St Andrews Glencoe daytrip

Let us take you on a trip across Scotland and Glencoe.

No visit to Scotland is complete without driving along the magical road through Glencoe to Fort William and the Higlands.
The description ‘spectacular’ doesn’t really merit the beauty of Glencoe.
Let us take you around Scotland on a 2 day tour

One short impression:

The beautiful volcanic valley of Glen coe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland lies in the north of Argyll, close to the border with Lochaber.
Surrounded by wild and precipitous mountains.

The Glen is named after the River Coe which runs through it.

A glen is a valley, typically one that is long, deep, and often glacially U-shaped, or one with a watercourse running through it.

Harry Potter In Glencoe

Filming for the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, took place on location in Glencoe in May and June 2003. Regular visitors to Clachaig Inn and Glencoe will spot a familiar looking backdrop in the film, and in subsequent Harry Potter films.

During the spring of 2003, three sets were built near to the bottom of Clachaig Gully, and quite literally, just across the road from Clachaig Inn.

The sets were located so as to take in the fantastic scenery, overlooking the Torren Lochan, and the Signal Rock forest to the rugged hills of the glen. Filming continued for a period of several weeks and most of the stars were seen on set at some time or other during the course of the filming.

The sets have now been removed and the hillsides returned to their natural state, leaving behind little evidence of the excitement that descended upon this quiet corner of the glen for a few weeks.

The Massacre of Glencoe

The Massacre of Glencoe is the name given to the treacherous slaughter of the Clan McDonald of Glen coe by the soldiers of Robert Campbell, of Argyll.  

Kingsbarns Distillery near St.Andrews

Kingsbarns distillery near St Andrews is located about 15 mins or about 14km 8 miles from Saint.Andrews and 3 miles from Crail.

The charming visitor centre features an exhibition and the opportunity to go inside the original 18th century doocot now carefully restored and housing the first cask of whisky making process and show you round the working distillery finishing with a whisky tasting.

We participated as a team event and did the tour around explaining the whole process from drilling for water, sourcing barley, producing malt and the profound skills involved in distilling right trough to bottling this refined treat.

There are 3 distinguished tours:

  • Kingsbarns tour (1hour) 10:30 – 11.30 – 12.30 – 13.30 – 14.30 – 15.30 £8
  • Doocot tour (1.5hours) 11.00 and 15.00 £20
  • Dream to Dram tour 2.5hours by arrangement £50

Kingsbarns Distillery – Cambo Estate Kingsbarns – Fife near St Andrews opened to the public by 1st of December 2014 and will produce Single Malt Scotch Whisky.


St Andrews distillery at Kingsbarns
Kingsbarns Distillery St Andrews

The Wemyss family, independent bottlers of Wemyss Vintage Malts and extend their range in cooperation with and the Kingsbarns Company of Distillers.

The new distillery near St Andrews placed in a converted farm steading and comprises the distillery covering 6,000 square feet, a cafe, a shop and the visitors centre.

It will be the nearest distillery to the St.Andrews area interesting for tourists with a real interest in the distilling, brewing and fermenting of alcohol also Kings barns is also famed for its golf course.

Upon completion visitors will walk from the car park past the original well which acted as the main water supply to the farm, into the octagonal shaped distillery entrance which used to be a horse gang mill. Then visitors have the option to enjoy the visitors centre and continue on the tour of the distillery, or simply visit the onsite shop and cafe.

The distillery and visitors centre boasts an interpretation space where guests can learn about the history of the area and malt whisky in Scotland from a tour guide, as well as being shown firsthand the distilling process. The final stop on the distillery tour is to one of the tasting rooms on the upper floor.

The still house, which is currently under construction, will hold the equipment to mill and mash the malt. It will also hold wash back vessels where the fermentation of the malt takes place and the two stills used for distillation. There sulting new make spirit has to mature for at least three year in oak casks before it can be called single malt Scotch Whisky. Warehousing will take place in another location.

When the center opens it will provide over 20 jobs to local people over full time, part time and seasonal contracts.

“In the long term the center will be a welcome boost to the local economy, bringing more tourism and employment opportunities to the area as well as growing the existing Wemyss Vintage Malt brand.”

Velvet Fig is a new limited edition blended malt matured wholly in ex Oloroso sherry casks, evoking rich autumn and winter fruits and spices.
Internationally acclaimed musician James Yorkston who is from the local area, of Kingsbarns, celebrated the opening by performing an intimate set including a song he penned especially for the occasion.

Kingsbarns distillery near St Andrews

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Best / Cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh To St.Andrews

Best / budget way to travel To St.Andrews from EDI Airport

Edinburgh To St.Andrews by bus is the cheapest option, and involves fewer changes than traveling by train. but it takes over 2hours.
The best way to get from St Andrews to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) without a car is to take a train from leuchars which takes minimum 1h 25m and costs £22 – £30.


Public transport

From Edinburgh airport, take the Airlink (Service 100) Bus which departs from directly outside domestic arrivals.
You can buy tickets at the Airlink Kiosk, on board the bus, or in advance at the Lothian Buses website.
Your journey will take 30 minutes to Waverly Bridge in the city centre. Airlink buses run 24 hours a day and a single ticket costs £4.50.

On arrival at Waverley Bridge, proceed to Edinburgh Waverly train station and board a train to Dundee, Aberdeen or Dyce.
This train will stop at Leuchars station.
Train tickets can be purchased at the station’s ticket office or from a machine on the station concourse.

Alternatively, at the airport you can get a tram to Edinburgh gateway station.
Trams run every 8 to 12 minutes and take 35 minutes.
You can then board a train to Dundee, Aberdeen or Dyce, which will also stop at Leuchars station.

Another option is to the 747 Airport bus from Stance G outside the airport to Halbeath Park and Ride (operated by Stagecoach buses and running every half hour).
There transfer to the Stagecoach X24 or X59 bus to St Andrews.
It normally takes no more than 2 hours.

Timetables for the Jet 747 can be found here.

Timetables for the X59 can be found here.

Airports in Scotland:

The closest airports to St Andrews which offer plenty of connections both nationally and internationally are:

  • Aberdeen  (84 miles) (Taxi service to St Andrews Starting from £150)
  • Edinburgh (48 miles) (Taxi service to St Andrews Starting from  £100 )
  • Glasgow   (90 miles) (Taxi service to St Andrews Starting from  £150)
  • Glasgow Prestwick (113 miles) To St Andrews Starting from     £185)
  • Dundee Airport       (15 miles) To St Andrews Starting from        £45 )
Contact form St.Andrews taxis

From Edinburgh Airport you can proceed by Airlink bus to the centre of Edinburgh .(Haymarket or Waverley Stations) and then by train to Leuchars station.
From there you take a bus to St Andrews.
More info on buses browse the Stagecoach website or on National Rail Enquiries


This combined ticket scheme allows you to travel by train to Leuchars station,
then on by bus to St. Andrews, using ANY bus.
Buses run every 10 – 15 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes on evenings and Sundays. When you buy your rail ticket, just ask for a St. Andrews railbus ticket. Each ticket allows one single or return bus journey.

Buses between Leuchars and St.Andrews.

  • Stagecoach in Fife operates Services F1, F2, 23A, 72, 96, 96A, 99, 99A & 99B. Tel 01382 541159
  • Moffat & Williamson operates Service 92.

St Andrews Bus Station opening hours:
Monday to Friday    7am to 10pm
Saturday                 7am to 10pm
Sunday                   7am to 8:30pm

St Andrews bus station has luggage lockers available in the waiting room.
A non-returnable charge of £1 is levied for each locker.

Best / Cheapest way to travel from Edinburgh To St.Andrews.
To St Andrews by bus is the cheapest option, and involves fewer changes than traveling by train.

We still believe that taking a taxi is good value for money in the late or early hours of the day. Also you could consider staying at a hotel near your airport.

Scotland history facts and figures

Scotland history facts and figures

Status: Part of United Kingdom
Land area: 30,414 sq mi (78,772 sq km)
Monetary unit: British pound sterling (£)
Languages: English, Scots Gaelic
Religions: Church of Scotland (established church—Presbyterian), Roman Catholic, Scottish Episcopal Church, Baptist, Methodist


Scotland occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It is bounded by England in the south and on the other three sides by water: by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and north and by the North Sea on the east. Scotland is divided into three physical regions—the Highlands; the Central Lowlands, containing two-thirds of the population; and the Southern Uplands. The western Highland coast is intersected throughout by long, narrow sea lochs, or fjords. Scotland also includes the Outer and Inner Hebrides and other islands off the west coast and the Orkney and Shetland Islands off the north coast.
England and Scotland have shared a monarch since 1603 and a parliament since 1707, but in May 1999, Scotland elected its own parliament for the first time in three centuries. The new Scottish legislature was in part the result of British prime minister Tony Blair’s campaign promise to permit devolution, the transfer of local powers from London to Edinburgh. In a Sept. 1997 referendum, 74% of Scotland voted in favor of their own parliament, which controls most domestic affairs, including health, education, and transportation, and has powers to legislate and raise taxes. Queen Elizabeth opened the new parliament on July 2, 1999.


The first inhabitants of Scotland were the Picts, a Celtic tribe. Between A.D. 82 and A.D. 208, the Romans invaded Scotland, naming it Caledonia. Roman influence over the land, however, was minimal.
The Scots, a Celtic tribe from Ireland, migrated to the west coast of Scotland in about 500. Kenneth McAlpin, king of the Scots, ascended the throne of the Pictish kingdom in about 843, thereby uniting the various Scots and Pictish tribes under one kingdom called Dal Riada. By the 11th century, the monarchy had extended its borders to include much of what is Scotland today.
English influence in the region expanded when Malcolm III, king of Scotland from 1057–1093, married an English princess. England’s appetite for Scottish land began to grow over the 12th and 13th centuries, and in 1296 King Edward I of England successfully invaded Scotland. The following year Robert the Bruce led a revolt for independence, was crowned king of Scotland (Robert I) in 1306, and after years of war defeated the English in 1314 at the Battle of Bannockburn. In 1328 the English finally recognized Scottish independence.
In the 16th century John Knox introduced the Scottish reformation, and the Presbyterian Church replaced Catholicism as the official religion. In 1567, Mary, queen of Scots, a Catholic, was forced to abdicate the Scottish throne and was later executed by Elizabeth I of England. Mary’s son, James VI, was raised as a Protestant, and in 1603 he succeeded Elizabeth on the English throne as King James I of England. James thus became ruler of both Scotland and England, though the countries remained separate. In 1707, after a century of turmoil, Scotland and England passed the Act of Union, which united Scotland, England, and Wales under one rule as the Kingdom of Great Britain. The House of Hanover replaced the Stuart lineage on the throne in 1714, which caused a rebellion among Scots who still supported the Stuarts. The Jacobites, as the rebels were called, led two uprisings, in 1715 and again in 1745.
With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, Scotland, whose chief product had been textiles, began developing the industries of shipbuilding, coal mining, iron, and steel. In the late 20th century, Scotland concentrated on electronics and high-tech industries. The North Sea has also become an important source of oil and gas.

St Andrews Cathedral was once the most important religious site
in the whole of Scotland. 
Today the cathedral is in ruins but it is still an impressive and inspiring site.

Historical background

There was already an important religious community at St Andrews,
known then as Kilrymont, in the 8th century. It grew in status with the arrival
of relics associated with the martyred apostle St Andrew. Traditionally these relics consisted of an arm bone, three fingers, a tooth, and a knee cap. These relics were interred in a shrine which, by the 10th century, had become a major place of pilgrimage for travellers from all across Europe. The pilgrims in turn provided a valuable source of income for construction work.

In 1123 Robert became bishop and established the Augustinian priory St Rule’s, whose church and tower is still standing today at the cathedral site.
In the 1160s Bishop Arnold initiated the building of a vast new cathedral. The
building work suffered many setbacks. Gales caused widespread destruction in the 1270s and during his occupation
in the Wars of Independence, Edward 1 of England ordered the stripping of
lead from the roof for ammunition. The cathedral was finally consecrated
in 1318, attended by King Robert the Bruce, who, according to legend, rode up the aisle on a horse. The scale and wealth of the building
was dazzling. The longest church – and the biggest building of any kind − in Scotland, it was an impressive seat for the bishops of the Scottish Church. The cathedral also housed the priory, living quarters of the canons who maintained
the cathedral. The town thrived around the cathedral and benefited from the
visitors it beckoned.
The life of this awesome complex of buildings, however, came to an abrupt end in 1559 with the Reformation. Following a rousing sermon against idolatry by preacher John Knox, the interior of the cathedral was sacked by a Protestant mob. Worship at the cathedral ceased almost immediately and the site declined into a source of building material and latterly a favored local burial ground.