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St. Andrews: Golf History Tour - Town and Old Course

1. St. Andrews: Golf History Tour - Town and Old Course

After meeting your guide outside Hotel du Vin, you will see the former birthplace of Old Tom Morris before heading into the quadrangle of St. Salvator’s College to learn about Scotland's oldest university. Along with a few other points of interest along the way, the cathedral grounds are the next landmark on the tour. Resting there are some 124 golfing greats, including some of the Tom Morris family and Allan Robertson. Walking then along the beautiful coastline, you'll overlook St. Andrews Bay as you travel to the former Archbishops Palace where the darker history of the town continues. It is there that Richard will succinctly put golf and the history of St. Andrews into perspective. From there you'll travel further along university buildings, the Principals House, and the residence where Prince William and Kate spent their first year as students. Head to the Old Course and hear about the early development of the game of golf and how it developed in St Andrews and became the Home of Golf. Walk by the first fairway hearing about some of the quarks of the game which have shaped its remarkable history, and iconic buildings overlooking the course. The tour then finishes at the Swilkan Bridge where you will be able to have your photo taken on the bridge. You can then head to the Jigger Inn to relax and ponder the many heady days of St. Andrews.

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

2. From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

Travel through the historic country of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh aboard an airconditioned bus. Dive into sights that you see along the way with live commentary. Stop in the charming towns of Anstruther, St. Andrews, and South Queensferry. Leave Edinburgh and admire views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge as you cross the Firth of Forth, and enter into the ancient “Kingdom of Fife.” Pass through Aberdour before continuing into the East Neuk of Fife.  Take in the views as you pass thorugh the picturesque villages of St. Monans and Pittenween, which were once thriving fishing. Reach the town of Anstruther, the home of the Scottish Fisheries Museum, where the bus will make a stop.  Leaving Anstruther, journey through Crail and then arrive in the beautiful medieval town of St. Andrews in time for lunch. Have free time to walk around the town which is famous as the home of golf and has the best-known golf course in the world. Spend your three-hours of free time purchasing lunch, walking down cobbled streets, seeing the ruins of the cathedral and castle, or visiting Scotland’s oldest university, where Prince William met Kate Middleton. Heading homewards, travel across the Lomond hills, descending to Loch Leven (where Mary Queen of Scot was imprisoned). Make a brief stop to admire magnificent views of the Forth Bridges in South Queensferry before returning to Edinburgh.

St Andrews: Ghost Walking Tour

3. St Andrews: Ghost Walking Tour

Get a unique introduction to the landmarks of St. Andrews on an entertaining and informative walking tour. Join an acclaimed author and authority on the paranormal to learn the ghostly history of what is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the world. Join historian Richard Falconer, who has written three books spanning five decades of research. Learn a wealth of lost or forgotten history alongside many published and unpublished supernatural experiences. Marvel at the monuments from the outside, including the first university in Scotland, where Prince William met Kate, and the haunted dwellings of Mary Queen of Scots. Discover the most haunted road in Scotland, and see the eerie ruins of the cathedral and Archbishop's Palace. Described as a must-do experience in St. Andrews, these informative and entertaining tours are available 7 days a week at multiple times.

Edinburgh: Stirling, Whisky and St Andrews Tour in Spanish

4. Edinburgh: Stirling, Whisky and St Andrews Tour in Spanish

Make your own way to the meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town, and hop onto a coach or minivan. Head to Stirling, a medieval city that played a vital role in Scottish history. Look out for the imposing Stirling Castle, which sits on mound of volcanic rock, overlooking the town and surrounding region. If you choose to, you can enter the royal fortress and walk through the royal chambers, once home to Scottish kings and queens. Explore for around an hour before you travel to a nearby whisky distillery. Walk through the brewery to discover the steps it takes to produce the spirit. Finish your visit with a sample of whisky. Continue on to the coastal town of St Andrews. Hear your guide recount the story of the city's past and explain its connection to Catholicism. On arrival, enjoy free time to wander around. View the remains of the ruined cathedral, once the biggest Catholic church in Scotland, or visit the renowned Old Course, the world's oldest golf course. Take the opportunity to eat lunch here and after around two hours in St Andrews, begin the journey back to Edinburgh. Make one last stop in the village of South Queensferry to admire views of the Forth Bridge, an iconic Victorian structure, before your drive back to Edinburgh Old Town.

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

5. From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fife's Fishing Villages

Enjoy a full-day van excursion into the Kingdom of Fife from Edinburgh. Discover the home of golf in St. Andrews, walk thorugh the cobbled streets of Anstruther, and learn about Scottish royal history in the charming village of Falkland. Depart in the morning from Edinburgh, heading north via the Forth Road Bridge. Enjoy sweeping view across the Forth Rail Bridge, one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks, at 1.5 miles in length. Cross the bridge into the Kingdom of Fife. Its easternmost stretch of coastline is home to a string of picturesque villages, each having a distinctive character and charm. Stop in the traditional fishing village of Anstruther Stroll down old cobbled streets and the network of alleyways and wynds. Enjoy a walk along the seafront to the harbor. From Anstruther travel north to the medieval town of St. Andrews, where you’ll see its huge Norman cathedral, known to be the largest in Scotland. View the oldest University in Scotland which dates back 6 centuries. Have plenty of time to explore this ancient and interesting town. Drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife which is dotted with small villages and farms until you reach Falkland. Admire views of Falkland Palace which dominates this old village, and was one of the main residences of the Stewarts, an important royal family in Scottish history. See an array of old cottages as you make your way through narrow winding streets. Take some time to wander around the village or stop at one of its traditional pubs or tearooms before hopping back on the bus for the drive back to Edinburgh.

St Andrews: Old Course History Tour - 80s Pro Caddie Guide

6. St Andrews: Old Course History Tour - 80s Pro Caddie Guide

Find out about the early development of the game of golf, the R & A and the Old Course in St Andrews with your guide Richard Falconer. He will take you on a journey through a golfing timeline to explore the many facets of the game here, and why the game of golf we know and love may not be as old as you think. As an author, historian and a 1980s Pro A1 Old Course Caddie, Richard will tell you how golfing on the Old Course differs from what it was like back in the day and why you can't see his old Caddie Shack for the Old Course during the Open. You will find out why Nike bought a hotel on Golf Place for a week and see the oldest golf shop in the world. As you stroll by the first fairway you will hear about early St Andrews golfing pioneers Allan Robertson, along with Young and Old Tom Morris and the birth of the Open Championship. About the American Thomas Hamilton, who (inadvertently) raised the profile of the game. Learn about the landmarks forming an integral part of this unique course, including the stages of organic development the Old Course went through that would see 18 holes as a global standard. Then across Granny Clarks Wynd - the widest fairway in the game learning about tee-off chaos, and a little about Tiger, Rory and Sean Connery. Once by the Rusacks Hotel, find out why a lady called Doreen Stubbs was so sought after in St Andrews by golfing greats and Hollywood stars right up to her recent passing. You will also find out about such things as bulletproof windows, rubber roofs, the Himalayas, reversed bunkers, red and white flags, rabbit wars, railway legacies and much much more! Plus: Have a photo shoot on the Swilkan Bridge, followed by memories of Road Hole blunders and mishaps. Then finish your tour by the famed Old Course Jigger Inn, where you can enjoy refreshments overlooking the 17th fairway (not included). And all this in a jam-packed one-hour walking tour filled with golfing heritage! There are also plenty of daily tour options for you to choose from: April to September: 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, 5:30 pm* October to March: 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm* (Sundays through the year - Walk the Old Course fairway - excludes championship/tournament days) *Check the booking calendar for availability Richards Tours are endorsed by famed St Andrews Golf Historian David Joy.

St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

7. St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

Take a full-day trip from Edinburgh and discover the natural beauty of the Fife coast, taking in quaint fishing villages, abbey’s, and the famous university town of St. Andrews, led by an expert guide. From Edinburgh head to South Queensferry and take a look at 2 of the most remarkable bridges in the world–the Forth Rail Bridge built in 1890, and it’s much younger neighbor, the Forth Road bridge. Cross the River Forth and stop-off at the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of King Robert the Bruce. See the gold ornate tomb, and learn about the effect of the reformation on the Abbey, when under Henry VIII’s rule churches were destroyed, supposedly in the name of God. Travel along the Fife coast passing Carnegie Hall, the birthplace of world-famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Stop-off at charming little fishing villages, including Anstruther, an old Herring stronghold. Try the best fish and chips in Scotland, or have a snack at the Fisheries Museum. Continue on to St. Andrews, home of golf, religion, and the famous university. Here you will spend 2.5 hours. Explore the beautiful settings, in good weather the beach featuring in the movie Chariots of Fire is particularly popular, as are the 16th Century tunnels under the castle. Golf lovers may want to pay respects at the grave of Tom Morris, visit the Golf Museum, try out the Links Course Putting Green, or simply walk along Granny Clark’s Wynd–a public right-of-way running over the old course.

St Andrews: Guided Walking Tour

8. St Andrews: Guided Walking Tour

In this 2-hour leisurely and family-friendly tour, you'll see all of the main sights of St Andrew's town, whilst learning about its history and the unique culture that still stands today. From golf ties, royal family connections and of course, the world-class University - you'll see it all! See St Andrews' Cathedral and Castle, The Old Course, The University of Saint Andrews, St. Salvator's Chapel, and many more hidden gems too. Each guide has their own unique stories about the town so each tour is unique in it's own way.

St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

9. St Andrews: 90-Minute Historical Walking Tour

Discover the best of St Andrews on this walking tour and immerse yourself in the city's unique history and beauty in the company of Richard Falconer, a professional author/historian and guide. Richard has been researching the town's history for over 40 years and will take you on a journey that includes its lost and forgotten history spanning over 2000 years. You will learn how it has been a spiritual centre since 500 BC and its royal connections through the Pictish Kings, Robert the Bruce, Mary of Guise, James V, Mary Queen of Scots and Prince William. Discover off-the-beaten-track locations and gems such as the former Scottish seat of the Knights Templar and the St Andrews Meridian Line. Hear about why its first observatory was demolished and about a near-forgotten 16th-century university dwelling. Learn also about the lost treasure of St Andrews Cathedral and why it may still be here, as Richard discloses the latest developments in his research and much more besides on this fascinating insightful introduction to St Andrews - and all in an hour and a half!

St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

10. St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

The first stop of your tour is just outside of Edinburgh at the South Queensferry. Here you will see the beautiful and spectacular works of industrial engineering, the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Forth Bridge. Then you will head to your next stop of the tour.  Your second stop of the tour is St. Andrews. This seaside town is known for being the home of golf, but that is not all. See the historic coastline and visit the beach where the mythical scene of Chariots of Fire was filmed. When you arrive your guide will take you on a walking tour of St. Andrews where you will learn about the history and tales of the town. You will then have free time to explore St. Andrews on your own. After exploring St. Andrews continues on to Dunnottar Castle. This castle is situated on a cliff facing the North Sea and is considered by many to be the most beautiful castle in Scotland. Then start heading back towards Edinburgh, stopping at the small village of Falkland along the way. This village is famous for its beauty and for being the perfect setting to represent Inverness in the Outlander series.

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brilliant tour, stop of at a seaside place for refreshments then onto st andrews where you can explore for 3 hours! then on the way back to edinburgh stop of at falkland a scottish village. i cant remember the name of the tour guide, but he was very friendly told us lots of info and answered all our questions

Richard was a wonderful guide and really knew his history. We saw a lot of interesting places and the highlight was standing on The Old Course 18th green at St. Andrew’s. Lifetime memories were made.

Amy the tour guide was extraordinary, it was the perfect way to learn about St Andrews history, British and worldwide impact and highlights of the town.

It was such an amazing and most memorable and wonderful experience of my life, specially drive Duggy was amazing. Truly best tour of my life

St Andrews is a quaint cute little town. Our guide Declan was fun and informative. The ride was smooth and comfortable.