ITINERARIES DESIGNED FOR YOU
All tours are arranged to fit the clients' needs, interests and available time. These range from half-day walking tours of historic St. Andrews to day or multi-day tours including the East Neuk villages and beyond. Shena hires vehicles to meet clients' requirements and can drive up to 8 people.Coaches can be hired for larger groups.
The following are examples of day tours starting and finishing in St. Andrews:
Tour One - St. Andrews and the East Neuk Villages
- Start with a walking tour of St. Andrews including the 12th century cathedral and castle, world famous university, the golf history of the town and a chance to explore the shops and facilities of the quaint town of St. Andrews itself.
- Drive along the coast to the nearby East Neuk (meaning- 'east corner') with its most attractive and interesting fishing villages.
- Visit Crail with its much-photographed harbour, famous pottery and see where the Devil threw a boulder - many years ago!
- Stop off at Pittenweem (meaning 'place of the caves') and home to the annual Arts Festival. Enjoy a walk round the village, visit St. Fillan's Cave and enjoy an exquisite hot chocolate in The Cocoa Tree.
- On to Anstruther, the largest of the villages - wander along the seafront with the chance to visit the award winning Scottish Fisheries Museum with its large number of boats and excellent recalling of the history of the herring industry.
- Finish with fish and chips on the quayside from a restaurant once visited by Prince Charles!
Tour Two - St. Andrews, Glamis Castle and Scone Palace
- Tour of St. Andrews
- Off to Glamis Castle, north of Dundee, childhood home of the Queen Mother.
- Excellent in-house tour complete with ghost stories!
- Take a walk round the extensive grounds to see the Highland cattle and visit the Italianate Gardens and memorial to Princess Margaret, the only royal born at Glamis.
- On now to Scone Palace near Perth. The Palace is owned by the Earl of Mansfield and is famed as the original site of the Stone of Destiny upon which Scottish monarchs were enthroned.
- With its fine rooms and extensive grounds including a walled garden, maze and pinetum with ubiquitous peacocks, there is much to enjoy at Scone - perhaps even afternoon tea in the restaurant.
Other Options from the St. Andrews Base
- Visit Dundee with the Discovery Centre telling of the early 20th century polar exploits of Captain Scott - the centre has the actual ship, the RMS Discovery, alongside.
- Visit the Verdant Works which tells the story of Dundee's jute (burlap) industry which shaped the city.
- See the fantastic Victoria and Albert Museum (Museum of Design) taking shape on the Dundee waterfront - planned to open in late 2018.
- Visit the royal palace of Falkland used as a hunting lodge by Mary Queen of Scots in the heart of what was once a weaving village and now is more famous as a major location for the Outlander TV series.
- Also nearby are 14th century Kellie Castle with its lovely gardens, the Secret Bunker (a Cold War relic), the St Andrews Cheese Company, a farm cafe where Anster Cheese is made.
- Visit St. Monans fishing village with attractive houses, an historic church and even a windmill to climb.
- Finally, don't miss out the distilleries at Kingsbarns and the newly opened LIndores Abbey Distillery on the site of the Abbey where whisky was first made.