Scotland Travel Guide
A Day Tour in Scotland
18th April 2021
On Friday 16th April 2021, the restrictions on travel across Scotland were lifted, and we now have the green light to get out there and explore again. Yay!
Designing private and tailor-made tours of Scotland is what we love doing, and while we are not out touring the beautiful and historic lands right now, we are working on tours for late 2021 and 2022.
So, as we are just the kindest people in travel, we thought we would share some of our favourite Scottish places. It might be a castle, a region, city, favourite restaurants, pubs, shops and so on. We have only been doing this for 16 years, so we have discovered some gems, as well as the famous sites along the way…
Easily accessible from Edinburgh, Glasgow and all of central Scotland, The Kingdom of Fife offers many opportunities for a day away. Here are some ideas.
The Fishing villages.
Anstruther always seems the place to go because of that famous Fish Bar. We do love it there and if you want to really get to know the town, (and stories from other East Neuk villages), we highly recommend the Scottish Fisheries Museum. This is one of our favourite museums in Scotland. Scottish Fisheries Museum - Home Page (scotfishmuseum.org)
Further down the East Neuk is the much quieter village of Lower Largo. Lower Largo is where Alexander Selkirk was born in 1676. There is a beautiful statue on his house. He spent 4 years and 4 months as a castaway on an island in the South Pacific. He is the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. This village is so peaceful to wander around and boasts a lovely little harbour with a strikingly beautiful railway viaduct above it.
St Monan’s. One of our favourite villages in all of Scotland. Colourful old cottages line the harbourfront, historic small streets and squares to explore, or just a walk around the harbour, it is such a delight. You can join a section of the Fife Coastal Path here and make the short walk to St Monan’s Windmill. This 18th Century local landmark sits right on the water and is well worth a trip inside (when it opens again).
Pittenweem. This is one of the larger fishing villages and has a nice bustle about it. The High Street has a good collection of shops and café’s and it also has its own chocolatier. The harbour is my favourite. A busy working harbour with fish market, you can see the fish landed here before it is distributed to around Fife and Edinburgh. The harbour walk offers lovely views of the town.
Ceres. One of the most beautiful old villages in Fife. This village is inland, away from the more popular East Neuk coastal villages and holds a fabulous location in the rolling hills of Fife. Located in a small glen, this picturesque and ancient village, is one of the few towns in Scotland that has a village green. Ceres is home to the Fife Folk museum, which occupies several well-preserved buildings that date back to the 17th century. The museum has an interesting collection of old farming and agricultural exhibits. I love a wander around an old village, and if this is your bag too, you will love the peace and serenity of the charming wee village of Ceres.
If you are interested in taking a day tour of Scotland with us, then please get in touch. We offer fascinating tours to famous and off the beaten track gems.
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