The pretty former Royal Burgh of Queensferry sits on the shore on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It is linked to the ancient Kingdom of Fife by three bridges over the River Forth.
Visit South Queensferry for a day out rich in history with plenty to see and do on both land and water.
Wander the cobbled streets (which are actually granite setts) of the town to soak up the atmosphere of bygone days, sample a wee beer at the Ferry Brewery, and visit one of the shoreside cafes and restaurants to sit and admire the Forth Bridges in all their glory.
Out on the Water
The waters of the Forth play a big part in South Queensferry life. Stroll around the Port Edgar Marina and pick up some brands in Beacon Stores – one of the largest marina outlets in Scotland. Hop on a boat to explore under the bridges or spot seals and terns en-route to one of the local uninhabited islands.
History & Heritage
This small town packs a big punch heritage-wise. Dalmeny House, Hopetoun House and Midhope Castle are a delight to explore and local history and traditions are well documented by the excellent Queensferry History Group. Take a look at their blog for lots of interesting local history.
The Queensferry Heritage Trust has developed an excellent benchmark and sundial walk. And be sure to take a look around the Queensferry Museum for the story of the first iconic bridge and what life was like for the ‘Briggers’ who worked on it. Take a stroll to The Briggers Memorial which commemorates and remembers those involved in the epic construction of the bridges and the nearby Guardian of the Bridges which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge.
South Queensferry is also an excellent base for walking and cycling. Start with the Forth Bridges Trail to get your bearings and then explore further via the many paths, loops, and trails. There’s lots to explore in the local area, including the famous Binny Craig landmark, the House of the Binns, Beecraigs Country Park, Bo’Ness and Kinneil Steam Railway, and, of course, the beautiful city of Edinburgh.