St Andrews, Fife Coast and the Isle of May, Scotland
The Fife peninsula sits just above Edinburgh and below Dundee and is a delightfully scenic destination with plenty to offer the visitor. There are miles of golden sand beaches, traditional harbours, quaint villages and a stunning coastal path. Add to that the hidden gem which is the Isle of May and the historic university town of St Andrews and you have the makings of a fabulous holiday.
On our break we will explore the most beautiful section of the Fife Coastal Path between Leven to the south and St Andrews to the north. There are many miles of breath-taking views from the cliff tops which are interspersed with long stretches of beach and some incredibly pretty villages and harbours which appear frozen in time. Elie, Crail, Pitween and Anstruther all have their own unique character and are well worth a photo or two.
As well as coastal walking, on one day we will take the ferry from Anstruther to the Isle of May for a superb day out. Now this really is a hidden gem so prepare to be amazed at the sheer volume of birdlife to be found on this Natural Nature Reserve. You will have time to walk the paths of the island where you will be in close proximity to thousands of puffins who will be busily feeding their young pufflings. There are also guillemots perching in huge volumes on the sheer cliffs alongside razorbills with their distinctive beaks. If you are a keen birdwatcher, you may also spot Arctic terns, kittiwakes, shags, fulmars and there may still be a small number of Eider ducks around too.
During the holiday, there will be a guided tour of St Andrews one morning with free time in the afternoon to explore the many interesting historic buildings or perhaps relax in a nicely located tearoom. Or, if you are feeling more energetic, you can use your Megarider bus ticket and head to Dundee, Perth or Edinburgh.
For lunch, we can pick up a packed lunch from the supermarket in St Andrews and your guide will arrange for the group to eat out together in the evenings. There are some lovely restaurants in the town which is known for its eateries.
Included in the price
- Bed and breakfast accommodation
- Guided walks along the Fife Coast
- Ferry to the Isle of May
- Public transport to walks (You can use the bus pass to travel to and from Edinburgh also)
- Lunch and dinner
- Personal expenses
- Discretionary tips
By Public TransportThe nearest train station is Leuchars which is 6 miles from St Andrews. From here you can get a local bus (£3.20 approx) or take a taxi (£15 approx). If you prefer, you can travel by train to Edinburgh and get a bus from there. The journey from Edinburgh to St Andrews is around 2 hours and you can use the 7-day Megarider pass for this which is included in the cost of the holiday.
By CarThere is limited parking available on site although plenty of on street parking nearby. St Andrews is well signposted and the journey time from Edinburgh is around 1 hour 20 minutes and from Glasgow 1 hour 45 minutes. There is no walk on the last day of the holiday to allow for onward travel. You can arrive from 2pm on the first day with free time until 6pm. For further travel information please see: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/visiting/travel/
- £675 in a twin ensuite shared room.
- Single ensuite available - £20 per night supplement