Leaving Peebles drive north towards Edinburgh, then skirt around the city following the by-pass and continue north, crossing the bridge over the Firth of Forth to Fife.
Take the scenic route around the East Neuk (neuk is the Scots word for ‘corner’). This takes you by the coast and through some lovely small towns and fishing villages. Highlights here include Anstruther, Pittenweem and Crail where you can wander along the harbours and explore the small galleries and shops. The fish and chip shop in Anstruther has won many awards if you fancy stopping here for a snack, or pick up a crab sandwich from the hut on the pier at Crail.
Also at Anstruther you can take a boat trip out onto the Forth to visit the Isle of May, where you can see puffins (usually April to mid – August), other seabirds such as guillemots and kittiwakes, seals and dolphins and porpoises if you’re lucky.
Continue round the coast, passing Kingsbarns where you might stop to visit the malt whisky distillery, then on to St Andrews. Known the world over as the home of golf, here you can visit the famous Old Course or the British Golf Museum. This university town is also home to the (ruined) St. Andrews Castle and the ancient St. Andrews Cathedral, once the largest in Scotland.
Overnight in the St Andrews area
“Know Before You Go!”
Covid-19: Scotland’s regions are currently divided into different tiers depending on the prevalence of Covid-19.
By law, with limited exceptions, it is forbidden to travel to/from areas where higher numbers of people may be carrying the virus. Please comply with the rules set out by the Scottish Government. To check what tier a region is in and to see the current rules regarding travel in Scotland, please see here.
Opening hours: There are lots of suggestions for places to visit on the following pages and, while we absolutely want you to make the most of your trip, it is important to note that many visitor attractions and places of interest now require you to book in advance, or may have restricted opening hours, or may be closed temporarily due to Covid-19. In addition, many places of interest in Scotland have seasonal opening hours and close in the winter months. Please be sure to follow the links to the places of interest mentioned in the suggested routes to check in advance of your visit and avoid disappointment on the day!