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Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

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Activity provider: Maid of the Forth

Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

Activity provider: Maid of the Forth
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From US$ 22.09 per person

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise from Queensferry, with a visit to Inchcolm Island. View the ancient Abbey, marvel at the magnificent wildlife, or relax on the tranquil beaches, with stunning views.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • See the best preserved monastic ruins in Scotland
  • Take in unrivalled views of the Forth bridges
  • Spot the amazing wildlife on the Forth
Full description

Upon arrival at Hawes Pier, you will collect your boarding passes from the Maid of the Forth ticket office. Making your way down the pier you will board the Maid and set sail for Inchcolm, cruising underneath the iconic Forth rail bridge, a world Unseco heritage site. you will enjoy views of both the Fife and Edinburgh coastline, sailing past the Haystack seal colony and arriving at Historic Inchcolm Island. Here you will enjoy 1.5 hours to explore all the island has to offer, the Abbey*, world war fortifications, visitor centre, and gift shop. There is something for everyone to enjoy on Inchcolm. Inchcolm Abbey is currently closed for inspection works, access is still available to the east of the Island.

  • Return sightseeing cruise to and from Inchcolm Island
  • 1.5 hours of time on Inchcolm Island
  • Food and drinks onboard
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Collect your boarding passes at the brick building at the top of Hawes Pier. You cannot board before collecting your boarding pass.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Inchcolm Abbey is currently closed for inspection, however, the remainder of the Island is open
  • The Island has gravel paths and can be uneven underfoot
  • The Island is home to nesting gulls at certain points in the season
  • Well-behaved dogs are welcome onboard the boat and Island; they must be kept on a leash at all times
  • Tours are non-refundable but can be transferred to a different date subject to an admin fee
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4.8 /5

based on 24 reviews

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A wonderful trip with everything to see. We were a little late but everyone was so kind that our experience was still a lovely one. There was a lot to see and photograph and the bridges at close range were spectacular. We saw seals basking and the little Inchcolm Island was enchanting. A good value mini cruise with good-natured people in charge. Altogether well worth the money and time spent. One small point to warn others: the journey to the Queensferry start point is a good 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh. If you go by taxi it costs £25 plus, If you go by bus the time is hefty and there should be more prior warning about these if people don’t have their own car. Nevertheless, a great experience all round.

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June 12, 2022

It was a really great experience. Beautiful weather and lovely scenery.

June 26, 2022

June 26, 2022

Product ID: 416623