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St. Andrews Castle
St. Andrews Castle on the east coast of Scotland dates back to the 1100s and was home to the Archbishops of St. Andrews. It was once the main administrative center of the Scottish church. The castle was badly damaged during the Wars of Independence and little of the original castle remains today. The new castle was finished around 1400 and was built to be easily defended. Steep cliffs to the north and east protected the castle, and the building included thick curtain walls and ditches. Five square towers served as living space for the bishop, his large household, and guests. 

Later St. Andrews Castle served as a prison. Visitors can see the bottle dungeon where John Knox and George Wishart may have been imprisoned. Cardinal Beaton's body was also kept here after his murder. The mine gives visitors a sense of what medieval siege warfare was like. The castle also offers impressive views of the sea over the rugged rocky coast. 

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St. Andrews Castle is located 73 miles from Glasgow and 51 miles from Edinburgh. 
Address: The Scores, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Hours: Hours vary by season
Admission: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30
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St Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife from EdinburghDay Trips

St Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife from Edinburgh

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Explore St. Andrews and the Villages of Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. Admire fine views over the Forth Rail Bridge from South Queensferry en route into the Kingdom of Fife. Discover pretty coastal villages, then visit Anstruther with a guide. Perhaps visit St. Andrews’ castle and cathedral ruins, stroll along the harbor, or soak up the sunshine at your leisure. Afterward, travel through the Lomond Hills and past Loch Leven on route back to Edinburgh.
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St Andrews Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

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Ticking off Fife’s dispersed attractions can be difficult on limited time. Cruise between sights in St Andrews and beyond on a private day tour, with round-trip transfer from a location of your choice by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz. Discover highlights including the Holy Trinity Church, the Old Course at St Andrews, and Kingsbarns Distillery, and absorb coastal views along the East Neuk of Fife.
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2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour

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Experience the BEST of the Scottish Highlands on this quintessential 2-day tour - an awesome overnight escape with one of Scotland's highest rated tour companies! Admire the unrivaled scenery of eerie Glencoe, stroll through the pretty streets and across the Old Course at the Home of Golf in St Andrews, tuck into the BEST Highland fayre and whisky in Inverness, be spellbound by the magical Glenfinnan Viaduct and monster-hunt on the mighty Loch Ness! A whirlwind 2-day trip - with a bumper itinerary - that will introduce you to the spectacular scenery and culture of the Scottish Highlands and have you desperate to explore more… This tour is perfect for those short on time, but still dreaming of an overnight escape to the romantic Scottish Highlands with departures on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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Build your own custom (and cost-efficient!) tour of Scotland’s best attractions with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass! With your 5-day or 14-day pass, visit castles, cathedrals, distilleries and more! Make the most of the advanced ticket entry at popular sites like Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, and discounted audio tours at select venues. With free entry to more 77 attractions around the country, the Explorer Pass offers something for the whole family.
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St Andrews, Falkland and Fife Villages Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

St Andrews, Falkland and Fife Villages Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the best of Scottish culture on this 1-day St Andrews, Falkland and Kingsbarns Whisky Distillery tour from Edinburgh. Cross the UNESCO–listed Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife as a guide explains Scotland’s rich history. Stop in the peaceful fishing villages of Crail and Anstruther, then visit the Kingsbarns Whisky Distillery. Take an optional distillery tour and finish with a tasting, or enjoy a walk through Cambo Gardens. Explore St Andrews’ beaches and attractions at your leisure, then return to Edinburgh via the Falkland Palace and Gardens.
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1 Day Tour from Edinburgh - Dunfermline, St Andrews and Dundee

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Venture outside Edinburgh to explore the surrounding towns of Dunfermline, St. Andrews, and Dundee. An excellent choice for first-time visitors or those who are limited on time, the tour hits many of the region’s highlights including the Old Course, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, St Andrews Castle, Forth Bridge, and much more.
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St Andrews Private Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

St Andrews Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

Forth Bridges - An incredible art of engineering featuring a gorgeous setting whilst also being a UNESCO World Heritage site.Anstruther – A quaint traditional fishing village with charming cobbled streets. St Andrews Cathedral - This ruined cathedral was once one of Scotland’s most magnificent buildings.St Andrews Old Town - Immerse yourself in 1,000 years of history as you explore the winding streets and ancient castle.St Andrews Castle - was a bishop’s palace, a fortress and a state prison during its 450-year history.The Old Course - Situated in St. Andrews it was known as ‘The Home of Golf’ as it was incredibly popular in this town. Golf became so popular that it became banned in 15th century. Historic Village of Falkland - This quaint town in the Kingdom of Fife boasts a beautiful palace and a serene setting.• Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class• Kids friendly (0+ age)• Small group tour with a maximum of 4 passengers• Tour can be customised
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Kingdom of Fife & St Andrews Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium MinivanCultural Tours

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Explore the highlights of the Kingdom of Fife without the hassle of driving or waiting for buses and trains. This private tour is exclusively for your party and can be tailored to your own interests, whether that's seeing the famed Old Course in St. Andrews, exploring the fishing villages of the East Neuk, or sampling whisky and gin in Kingsbarns.
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Embark upon a tour of St. Andrews that is different to most: A ghost tour. Stroll along the town's medieval streets and discover a wealth of lesser-known history and tales of paranormal sightings. Visit sites including the colleges of Scotland’s first university, Queen Mary's House, the ruined cathedral, Haunted Tower, and Bishops' Palace, with its picturesque views over the North Sea. Afterward, enjoy discounts at local restaurants.
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Saint Andrews University Town & Golf Day Tour.Historical & Heritage Tours

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University Town & Golfing Mecca.Private tour from Glasgow. En-route marvel at the UNESCO listed Forth railway bridge opened in 1890. Photo stop at Falkland Palace and rest for tea/coffee. Onto Saint Andrews town, located on the east coast of Fife and has a nice West sands beach and surf, for pleasant walk. The town is of course World famous, (pardon the pun) for golfers, better known as ‘The Home of Golf’. A must see place on the bucket list for all golfers to visit the ‘Old Course’ and take photos. Also explore the medieval ruins of a castle and a RC Cathedral which was the largest church built in Scotland and once held holy relics. Also is a charming & romantic University town easy to walk around and lots to offer all visitors, not just for golf fans.Including delicious fudge doughnuts here.
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This tour is a must do on a visit to St Andrews. Of course, it's the home of golf in Scotland, but there's much more to see around town. A centre beaming with long-time locals, students from all over the world and even royalty! When walking around, you get a sense of the traditions that have been held for over 800 years, as well as modern Scottish town life all at once.In this two hour leisurely tour, you'll see all of the main sights of the town, whilst learning about its history and the unique culture that still stands today. It is a family-friendly tour and will be a leisurely stroll so suitable for all. Each guide has their own unique stories about the town so each tour is unique in it's own way. ​Key sights:St Andrews' CathedralSt Andrews' CastleThe Old CourseThe University of Saint AndrewsSt. Salvator's Chapeland many more hidden gems too.
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St Andrews, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Small Group Day Tour from EdinburghHistorical & Heritage Tours

St Andrews, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

• Full-day small group tour from Edinburgh • Mercedes V Class• Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour (no one apart from you and your family members, friends will attend this tour)• Kids friendly (0+ age)• You have more free time for sightseeing compared to similar bus tours• Small group tour with a maximum of 6 passengers• Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour• Tour can be customised• Please note that tours stops and timings are flexible and for reference purposes only
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St Andrews Golf History ToursCultural Tours

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Your guide for all of the tours is author and historian Richard Falconer and are endorsed by noted St Andrews Golf Historian and author David Joy. These are golf orientated historical tours of St Andrews, giving an all-round insight into what makes St Andrews so unique, from the golf to the wealth of history through the town. St Andrews is not only the 'Home of Golf', it has Scoltand's first University and the ruins of the Cathedral and Archbishops Palace was once the seat of the Catholic Church for over eight centuries.The golfing enthusiast generally knows a lot about golf in St Andrews, so these tours feature lesser known aspects and appeals to all who have an appreciation of the game and an interest in history.
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The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot Tour

The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot Tour is a first of its kind professional photo shoot for all visitors to St Andrews and locals. You might be an individual, couple or family wishing to have your St Andrews experience documented, and have a professional photographer capture unique moments in this historic town.
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St Andrews and Falkland Palace Private Day TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

St Andrews and Falkland Palace Private Day Tour

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Golf lovers will appreciate this full-day trip from Edinburgh. Drive to St. Andrews to see the Old Course—considered the oldest golf course in the world—and Swilcan Bridge. You’ll also visit St. Andrews Cathedral and St. Andrews Castle. On the return trip, make a stop at Falkland Palace & Garden to view the grounds and one of Britain’s oldest tennis courts.
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Rebels, Romance & Raisins St. Andrew's Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMapCultural Tours

Rebels, Romance & Raisins St. Andrew's Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Combine the convenience of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent exploration. This audio tour lets you explore St. Andrews, and learn about its unique history, at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever you choose.
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St Andrews Day Tour and Fife sightseeing by Private ChauffeurPorts of Call Tours

St Andrews Day Tour and Fife sightseeing by Private Chauffeur

Be Chauffeured between sights in St Andrews and beyond on a private day tour, with round-trip transfer from a location of your choice by air-conditioned Mercedes V Class vehicles. Discover highlights including the Holy Trinity Church, the Old Course at St Andrews, and absorb coastal views along the East Neuk of Fife. Explore in comfort come rain or shine with a transfer in a Mercedes minivan Benefit from the personalized experience of a private tour Discover St Andrews' historic landmarks, nearby villages, and North Sea views Relax with convenient round-trip transfer from your hotel, station, or port.
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Shore Excursions Scotland (Princess Cruise)

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St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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1-day Private Tour: St Andrews & FifeCultural Tours

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St Andrews History ToursCultural Tours

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St Andrews History Tours

Your guide Richard Falconer is an author and historian of St Andrews and conducts all the history tours himself. Having researched St Andrews for a period spanning six decades you will find a lot of previously lost or forgotten history about the town. Including how the town and University were looking for the lost treasure of the Cathedral for 50 years until 1929, and what Richard has uncovered through his researches over the last 40+ years.The tour incorporates all the historic quarters of the town apart from the golf course which is for another tour! You will see two locations where Mary Queen of Scots stayed for her holidays to St Andrews. Explore the historic ancient City and learn about the spiritual and sometimes barbarous elements.St Andrews is unique on many fronts, with many a noted golfer, hollywood stars and royalty spending time here. On the tour you will lean about it all!
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St Andrews, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Private Day Tour from EdinburghHistorical & Heritage Tours

St Andrews, Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Private Day Tour from Edinburgh

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St Andrews Private Premium Tour With ChauffeurBus & Minivan Tours

St Andrews Private Premium Tour With Chauffeur

- We will pick you up from your accommodation in Edinburgh or Glasgow- Travel luxuriously in a Mercedes Benz and don’t worry about rental cars- Customize the highlights of Scotland tour to your personal needs and interests- Forget complicated meeting points, as door-to-door transfers are includedSt Andrews – “The Home of Golf”. Discover one of the most historic towns in Scotland along with the St Andrews Castle, Cathedral, University, Oldest Golf Course in the world and many others in a premium ADORIDE vehicle. You will have the opportunity to see the Crail and Anstruther Harbour, which are the most popular fishing villages of Kingdom of Fife.Book now and enjoy the best personalised experience of a Private Premium Tour with us!
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St Andrews Luxury Private Tour

Your Sightseeing Tour starts from Glasgow, ensuring a great start your chauffeur will do a full introduction and point out all the on-board facilities in the vehicle. Once the formalities are out of the way they will run through the itinerary for the day.
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