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.
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.
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.
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!