The Firth of Forth, Iconic Rail Bridge, the prom, ice cream, eateries, and a couple of pubs.
If you want to get out of Edinburgh for a morning or an afternoon then take a jolly to South Queensferry. Its got history, views of the Firth of Forth and the iconic Forth Rail Bridge as well as plenty of places for coffee, cake, food and beverages.
The two bridges, the rail and the road represent two different periods in Scotland’s engineering history and in the development of bridge building techniques. The rail bridge is the iconic one with its strong design and colour, this was built over a number of years and opened in 1890 at a total cost of £3.2million. The bridge is 2528 meters long and carries passenger trains. The bridge has become an iconic statement of Scotland’s engineering history and is the gateway to the north east of Scotland.
Bus and Boat Tours. At the foot of the red rail bridge there is a boat launch area where a boat trip out to Inchcolm Island which can make a pleasant stop if the weather is good. There are various operators of boat tours from South Queensferry but Forth Tours incorporate a direct bus from the city centre to South Queesnferry with a boat ride. For up to date information on times and prices visit the Fourth Tours website.
For the more adventurous walk back to Edinburgh via the path at the water side, its a good walk through pleasant beaches and woodland and will take about 3 hours. Stop for a refreshment at the Cramond Bistro or the Cramond Inn Pub.
Getting to South Queensferry
- By Train Waverly Station or Haymarket Station – Timetable/Booking/Cost
- The train goes to Dalmeny Train Station, its then a quick walk to South Queensferry
- By Bus From Edinburgh – Timetable/Booking/Cost