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Rosslyn, Dunfermline, Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh

This is a tour for those want to enjoy Scottish history and culture by visiting some of our most impressive and mysterious sites. We leave from Edinburgh’s most famous street, the Royal Mile, and head towards Dunfermline. You’ll get a chance to photograph and travel over the Forth Road Bridge—a Scottish icon and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our stop in Dunfermline gives you ample time to explore the Abbey Kirk here. It’s a lovely church and is the burial place of Robert the Bruce; you can view his tomb here during the summer season. We’ll also make a quick stop at the sight of the Battle of Bannockburn- the sight of Robert the Bruce and Scotland’s biggest victory—you’ll have the chance to photograph Bruce’s magnificent statue here. Next we’ll head to Stirling Castle—the reconstructions of James IV’s hall and James V’s palace here have raised the bar for heritage practice worldwide. You’ll have over two hours here to explore the castle (own expense), see its grand rooms and learn about how life here once was. There are fantastic views from the battlements of the Wallace Monument and over the southern Highlands and the Ochil Hills. You’ll learn the true tale of Braveheart from your guide! Our final stop of the day is at Rosslyn Chapel (own expense). Dan Brown set the climatic scenes of his novel The Da Vinci Code here you may recognise it from the film of the same name. You could spend hours mesmerised by the intricate carvings here. It is full of mystery and intrigue, and you’ll learn the stories behind individual carvings. You can also take a short walk over a bridge across a stunning steeply-sided valley and stream to the nearby Rosslyn Castle.

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Day Trip to St Andrews Dunfermline and the Fife Coast in a Private Minibus from Edinburgh

Leaving Edinburgh we travel north to South Queensferry. The town is named after the 11th century QueenMargaret who dedicated her life to the people, and particularly the church, earning her the name ‘Saint Margaret.’From South Queensferry we drive over the Forth Road Bridge, giving us a spectacular view of one of Scotland’s greatest man-made landmarks – the Forth Rail Bridge. At over a mile and a half long, the bridge was until recently the longest Cantilever bridge in the world. Once over the bridge, we enter into the Kingdom of Fife.We now head towards one of Scotland’s ancient Capitals, Dunfermline. Here we visit the ancient ruins of Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of (amongst others) ‘St Margaret,’ her husband King Malcolm Canmore and King Robert ‘The’ Bruce. Central Fife was very poor until the discovery of coal, while the towns and villages along its coastline were rich from all the trade across the North sea, causing King James VI to describe the area as a ‘Beggar’s mantle fringed with gold’. The golden fringe he referred to was the East Neuk, Fife’s easternmost stretch of coastline and home to a string of picturesque villages, each with its own distinctive character and charm. One of these is Lower Largo and best known as the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, the real-life Robinson Crusoe. Our next stop in the little fishing village of Anstruther, where you can check out its old cobbled streets, take a walk along the seafront to the harbour or try the award winning ‘best fish & chips in Britain’.From Anstruther we continue north to the medieval town of St Andrews. St Andrew is the patron Saint of Scotland, and legend has it that some of his bones were washed up on the Fife coast. The shrine became a place of worship for Christian pilgrims from far and wide and the town developed into the religious capital of Scotland, complete with the largest cathedral in Scotland. Founded in 1160, the cathedral was devastated by fire and later by religious reformers but the ruins provide a fascinating insight into what it once must have been like.Today St Andrews attracts another type of pilgrim, as the home of golf and the Mecca for all golfers – the ‘Old Course’. The course was founded in 1754. And we don’t forget St Andrews University, which is the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world (following Oxford and Cambridge). St Andrews was founded between 1410 and 1413, when the Avignon Antipope Benedict XIII issued a papal bull to a small founding group of Augustinian clergy. Also dating from this period is the once mighty castle perched on its rocky headland overhanging the sea. We have around 2.5 hours to explore this amazing little town.

$77.62 Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion from Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

1. South Queensferry Your driver and guide will meet you at the port gates in South Queensferry, and will show you onto our comfortable coach 2. St AndrewsOur first stop is the pretty coastal town of St Andrews.  With its sandy beaches, medieval street plan, cathedral and castle, you will find plenty to occupy you during our two hour stop here.  First off, you can choose from two itineraries; Historic St Andrews – walking tour or The Home of Golf , as outlined below; Historic St AndrewsAs a compact town dotted with historical buildings, what better way to explore it than on foot, with your highly knowledgeable WOW guide to accompany you of course!  Our one hour walking tour starts at 12th Century St Andrews Cathedral, lets you see St Andrews Castle and finishes in the town centre, where you will have an hour to explore the town's many attractions by yourself. The Home of GolfSituated in an enviable position overlooking the The Old Course, you will visit the British Golf Museum, which offers a meticulous presentation of “the most comprehensive golf collection in Britain, and one of the finest in the world”.  You can peruse the museum at your leisure, then you will have approximately one hour to visit and enjoy all things golf!3. FalklandAfter a scenic drive through the countryside we will arrive in Falkland. This charming village is situated at the foot of the Lomond Hills and was chosen to represent 1940s Inverness in the hit TV series of Outlander – fans will doubtless recognise the Bruce Fountain and Mrs Baird’s Guesthouse (the Covenanter Hotel), and even non-fans will not find it hard to imagine taking away the cars and being transported back in time!  You will have approximately 45 minutes here.4. DunfermlineAt our next stop your will get off the beaten track to explore Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland, and one of its most attractive and historically interesting towns.   We will spend approximately one hour here and you again can select the option which appeals to you most, as outlined below; Dunfermline Palace & AbbeyIf you enjoy visiting beautiful historic buildings, and doing so on a self-guided basis, this option visits two of “The Auld Grey Toun’s” most historic buildings and will definitely be the one for you.  You will have approximately one hour to visit the Abbey and Palace.Andrew Carnegie Birthplace MuseumThe alternative option will be of particular interest to North Americans, as we visit The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum.  From his humble beginnings in Dunfermline in 1835, Andrew Carnegie went on to become the richest man in the world, and also the greatest philanthropist who ever lived.

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