The Royal Burgh of South Queensferry sits on the shores of the Firth of Forth and only 20 minutes from Edinburgh. The burgh was created in the 13th century and became a Royal Burgh in 1636.
The Royal Burgh with Three Bridges
Did you know the Royal Burgh of South Queensferry is the only place in the UK to be home to three kinds of bridges? The current Forth Road Bridge (suspension bridge), The Forth Rail Bridge (cantilever bridge) and the soon to be completed Queensferry Crossing (cable-stayed bridge). Did you know that the Forth Rail Bridge was the longest single cantilever bridge in the world until 1917?
Visiting the Royal Burgh of South Queensferry
The quaint town is easily accessible with a regular train service from Edinburgh to Dalmeny. Lothian buses also operate a bus service from Edinburgh or why not hop on the summer Bus and Boat Tour from Waverley Train Station. The tour includes Edinburgh’s Princes Street, New Town and South Queensferry. Upon arrival, you have the option to take the boat tour to Inchcolm Island (purchase ticket on-board boat).
Inchcolm Island is situated in the middle of the Firth of Forth and was fortified during both World Wars to protect Edinburgh. Did you know that during World War II the Firth of Forth was targeted by German fighter planes? The history of the island takes us back to 567 when the island was supposedly visited by St Columba. Throughout history, the island has had religious standing with fragments of stone carving found, said to be dated from the dark ages. Today you can see and walk through the remains of the former Augustine Inchcolm Abbey, as well as the fortification remains.
The island’s wildlife is mainly birds with a large colony of seagulls and fulmars, there is also the opportunity to see seals basking around the island. Other inhabitant’s of the island are the two Historic Scotland stewards who maintain the island and run the gift shop.
South Queensferry is a great day out for the whole family with walks along the promenade, beach and a variety of small gift shops, cafes and ice cream parlour. There are also a number of attractions in the area such as Hopetoun House, Dalmeny House and Deep Sea World.
Throughout the year there are a number of events taking place such as the Ferry Fair Festival and the Burry Man.
There is a variety of accommodation in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. I would recommend to pre-book as it’s now high season in Scotland. If you would like more flexibility to tour some of Scotland’s scenic routes, why not hire a car? Did you know you can pre-book a hire car to collect at Edinburgh Airport on arrival. Ideal for traveling to beauty spots in both the north and south?
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