilgrimage. Not only considered the home of golf but it has an array of beautiful and historical buildings with the third oldest University in the English-speaking world. 

 

This tour also has the benefits of visiting the town of Falkland used in the tv series Outlander and home to Falkland Palace and said to be one of the places Mary Queen of Scots favoured the most. 

 

Before ending the tour, we explore the fishing villages of East Neuk which can include Crail, Pittenweem, & Anstruther.

Please Note: Start and end times are flexible to suit the ships docking schedule.

Itinerary Highlights

Total Duration: 8 Hours Approx

St Andrews, Falkland & the East Neuk Villages of Fife

Route Map

Tour Information

Tour Information

​Departure & return

Tour will start South Queensferry or any Edinburgh port and will end at the same location.

Check In 0815

Departs 0830

End Time (1630) Approx

**All times are flexible to work in with the embarkation/disembarkation times of the cruise ship. 

What to bring

 

It is recommended to pack suitable footwear for hiking, waterproof clothing, umbrella, suncream and midge spray (insect repellent). We can get all 4 seasons in one day in Scotland!

Child seat regulations

Due to insurance policies we regret we do not carry children under the age of 2.  Children must normally use a child car seat until they're 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first.

What's included

  • Private use of our luxurious 7 seat Mercedes V Class minivan or similar

  • Dual Air Conditioned Vehicle

  • Experienced Driver/Guide

  • Bottled Scottish Water 

What's not included 

  • Entry to Visitor Attractions 

  • Meals 

Cancellation policy

If you cancel your reservation 14 days before departure date a full refund will be given minus the 20% non-refundable deposit.

Added Protection: In the event your ship is unable to dock for whatever reason – you will receive a full refund minus the 20% deposit.

Full T&C's can be found here

Know before you go

  • Lunch reservations can be made prior to the tour. We recommend Tom Morris Bar & Grill or The Jigger Inn

  • Tour can be altered to include Dunfermline Abbey instead of Falkland or East Neuk

  • If entry to Falkland Palace is requested we can adjust timings.

  • Tour can be done clockwise or anticlockwise (Falkland first stop or last)

  • Try Putting on the Himalaya's putting green with views to the Swilcan Bridge

Tour Itinerary

Tour Itinerary 

Starting your tour from the port of South Queensferry, we will drive 40 minutes East for our first main stop of the day - the historic village of Falkland. We have around 30-45 minutes here to have a wonder around the village and grab a coffee and sweet treat. This village was used in the popular TV show ‘Outlander’ acting as the town of Inverness, so you may recognise the Bruce Fountain from season 1. You will also see the outside of the magnificent Falkland Palace. This is where James V died from an illness induced by shock and grief of his army’s defeat at Solway Moss. Driving out of Falkland we will journey 40 minutes east towards the town of St Andrews; passing through farmland and small villages. Arriving in St Andrews your guide will drive around the town pointing out attractions and points of interest before dropping you in the town to give you time to explore as you please - maybe enjoy some lunch at the famous Tom Morris restaurant at the St Andrews Links Clubhouse (Advanced booking recommended) or grab something light as you wonder around the town. Another option could be to visit the main sites, such as the Wardlaw Museum, St Andrews Castle, Cathedral and Golf Course, then get your guide to take you to the Cheesy Toast Shack on East Beach on the way out of the town. Others may wish to recreate the scene from the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire on West Beach or putt some balls on the famous Himalayas Putting green which also offers fantastic views of the 18th green and clubhouse for the Old Course. No visit would be complete without that famous picture of the 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge. This is all entirely down to your preference, and we can make recommendations of what to do and see in the town on the day or contact us before the tour to help maximise your time in the town. We will have around 2 -2.5 hours here. After St Andrews we will spend the latter part of the day driving down to East Neuk to visit the quaint fishing villages of Crail, Pittenweem & Anstruther. Visit all three villages for photos or concentrate on one or two villages spending a little longer there. You may wish to pick up some Fish & Chips at the famous Anstruther Fish Bar or save yourself for arrival back into Edinburgh. We will leave the last village around 1600 to drive back to the port to get you onboard in plenty of time. Arrival back will be approximately 1630

Attractions 

Attractions

Below we have added links to attractions that can be done on this tour.

FAQ

Tour FAQ's

FAQ

Our FAQ's can be found here but FAQ's specific to this tour are below:

Should we make lunch reservations? Lunch reservations are reccomended. We like the Tom Morris restaurant which offers views onto the old course. If you prefer to spend more time enjoying the town and want a quick lunch the cheesy toast shack on the edge of town is highly reccomeded.

How much time do we have in St Andrew's We have planned for 2- 2.5 hours but this can be less or more depending on each group

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