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Get Festive in South Queensferry

11 December 2015

Edinburgh is a truly magical at this time of year, but sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle for a while to enjoy a slightly slower pace and the stunning scenery of Edinburgh’s outer lying areas.  South Queensferry, located on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth is just a hop, skip and a jump from the capital, offering a great option to escape the city for an afternoon of fun with the family or friends. 

Equally, for those people living in Fife, the ‘Festive Ferry’ has loads to offer and provides a closer alternative to get some Christmas shopping done or a chance to enjoy a festive tipple or two without travelling into the city.   And, despite the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, it’s still very accessible, with ScotRail services running regularly from Inverkeithing. 

Whether it’s a relaxing day of shopping in South Queensferry’s independent shops and boutiques, ranging from jewellers to kiltmakers and chocolatiers; a leisurely stroll, catching some fresh air on coastal walk through Dalmeny Estate to Cramond Beach; or a lunch and cocktails with friends at a restaurant and bar with a riverside view,  there is something for all discerning tastes. 

EATING AND DRINKING

Lulu’s Diner

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New to South Queensferry is Lulu’s Diner.  Run by baker and self-confessed foodie Nicola Ruzgar, well-known for her fresh, new approach to Vegan cooking and baking, Lulu’s Diner is a lively and welcome addition to the village. Serving up everything from eggless pancakes to fruity cocktails, this 1950s-style Vegan diner already has a keen following and looks set to be a favourite among vegans, vintage lovers and artisans from across the east of Scotland and beyond. 

This festive season Lulu's are serving up lots of lovely festive treats, including ginger bread soya lattes, gingerbread or mince pie sundaes, gingerbread shakes, orange spice hot chocolate, festive cakes to order and bottomless coffee refills. They'll also be hosting a family friendly Hogmanay party with a buffet drinks and entertainment for only £15 a head, and kids under 5 can go free. 

4 High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9PP (0131 629 5150). Facebook

Scott’s

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Scott’s is South Queensferry’s very own licensed ice cream parlour, cafe and chocolate confectioner. Pop by for a warming bowl of soup or Panini and sample some of its other culinary delights, such as home baking and speciality coffee, sundaes and milkshakes.  It’s great for breakfast, lunch or a light bite – and for picking up some beautifully crafted, individual chocolates as a special gift or treat. You’ll also find a whole host of seasonal specials, from spiced lattes and cream-topped hot chocolate with marshmallows to mince pies and festive fancies – perfect for warming your cockles this Christmas.

6-7 High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9PP (0131 319 2255). Website

The Boat House

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The Boat House is one of Scotland’s most spectacular seafood restaurants – set against a stunning backdrop of the River Forth. Needless to say, its enviable locale affords diners an unrivalled riverside view - arguably one of the most beautiful in the world.  Specialities include pan-fried scallops, wild Scottish halibut, local lobster, crab and rock oysters.

Rumour has it, it’s hot smoked salmon and mackerel fish cakes are a huge hit too.

22 High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9PP (0131 331 5429). Website

The Hawes Inn

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Cosy up over a hearty meal at country pub and restaurant The Hawes Inn.

Pick a spot by the roaring log fire and enjoy its rustic charm and daily specials, which range from local specialities, including hand-crumbed langoustines and mussels, to seasonal favourites such as pan-fried lamb. Or choose from the Inn’s festive menu, which features traditional fare with all the trimmings – which can, of course, be washed down with a glass of fine wine or cask ale.  Now part of the Vintage Inns group, The Hawes Inn has been a mainstay in the village for a number of years – proving a firm favourite with both locals and visitors alike.

Visit the website at www.vintageinn.co.uk to find out more and check out its Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Hogmanay menus.

7 Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9YA (0131 331 1990)

SHOPPING

Allium

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If you’re looking for an extra special, or bespoke, Christmas gift, check out Allium, which specialises in unique silver jewellery – handmade in South Queensferry by mum-and-daughter team Janette and Kirstin Anderson. The shop stocks their stunning collection of 14Ten Designs jewellery, as well as original photography, greetings cards, Highland Stoneware, Belltrees Forge homewares, Lubyloo Designs Harris Tweed accessories and lots of other Scottish gifts.

Find Allium at 4A Hopetoun Street or visit the website at www.14tendesigns.com

4A Hopetoun Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9RA

Caledonia Scotia Kiltmakers

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Get along to Caledonia Scotia Kiltmakers for your Christmas or Hogmanay attire.

The family-run firm specialises in full kilt outfits to buy or hire and even does alterations. 

It has a number of special offers this festive season, such as full kilt outfits from £699 and eight-yard handmade kilts in medium or heavyweight cloth for only £299. The traditional kiltmaker also specialises in Argyle and Prince Charlie jackets with vests, which are currently £189.

Take advantage of its special offers until January 31 2016, or pick up some gift vouchers.

Find the shop next to the Forth Bridge, or find out more at www.caledoniascotiakilts.com

6b Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9TA

Scruples Jewellers

Scruples on the High Street stocks a number of special gifts, which include jewellery and other silver Scottish gifts, such as quaichs and hip flasks.  Popular with tourists, it also stocks a fantastic range of souvenirs, including some Forth Bridge items – great for sending to family across the miles.  Pop in for a warm and friendly welcome and check out its range of jewellery, watches, porcelain and gifts.

44 High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9HN

Maisie’s

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Run by childrenswear designer Marie Munday, Maisie’s Home & Gift Boutique stocks a selection of new baby and children’s gifts, as well as greeting cards and jewellery.  It’s a pretty little shop also selling the likes of hand-picked home interior gifts and candles by top names such as Emma Bridgewater and Lily-Flame.  It offers a unique and intimate shopping experience – ideal if you’re looking for that special gift which oozes originality and thoughtfulness.

Pop in store or visit the website at www.maisies boutique.co.uk

24 High Street, South Queensferry EH30 9PP

Getting to South Queensferry

TRAIN: The normal ScotRail timetable continues to operate, with an additional services added from Inverkeithing to Edinburgh Waverley.  Click here for timetable and information.

BUS: Stagecoach will be providing extra buses from the Park and Ride sites at Halbeath and Ferrytoll into Edinburgh. Click here for timetable and information.

The City of Edinburgh Council has also introduce a shuttle service for South Queensferry during the Forth Road Bridge closure. The small coach service runa on a circular route between Dalmeny Rail Station and various points in the town throughout the week. The service will operate on weekdays from 5.30am to 8am and 4pm to 7pm and will stop at Dalmeny Station, Station Road, The Loan, Ferrymuir, Builyeon Road, Bo’ness Road, High Street and Hawes Car Park. For further details visit the City of Edinburgh Council website

CAR: South Queensferry is still accessible by car and open for business. Car-sharing can be an effective option for longer trips or if you need to drive to a rail station or Park and Ride. Liftshare lets you organise car-sharing to share the costs, whilst reducing congestion and pollution at the same time.

Remember to check Traffic Scotland for updates and follow @edintravel on Twitter for live traffic news for Edinburgh. Once you arrive in South Queensferry, you can refer to this leaflet to help find your way around. 

Find out more about South Queensferry in our guide >