Leaving Hawes Pier we cross the Forth Road Bridge which was completed in 1964 and gives you a great view of an even more impressive structure, the Forth Rail Bridge. Opened in 1890 it is regarded as one of the great industrial wonders of the world. We travel by the Lomond Hills before arriving back at the coast at Lower Largo, Alexander Selkirk’s birthplace, the man that inspired Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. We then arrive in the East Nuke at Elie, the first of the picturesque villages in this area with its mile long sandy beach and historic buildings. We then continue along the coast to St. Monans with its stunning medieval church which gives stunning views over the Firth of Forth. The other old fishing villages can also be visited - Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail - all are very picturesque with harbours, old fisherman cottages and tiny, winding, cobbled streets - great for private tours - not so great for buses!
We then cut inland, with Kellie Castle, dating back to 1360, being an interesting diversion. Continuing through the fields of Fife it's not long before we see the towers and spires of St. Andrews in the distance. Although St. Andrews is world famous for golf, that is only one of many attractions this town has to offer. 2 stunning sandy beaches, St. Andrews Castle, St. Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews University, medieval streets, historic harbour and that's just before you reach the Old Course and Club house! A highlight of the Old Course is actually being able to drive right across the Old Course at Grannie Clarks Wynd!
Leaving St Andrews we head back inland and through the handsome market town of Cupar before arriving at the small medieval town of Falkland. The magnificent Royal Palace of Falkland was built by James IV and James V between 1450 and 1541 as their country residence. The village has many historic buildings and was Scotland's first conservation village. We then head back through the Fife countryside to Edinburgh.
Other options for this tour include visiting The Hill of Tarvit, an impressive Edwardian stately home or Scotland's Secret Bunker, a cold nuclear command bunker. The town of Dunfermline has many attractions including the Abbey and Palace, the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce and birthplace of Andrew Carnegie. Culross is a small Royal Burgh with Palace and restored buildings, narrow cobbled streets and alleys which make the conservation village unique in Scotland.