If it’s exploration you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Dairsie is fantastically placed to delve into the historical settings of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

St. Andrews (15 minutes drive)
Why not visit the work place of one of Dairsie’s past tenants? The ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral are spectacular. Not only will you marvel at how big it must have been, but if you climb St. Rule Tower, you can appreciate a breath-taking view of the surroundings. You can also go next door to visit the ruins of St. Andrews Castle.
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyabout.htm?PropID=PL_249&PropName=St%20Andrews%20Cathedral

Follow in the footsteps of the royal couple and take a tour around the old haunts of Wills & Kate.
http://blog.standrews.co.uk/2011/05/where-wills-met-kate-in-st-andrews/

Edinburgh (1 hour drive)
The one thing not to miss in Edinburgh is, of course, Edinburgh Castle. Explore the heritage behind the iconic building which carves out the city’s skyline.
http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/

Not for the faint-hearted, delve into the dark and murky history ofthe city by going on one of the history and ghost walk tours. Or slightly less gruesome, help uncover the archeological mystery behindthe Gilmerton Cove caves under the streets of Edinburgh.
http://www.mercattours.com/home.asp
http://www.realmarykingsclose.com/
http://www.gilmertoncove.org.uk/

Walk up Arthur’s Seat for a beautiful view of the city and a good bout of fresh Scottish air.
http://walking.visitscotland.com/walks/centralscotland/holyrood_park_arthurs_seat

If you happen to come in the summer months, you will be treated to the yearly transformation of the city into an energetic explosion of multi-cultural, artistic expression that is the Edinburgh Festival. The Festival is an amalgamation of the book, art, film, international, and Fringe festivals and the streets are filled with street performers and fellow revelers. During this time there is also the Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a brilliant display of music, dancers and performers.
http://www.edfringe.com/
http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/

Another time of year that is great for Scottish-style reveling is Edinburgh’s New Year Hogmanay. Join all the others at the Street Party and welcome the new year! Tickets can be found online near the time.