Fife Coastal Villages
East Neuk of Fife Village Tour
You will be driven in comfort in our 16 seat minibus by your driver and local historian, Ron, who will ensure you have all the local information you could need for the trip. There will be facts, stories, tales, witches, caves and more as you travel, firstly to the ancient Burgh of Crail, where you will walk through cobbled streets to the harbour. After a walk around the village centre it will be off to Pittenweem, bypassing Anstruther (Anster to the locals) as we'll be returning to this, the largest town on our route with it's plentiful shops, cafes and bars, later in the day.
Pittenweem is home to the last remaining working harbour and fish market in Fife, with it's many narrow closes and many fishy tales. Time for coffee in a local cafe before a trip to St Fillans cave and more stories. Next stop is St Monans with its Salt Pans and beautiful auld Kirk sitting proud on the outskirts of the village.
Hungry? yes, me too, so we'll be off again in the minibus to a local cafe just outside Elie and Earlsferry, where we will take in the lovely beach and more history. After lunch we'll make our way back towards Anstruther where Ron will provide you with more local knowledge before allowing you some free time to wander along the shore and take in some of those shops, cafes and bars.
All too soon the day draws to a close and it's back onto the bus for the journey home to St Andrews, up over the hill with it's fine views looking down onto the many spires and steeples of the Home of Golf.
Your day will involve walking on ancient, uneven cobbled streets, rough paths and tracks where sturdy flat soled shoes are highly recommended. In the event of inclement weather, the tour will be adjusted by your driver to provide wet weather options. These may involve an additional entrance fee for a museum or other visitor attraction. We will be stopping at one of our favourite cafes for lunch, near the beach, where you can purchase some food or bring a packed lunch if you prefer.
Ron looks forward to welcoming you aboard the tour bus. We will meet at the bus and coach pick-up point beside the British Golf Museum on Golf Place, St Andrews. This tour will be delivered in English with a smattering of old Scots.
Inchkeith Island Seabird Excursion
This event offers a guided tour of the seabird colonies at the island of Inchkeith, which lies in the middle of the Forth estuary, between Kinghorn on the Fife shore and Leith on the Lothian Shore.
Since the end of World War II Inchkeith has steadily developed as an important sanctuary for many breeding seabird species, including cormorant, shag, puffin, guillemot, razorbill, fulmar, kittiwake, great black backed, lesser black backed, herring gull and eider duck, etc.
A boat tour around the island will introduce the various seabirds and their colonies from a seaward perspective, before landing to begin the guided tour to suitable watching areas, from where the various species can be viewed at reasonable close quarters.
This trip will be led by our expert, Ron, who has many years of experience in this field and has written the authoritative work ‘The Wildlife of Inchkeith.’ This promises to be a great day out. Persons interested must be fit and active as some difficult terrain requires to be negotiated. Warm and waterproof clothing are required, as is the wearing of stout footwear. Some form of headgear should be brought as nesting gulls can be quite aggressive. A head for heights and an ability to climb up and down steep ladders for boarding and leaving the boat is also essential. A packed lunch should be brought.
After booking, persons should provide contact email addresses and mobile telephone numbers. People should arrive at the central pier, Granton harbour, Edinburgh, EH5 1HF about 8.45am for 9.00am sailing. The boat journey to the island takes about 40 minutes. Three-four hours will be spent ashore. Return to Granton will be late afternoon.
As the trip is weather dependent, contact is made with the boatman during the preceding evening to confirm if the trip is to go ahead. Contact will then be made with members of the party to advise them accordingly.
Time and weather permitting, visits to other inner Forth islands may be possible.
Book early to avoid disappointment as spaces on the boat are limited to 10 only.
Forth Islands trip
Sunday 10th November 2019, departing from the Central Pier, Granton Harbour, Edinburgh EH5 1HF 9.00 am sharp. Returning approx. 3.00 pm
Enjoy a guided cruise on board the Conserver to the wildlife rich, inner Forth islands of Inchkeith, Inchcolm and Inchmickery, visiting grey seal colonies which offer excellent photographic opportunities at close quarters. Clients must be fit and active, prepared to negotiate steep ladders and must bring warm, waterproof clothing, stout footwear and a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided on the boat. The Conserver is provided with a large, enclosed cabin and lower deck, as well as toilets. Our experienced guide, Ronald, will provide information about the wildlife, civil and military history of these islands.
This trip is dependent upon the weather and may be cancelled at short notice. The itinerary may be altered to suit prevailing conditions on the day. Monies will be refunded if the trip is cancelled for any reason.
Clients are asked to be at Granton harbour no later than 8.45 am to board the Conserver.
Cost of this trip is £60 with a maximum group size of 10