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South Queensferry and Firth of Forth

Just a few minute's train ride from Edinburgh Waverley, South Queensferry can seem like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you'd discover quirky independent shopping, the gateway to the Firth of Forth and plenty to see and do.

Top Attractions in South Queensferry 

If you arrive into South Queensferry via train, take the scenic walk down Jacob's Ladder right down to the shore and the historic Hawes Inn. This popular establishment has been running since 1683 and is still going strong today. Pop in for a bite to eat and a drink, and you'll be following in the footsteps of the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. 

Walk a little futher up the High Street and you'll find the Queensferry Museum, which boasts a fascinating showcase of the history and traditions of South Queensferry, as well as a wealth of information on the Forth Bridges. Talking of which, you can get breathtaking panoramic views of the Firth of Forth and the three bridges at the South Queensferry Harbour or Hawes Pier

Shopping in South Queensferry

South Queensferry Colourful Street

In South Queensferry you'll find lots of quirky shops and independent boutiques perfect for finding that unique gift. Scruples Jewellers and Allium offer beautiful pieces of jewellery and some lovely trinkets and gifts that are well worth a look. For your fashion fix, pop into Joyce Paton which has an intriguing range of hats, costumes, corsets and gowns.

If you've got a sweet tooth, be sure to pop into Scott's which has a tempting range of gorgeous chocolates and sweets to buy, or treat yourself to one of their ice creams to enjoy by the seaside. See more South Queensferry shopping ideas on our blog >

Explore the Firth of Forth

Forth Rail Bridge

South Queensferry is the perfect base for walking across the Forth Road Bridge. The bracing walk is 2.5km long each way, but it offers fantastic views of the Forth Bridge and the Firth of Forth. 

You can also explore the Forth by boat. Head over to Hawes Pier and you'll find boat trips to Inchcolm Island, a fascinating site steeped in history and home to many sea birds and a seal colony.  

If you want to explore a little further afield, Edinburgh Boat Charters is based at Port Edgar Marina and stops at Scottish East Coast ports such as Arbroath, Pittenweem and Montrose. 

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