South Queensferry

There are many things to do in South Queensferry was once the main point to board ferries over to Fife and is now bounded by the three spectacular bridges over the Forth estuary. Its cobbled streets, cafes, historic pubs and walks attract people from the surrounding area. It has a small beach and jetty where you can sometimes see seals sunbathing.

Take a boat tour to travel under the Forth Bridge and explore the wildlife and history of the islands. You can even land on Inchcolm, which is home to both a 12th-century abbey and the Second World War defences.

Dalmeny House and Hopetoun House are two fine stately homes located on the outskirts of South Queensferry, and both are excellent attractions which boast lovely grounds, impressive architecture and historic artefacts.

The town is also a great place to start a coastal walk by joining the John Muir Way and following it through Dalmeny Estate and towards Cramond village.

There is a rail link to the centre of Edinburgh, 20 minutes away ( although the station is a hike up a hill – fine for coming home)


12 miles to Edinburgh along the coastline, hidden beaches, stately homes, harbours and a Roman fort that once was home to the Roman Emporer while he conquered Scotland.

Dalmenty House circuit 5 miles ( see map)

Hopetoun House is 5 miles (see map)

Blackness Casstle 12 miles ( see map)


  • Ferry Tap – real ales
  • Orroco Pier – nice outdoor area with views of bridges
  • The Railway Tavern – nice outdoor area with views of bridges

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