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St Andrews © Richard Falconer

St Andrews History Tours

From £12 per adult

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January — December

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Showcasing 1000 years of St Andrews remarkable history, these informative tours explore the historic quarters and include forgotten historical details that will not be found elsewhere.

For its size, St Andrews has one of the most extraordinary and chequered histories, the merciful, the barbaric, the spiritual and the fanatical. This unique quarter of Scotland has seen it all in abundance. 

Spanning 5 decades of research by your guide and author Richard Falconer, learn about the unusual, the surprising, the intriguing and the forgotten on this insightful and educational guided walking tour around the historic sites of this ancient and unique city.

Over a number of centuries St Andrews was the seat of the Catholic Church in Scotland. Known as the ‘Rome of Scotland’ this was the homage of Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses and millions of pilgrims over the centuries coming mostly from Europe to see the relics of St Andrew.

In 1559 however the Reformation changed the course of St Andrews and Scotland forever. St Andrews Cathedral was sacked and the Catholic Church overthrown. Stripped of papal power and glory, both pilgrim and merchant stopped coming. What little remained would become known to future generations as the “Metropolis of the Kingdom of Darkness”.

Forgotten and wasted, it wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century, following centuries of neglect that St Andrews then rose from the dung hills of disease and decay to emerge as a revitalised destination for a new breed of pilgrim, comprising the golfer, the academic and the explorer.

Welcome to St Andrews!

PLEASE NOTE: Tour duration approx 1 hour 30 minutes

Contact details

St Andrews Tours
Ghost & History Tours: Meet outside the Dolls House Restaurant, KY16 9NN.
Golf History Tours: Meet outside the Russell Hotel, The Scores, KY16 9AS.
St Andrews
Fife
Scotland
As Above
Starting
St Andrews
Length
1
Hour
Transport
Walking
Type
Bespoke Large Group (31+) Medium Group (17-30) Private Small Group (1-16)
Themes
Archaeology Architecture Castles History Outdoor Activities Walking

Tour prices

From

  • £12 Per Adult
  • £8 Per child
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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St Andrews Tours

WELCOME TO ST ANDREWS! We have a lot going on in this neck of the woods… To give an idea, where else would you find golfers, students, Hollywood stars, royals, visitors and residents socialising together! Spanning 5 decades of research by author Richard Falconer, join him on one of his insightful and educational guided walking tours, showcasing the iconic sites of this ancient and unique city as the backdrop to an extraordinary multifaceted history.St Andrews Tours have three guided walking tours to offer: St Andrews Golf History Tours, St Andrews History Tours, St Andrews Ghost Tours.

Opening times

With up to 7 tours a day

All tours run 7 days a week, throughout the year*

*Check the websites for times and any exclusions

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