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Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

1. Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

Upon arrival at Hawes Pier, you will collect your boarding passes and pay for your landing passes to enable you to land on Inchcolm Island 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.

Edinburgh: 'Firth of Forth' Three Bridges Sightseeing Cruise

2. Edinburgh: 'Firth of Forth' Three Bridges Sightseeing Cruise

Your boat tour will depart from the South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Your tour will include magnificent views of the "three bridges", including the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Railway Bridge. In addition, you can take in the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline, the Kingdom of Fife and the historic island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. As part of the tour you will stop at the island to drop off and pick up visitors. Cruise along and discover the magic of the red railway Forth Bridge, the Forth Road suspension bridge, and the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world, Queensferry Crossing. For your comfort, relax onboard in the heated observation lounge or on the outside decks, and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. During your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to both see and photograph a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, porpoises and seals.

Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

3. 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.

Edinburgh: Queensferry Bus Tour & Firth of Forth Cruise

4. Edinburgh: Queensferry Bus Tour & Firth of Forth Cruise

Board your bus in the heart of Edinburgh and travel through the Georgian New Town on a guided bus tour. Continue towards the charming town of South Queensferry, where you will take a relaxing boat cruise on the Firth of Forth.  Enjoy superb views of the Edinburgh and Fife coastlines as well as the iconic 3 bridges which cross the estuary, including the Forth Rail Bridge. Look out for seals and puffins, depending on the time of year. Before you head back to Edinburgh on your return bus journey, explore the beautiful conservation town of South Queensferry at your own pace. Discover its picturesque harbor and stunning coastal views, which make this one of Scotland's most beautiful towns.

Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

5. Firth of Forth: 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.

St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

6. St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

Take a full-day trip from Edinburgh and discover the natural beauty of the Fife coast, taking in quaint fishing villages, abbey’s, and the famous university town of St. Andrews, led by an expert guide. From Edinburgh head to South Queensferry and take a look at 2 of the most remarkable bridges in the world–the Forth Rail Bridge built in 1890, and it’s much younger neighbor, the Forth Road bridge. Cross the River Forth and stop-off at the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of King Robert the Bruce. See the gold ornate tomb, and learn about the effect of the reformation on the Abbey, when under Henry VIII’s rule churches were destroyed, supposedly in the name of God. Travel along the Fife coast passing Carnegie Hall, the birthplace of world-famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Stop-off at charming little fishing villages, including Anstruther, an old Herring stronghold. Try the best fish and chips in Scotland, or have a snack at the Fisheries Museum. Continue on to St. Andrews, home of golf, religion, and the famous university. Here you will spend 2.5 hours. Explore the beautiful settings, in good weather the beach featuring in the movie Chariots of Fire is particularly popular, as are the 16th Century tunnels under the castle. Golf lovers may want to pay respects at the grave of Tom Morris, visit the Golf Museum, try out the Links Course Putting Green, or simply walk along Granny Clark’s Wynd–a public right-of-way running over the old course.

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours & Firth of Forth Cruise

7. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours & Firth of Forth Cruise

City Sightseeing Edinburgh See all the main attractions with CitySightseeing Edinburgh. There’s multi-language commentary in 9 languages and a special Horrible Histories commentary for your children, narrated by Terry Deary himself. Edinburgh Tour Explore Edinburgh's city center taking in the spectacular buildings including Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, and the architecture of the Georgian New Town with a live guide in English. Majestic Tour The Majestic Tour heads north of Edinburgh's City Centre towards the port of Leith with highlights including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Majestic Tour features a multi-lingual commentary in 10 languages.  Firth of Forth Bus and Boat Trip Board your bus at St Andrew Square in the heart of Edinburgh for a tour to South Queensferry, followed by a boat tour aboard one of Forth Boat Tours fleet of vessels. Enjoy superb views of Edinburgh and Fife’s coastlines as well as the iconic Three Bridges, the Forth Road Bridge, The Forth Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing. Get your camera out and look for puffins and seals along the way.

Queensferry: Town History Guided Walking Tour

8. Queensferry: Town History Guided Walking Tour

Watch the past come alive as your guide takes you back in time on this walking tour of Queensferry. Explore the town's highlights and hidden gems as you walk to destinations like the Priory Church and the charming the Harbor. Meet your local guide at the seal statue at Hawes pier and begin your walking tour. Listen as your guide tells you the area's unique traditions and stories. Find out why the town is famous for its bridges. Stroll to the bright blue Hawes Inn which houses a classic pub. Capture a picture of the Roman numerals on the Jubilee Clock Tower. Admire the Gothic architecture of the Priory Church. Take a stroll by the old buildings in the city's harbor. Learn about the importance of this town during the first world war. Uncover the tale of how it developed a bustling import and export market. Hear about how this town was once the home of witches. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

9. From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

Discover the ultimate tour for whisky lovers and get a real taste of life in the Highlands and Scottish countryside. Your driver, a Scottish whisky ambassador, will share their knowledge and stories with you along the way, and may even stop for an extra dram or 2 along the way. Begin your adventure by heading across the Forth River and heading up to the Highlands where you will stop at your first distillery, the world-famous Dalwhinnie Distillery, which was built in 1897 and is Scotland's highest distillery. Break for lunch at the famous House of Braur, where you can also pick up gifts and souvenirs from your time in Scotland. Afterward, head to your second distillery, Blair Atholl, which is the oldest working distillery in Scotland and was founded in 1798. If time permits, stop at one more distillery on the way back to your hotel for one final tasting.

Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

10. Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

FIRST DAY - Departing from our meeting point, the first stop will be at the William Wallace Monument from where his famous battle will be explained without leaving any detail out. - After this, a break for coffee while admiring the beauty of the Falls of Dochart. - On the way to Fort William for lunch, enjoy the amazing Rannoch Moor and the most famous valley in Scotland: GlenCoe. - Next stop, Fort Augustus. Take a picture of sign of the most famous lake in the world and discover the Caledonian Canal. - On to Urquhart Castle, known as the humble abode of Nessie. - Inverness will be the last stop of the day. SECOND DAY - After a good night of rest and an energetic Scottish breakfast, the next stop will be Blair Athol distillery: the guide will explain everything about whisky. - Following the distillery, the next bit will be an encounter with the Scottish nature: a small walk along River Braan in The Hermitage Forest to finally discover some falls. - Lunch today will be in Dunkeld, a historic town which was the capital of Scotland in IX century. - After this, the next stop will be St Andrews, the most famous town in Scotland for its history, culture and golf. - Before arriving in Edinburgh, a short stopped will be made to admire the Forth Bridge, built in 1890.

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What people are saying about Queensferry

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,080 reviews

Very well run and informative trip . The weather was great too so that made it much better . Dog friendly and the views of the bridges and history of the area was nice to hear . We will definitely do it again

Great tour saw lots of Fife villages with a stop for lunch. Went to St Andrew’s and had lots of time to explore. Especially the Golf course. Nice to leave the driving to someone else.

Our guide Brian was excellent, informative and funny. We enjoyed the info and stops along the way and spent 2+ hours at St. Andrews.

ver good commentary. Kind to my friends who were French speaking as they gave them some printed information in French to read

Very informative and friendly staff. Most enjoyable and good value for money.