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Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

1. Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history, and fascinating marine wildlife. Join this boat tour on a 90-minute cruise onboard a superb vessel. Depart from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Take in views of Blackness Castle, the ship that never sails and featured in Outlander and the Outlaw King. There are also views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. You will also see the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before including the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge. For your comfort relax onboard with friends and family in the observation lounge or on the outside decks and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy your complimentary cream tea. Spot the marine wildlife, during your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds and seals.

Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

2. Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

Your tour will begin as you visit the booking office and gift shop to collect your boarding pass. From there, you will make your way onto Hawes Pier to board the boat and embark on your sightseeing cruise. Once the boat has departed Hawes Pier, there will be a brief safety message played to all passengers before the audio commentary begins. The journey then starts with the boat heading under the Red Forth Rail Bridge before continuing past the historic Inchgarvie Island towards Inchcolm Island. You can listen as the skipper points out seals, puffins, and other wildlife that can be found throughout the cruise. Once around Inchcolm Island, you can watch carefully for sunbathing seals on the Haystack before the cruise continues back under the Red Rail Bridge towards the Forth Road Bridge and the recently opened Queensferry Crossing. Once under these majestic bridges, the boat will cruise back to Hawes Pier where you will be free to disembark.

Discover Historic South Queensferry: A Self-Guided Tour

3. Discover Historic South Queensferry: A Self-Guided Tour

Queensferry is one of Scotland’s most ancient crossing points, and is steeped in historic tales from its rich and colourful past. This picturesque town is nestled between Scotland’s iconic bridges – Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, and Queensferry Crossing. The tour starts in front of the Forth Bridge Memorial in the shadows of the iconic Forth railway bridge and UNESCO site. From there, you’ll walk through this ancient Royal Burgh town and hear stories of air raids, mysterious parades, and witchcraft. You’l follow in the footsteps of past visitors, from Robert Louis Stevenson and Alfred Hitchcock, to King Olav of Norway. I’ll tell you about its royal roots and a local lord with high ambitions. With its 15th century medieval Priory, 17th century dwellings, and 19th century harbour you will be surprised at what hidden tales await you! En route to the Binks, Queensferry’s ancient crossing point where the tour ends, you’ll have a chance to: • Stand in the shadow of the mighty Forth Bridge, which in 1890 was the largest steel structure on earth • Take in the Forth Road Bridge, once the longest suspension road bridge in Europe – and, coincidentally, the fourth longest in the world • Gaze up at Queensferry Crossing, the bridge with three rather unusual records under its belt • See Hawes Inn, a 17th-century inn under Forth Bridge that was frequented by Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson • Spot Inchgarvie Island that was first fortified over a 1,000 years ago • Find out if Black Castle – which isn’t actually a castle – is black because of a sinister point in its history • Hear the history of the old tolbooth, which has served as a customs office, court, council chamber, and even a jail • Learn about Samuel Wilson, once one of the wealthiest men in Queensferry, while standing outside his former home, Plewlands House • Pass by the Priory of St. Mary of Mount Carmel, the UK’s oldest Carmelite church still in operation today • Discover what a Binks is and why it’s so important to the town’s history

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Time well spent enjoying massive structures and islands. Opted cruise trip on a sunny day which helped to get the best out of the tour. Audio commentory was really helpful

It was a well organised, informative trip. I was able to take my small, well behaved service dog with me.

Very good trip well worth the money excellent views and a lot of Scottish history learnt

Lovely trip under the bridges very informative and lovely staff

Great views and lovely staff. Good value for money