Shore Excursions from Edinburgh

Brand new for 2018 is our tour for passengers docking at Edinburgh (South Queensferry).

This tour has something for everyone, starting with a visit to St Andrews where you can either join us for a historic tour of the ancient town taking in the Cathedral and Castle, or if golf is more your style you can visit the British Golf Museum which sits right next to the world famous ‘Old Course’ where you can take a short walk to get a photograph of the legendary Swilken Bridge.

Next in line is the village of Falkland which viewers of Outlander will recognise as Inverness from the hit TV series. Last but not least, we stop in the ancient town of Dunfermline, the final resting place of Robert the Bruce, where you can either visit the Abbey and Palace or explore the fantastic Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum and find out about the humble beginnings of one of Scotland’s most famous sons.

Key Information:

Departure Point: South Queensferry Cruise Terminal, Edinburgh

Royal Princess (other ships on request)

Guaranteed departures, we never cancel tours … ever!

High spec coach with A/C, onboard bathroom and comfortable reclining seats

A separate tour guide and driver on every tour

100% money back guarantee if your ship doesn’t dock

Save up to 15% when you book other ports!

Easy and convenient online booking

Your Itinerary:

Greenock (1)

The tour starts from South Queensferry where you will be met by your WOW Scotland guide as you walk off the pier. As this is a tender port we’ve allowed lots of additional time for our guests to disembark. However, we’d recommend getting off the boat early and exploring the cobbled streets of South Queensferry. Our guide and driver will be there from early in the morning so you can easily check-in before you go exploring.

St Andrews (2)

Our first stop of the day is the coastal town of St Andrews. This beautiful town boasts panoramic views of the North Sea and is famous for its historic buildings, medieval street, not to mention it’s world famous golf courses! We have approximately two hours in St Andrews and have two different itineraries which you can choose between.

Option 1 – St Andrews Historical Walking Tour

If you like your history you will love exploring St Andrews with your WOW Scotland guide. They will first of all take you to 12th Century St Andrews’ Cathedral where you will the chance to walk through the grounds and admire the grandeur of this once mighty cathedral. You will then take a short walk over to St Andrews’ Castle and admire this ancient fortification from the outside. After this you will have around 1 hour to explore St Andrews by yourself. There are lots of cafes and shops or you may wish to explore the fantastic St Andrews University museum, which amongst other things boasts fantastic views from its viewing tower.

Option 2 – The Home of Golf

A trip to St Andrews is a golf lover’s dream. We start by dropping you at the British Golf Museum, which is situated right next to the Old Course. After looking around the fascinating golf exhibits you may wish to relax with a spot of lunch overlooking the course from the onsite cafe. Just around the corner is the Dunvegan Hotel (one of the best golf hangouts in the world according to the Golf Channel) and closeby is the legendary Swilken Bridge. And of course there are lots of golf shops where you can pick up a souvenir of your visit to the home of golf!

Falkland (a.k.a Inverness in Outlander!) (3)

A scenic drive through the Fife countryside takes us to the village of Falkland, the first conversation village created in Scotland. The village will be familiar to many, as it was used in the filming of Outlander to portray 1940s Inverness. However, whether or not you are a fan of the hit TV show, you will certainly be a fan of this charming village! We will have around 45 minutes to look around which is a great chance to pop into some of the small shops and cafes which are dotted around the centre.

Dunfermline (4)

Our tour ends culminates with a visit to Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland. Despite being one of Scotland’s most attractive and historically interesting towns, it is not on the tourist trail so is a great place to get off the beaten track and explore a lesser visited side of our wonderful country. We spend around 1 hour here.

Option 1 – Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Dunfermline was once the capital of Scotland and such is home has a fascinating history. We will visit two of the ‘Auld Grey Toun’s’ most historic buildings, the Abbey and the Palace. The Abbey is the final resting place of Robert the Bruce and 11 other Scottish kings and queens. The Palace was frequently used by the Scottish Royal family in the 16th Century and the future Charles 1st of England was born there.

Option 2 – Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

From his humble beginnings in Dunfermline, Andrew Carnegie went onto become the richest man in the world and personified the ‘American dream’. Here you can visit the house he grew up in and find out his early life before he emigrated to the USA, and his subsequent meteoric rise to success. The exhibition also features exhibits about what life was like in Dunfermline in the 19th Century and information on Andrew Carnegie’s many philanthropic acts.

Tour Gallery

Photos to come…

When you book the our shore excursions from South Queensferry on you are booking the following:

Comfortable touring coach featuring AC, on-board restroom and PA system
Pick-up directly across from the port gates
Money back guarantee if your ship is unable to reach port
A discount if you purchase tours in other ports (10% for 1 extra and 15% for 2!)
Passionate and experienced tour guide, with many 5 star TripAdvisor reviews
All admission charges included
Visit Scotland 5 star rated tour operator
5 star-rating, on TripAdvisor
A company which has taken over 5000 guests on shore excursions over the last six years, returning each and every one to the port on time

WOW Scotland deserves its name. Without a doubt the highlight of our week in Scotland.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What forms of payment do you accept?

All payments are taken through our secure online booking system which utilises Stripe. We accept most debit and credit cards, including American Express. We can also accept bank transfers where you accept the charges.

 

Can I book with confidence?

Yes! We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website.  We are confident that we do this, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016 and 2017  for providing “exceptional” tours.

Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor (as of  October  2017 we had 1020 5 Start reviews) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 activity in Inverness.

For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the local tourism body; Visit Loch Ness.  WOW Scotland has also featured in a number of local and national publications including Wanderlust, Coast Magazine, The Houston ChronicleThe Boston GlobeThe Vancouver Sun,  Scotland Outdoors Magazine, Scottish Life magazine (Autumn 2013 p 49), German TV programme Euromaxx and the Inverness Courier (our logo has even featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Johnny English Reborn).

Do you offer group discounts?

For groups of 10+ please contact us for preferential pricing.

Can I cancel my tour if I change my mind, or if I am unable to get to Inverness for any reason?

Yes, and our cancellation terms for scheduled tours from Inverness (i.e. Isle of Skye Tour, Whisky Bus and Highland & Speyside Explorer) are as follows;

  • If you cancel your tour at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled departure then we will refund you in full
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the scheduled departure you will not be entitled to a refund. However, if we are able to re-sell your place then we will be able to issue a 50% refund, so please let us know if you need to cancel, no matter how last minute it is.

Unfortunately we cannot make exceptions to these rules, as it would be unfair to treat customers differently.

Please note that booking direct with WOW Scotland gives you the best cancellation policy!

Do you offer guaranteed departures?

Yes, if you book onto one of our tours then we will run this tour, regardless if anyone else has booked on or not!

We have never had to cancel a tour yet but, if the weather forecast was so bad that we considered it dangerous to travel, then we may have to cancel a tour. However, this is extremely unlikely, and we would do our utmost to accommodate you on an alternative date.

Should I tip my guide?

If the tour meets or exceeds your expectations then please feel free to tip as it is always very much appreciated. However, please rest assured that tips are not expected in Scotland, so no offence will be taken if you don’t tip. It is worth noting, on coach tours, that the tour guide and the coach driver always pool their tips, sharing them equally, so it is fine to give money to either one of them.

What are your terms and conditions of booking?

Our terms and conditions can be found here. You’ll find a general overview of our cancellation terms in the FAQ is you don’t want to read though all the T&Cs!

Is it possible to pay on arrival?

Due to high demand for our tours, we are unable to secure your tour unless you pay in advance. For our coach tours we take full payment in advance. That said, if there are places available on the day you are welcome to join and pay on board.

What forms of payment do you accept?

All payments are taken through our secure online booking system which utilises Stripe. We accept most debit and credit cards, including American Express. We can also accept bank transfers where you accept the charges.

Can I book with confidence?

Yes! We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website.  We are confident that we do this, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016 and 2017  for providing “exceptional” tours.

Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor  (as of  October  2017 we had 1020 5 Start reviews) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 activity in Inverness.

For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the local tourism body; Visit Loch Ness.  WOW Scotland has also featured in a number of local and national publications including Wanderlust, Coast Magazine, The Houston ChronicleThe Boston GlobeThe Vancouver Sun,  Scotland Outdoors Magazine, Scottish Life magazine (Autumn 2013 p 49), German TV programme Euromaxx and the Inverness Courier (our logo has even featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Johnny English Reborn).

What type of transport do you use?

The Skye tour vehicle is always a very well-appointed 34-seater coach, which is equipped with a PA system, air conditioning, reclining seats and an on-board WC. The coach is white with D & E branding and there will be a WOW sign in the dashboard so you know you are at the right place.

For our Whisky Bus and Highland and Speyside Explorer Tour we typically use the same 34-seater coach, although sometimes we use a well appointed 48-seater instead.

Is the itinerary fixed/guaranteed?

The itinerary has been carefully planned to ensure that you get the most out of your day. However, there are factors outside of our control, such as traffic flow, road closures and adverse weather, that mean on rare occasions we may not be to achieve everything listed in the tour itinerary. Consequently, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary, although this will be a last resort.

Can I bring dogs and other pets on the tour?

Unfortunately dogs and other pets are not able to travel on our tours. If you are partially sighted or blind and use a guide dog to get around please do get in touch to discuss ways in which we can accommodate you and your dog.

Who will our tour guide be?

One of our highly competent local guides will lead your tour – you can read all about the team on our About page, or have a look at their reviews on TripAdvisor.

Can I bring luggage?

Yes, we do have space for a limited amount of luggage. If you wish to bring luggage please contact us before booking. There are also left luggage facilities at Inverness train station for those travelling back to Inverness (please check opening times of this facility prior to use).

Why should we choose WOW Scotland?

We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website.  We are confident that we do this, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016 for providing “exceptional” tours.

Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor  as of January 2017 762 out of our 791 reviews rate us as excellent, with the remaining 19 rating us as very good or average) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 activity in Inverness.

For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the local tourism body; Visit Loch Ness.  WOW Scotland has also featured in a number of local and national publications including Wanderlust, Coast Magazine, The Houston ChronicleThe Boston GlobeThe Vancouver Sun,  Scotland Outdoors Magazine, Scottish Life magazine (Autumn 2013 p 49), German TV programme Euromaxx and the Inverness Courier (our logo has even featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Johnny English Reborn).

Do I need to bring cash with me on the tour? If so, are Euros/US dollars accepted in Scotland?

It is advisable to bring some cash (GBP £) on all tours. Credit/debit cards are widely accepted but, in some small shops (or for smaller purchases), cash is the only option.

Please note that American Express is not commonly accepted in Scotland, but Visa and Mastercard should be fine. Unfortunately very few places will accept other currencies such as Euros or US dollars.

Does the tour only run on the dates listed on your website?

Yes, you’ll find the most up-to-date tour dates on our calendar.  Scheduled tours will only run on the listed dates.

Do you offer any other group tours?

Our groups tours from Inverness are listed here

Isle of Skye tour
Whisky Bus
Highland & Speyside Explorer Tour

I’m a travel agent, can we work together?

We work closely with a number of agents all over the world and welcome enquiries from all travel agents. Whilst we are unable to offer travel agent discounts on private tours, we can offer commission on our scheduled coach tours, for those agents who are sending us their clients on a regular basis.

Do you offer foreign language tours?

For scheduled/coach tours unfortunately not (although this is something we hope to offer in the future). For private tours it is worth asking when booking as we do have guides with knowledge of French and German.

Do you have any reviews?

Yes, lots! Check out our TripAdvisor ratings to see what our customers say about us (we are currently number 1 in Inverness, have 5 stars and have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence – which means we rate amongst the top 10% of TripAdvisor businesses worldwide – every year since we started the business in 2010!)

You can also see reviews for WOW Scotland on YelpFacebook and Google

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