Visiting South Queensferry, Edinburgh

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South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK

South Queensferry

Making the most of Edinburgh’s glorious spring sunshine, we decided to spend an afternoon heading out to the village of South Queensferry. Located under the famous Forth Road bridges, it certainly makes for a picturesque view. Take a walk along the pretty coastal pastel houses and enjoy an ice cream with a view. You can also visit one of the many bridge-facing restaurants for a totally unique dining experience on the waterfront.

The Forth Road Bridges

One of the most recognisable icons of Edinburgh’s landmarks is the forth rail bridge. Crossing nine miles between Edinburgh and Fife, it passes over the Firth of Forth. Now 127 years old in 2017, it continues to mark its place in the heart of Edinburgh. Flying into Edinburgh airport, the bridges are the first things you’ll often see from the air. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of knowing that you’re home.

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South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK

Getting There from Edinburgh

The easiest way to reach South Queensferry would be by car. Around a 20-minute drive from the centre of Edinburgh, there are plenty of places to park along the village and by the bridges. Another option would be to go by bus, take the Stagecoach number 40 from George Street in the city centre to go straight there. Do keep in mind that the bus will add another 20 minutes or so onto your journey.

What’s There?

Learn about the history of the village and the process of building the bridges at the Queensferry Museum. It’s in South Queensferry, which was once one of the main points to board ferries over to Fife. It’s still used as a port today, but most of the boats are destined for islands in the Forth.

Weather permitting, take a boat tour to travel under the Forth Bridge and explore it’s surrounding islands. You can even land on Incholm Island in the middle of the Forth, home to a 12th century abbey and the remains of WW2 defences.

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South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK
South Queensferry Edinburgh travel blogger UK

Things To See

On the outskirts of South Queensferry you’ll also find Dalmeny House and Hopetown House. Two beautiful stately homes with perfectly maintained grounds and traditional architecture.

On a sunny day, South Queensferry is also a great place to start a coastal walk following John Muir Way all the way through Dalmeny Estate and towards Cramond village.

Where to Dine

Being on the sea you’ll be unsurprised to know that South Queensferry is home to excellent seafood and fish restaurants. Check out the Boathouse for the latest fresh catch of the day. If you’re looking for dining with a view, grab yourself a window seat at the Railbridge Bistro. For a more traditional pub lunch, try the Ferry Tap, a wonderful traditional classic British pub. Treat yourself to afternoon tea at Stables Tearoom, or for a sweet treat check out one of the many ice cream shops along the waterfront.

Have you been to visit South Queensferry? It’s worth a visit if you’re in Edinburgh and are longing for some fresh sea air!

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  • This looks so cute! I definitely want to go there when I am in Edinburgh this summer. X
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

    • Sounds great, treat yourself to a little seaside ice cream too! x

  • How cute are the painted houses?! I’ve only been to Edinburgh once I think and I haven’t been to Scotland for years so I think I’m overdue another visit x

    LuxeStyle

    • Aren’t they adorable! The majority of Edinburgh doesn’t look like this but it’s nice to find a splash of colour here! x

  • Oooh what a beautiful spot! I am half Scottish and have been up there so many times but have never discovered Queensferry! It looks absolutely dreamy, next time we head up we will absolutely stop off there! AND the sun was shining! Immy x

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    • It’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon and grab yourself an ice cream! x

  • Lisa

    This is absolutely adorable and your photos are gorgeous! It’s so interesting to be from right next so S. Queensferry and read this from a different perspective to my own. Glad to see you managed an ice cream!
    Lisa x | http://www.whatlisadidnext.com

    • I’ve wanted to head out there for years after passing it time and time again crossing the bridges, such a cute little village! x