[Image of Hopetoun House by Visit Scotland]
With everything from Burrymen and Fair Queens to stately homes, this small town has a variety of attractions and events to keep you entertained all year long.
If you’re keen to learn more about the history of both Queensferry and The Bridges, Queensferry Museum is a must. Whether your interest is social history, folk traditions or civic engineering, there’s something here for everyone.
The Ferry Fair is the town’s much-loved annual week-long event. Featuring processions along the High Stree, the formal crowning of the Ferry Fair Queen, motor bikes and classic cars, floats, dancing, the Burryman and more, it should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Lovers of stately homes are spoilt for choice, with both Hopetoun House and Dalmeny House on the outskirts of Queensferry. Both have majestic grounds and remarkable interiors and stunning collections – a visit to either is a delight.
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.
[Image of Craigie Farm by Visit Scotland]
On your way home, make sure you stop at Craigies Farm Shop. Fruit and veg, dairy, butchery, bakery and more can be bought here, where locally grown food is at the forefront. Fancy picking your own? Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, currants, blackcurrants and gooseberries can be picked in the summer months ready to be taken home, stocked-up in your freezer, made into jam for the winter months, or sprinkled over ice cream – delicious!
An annual highlight on the South Queensferry calendar is The Loony Dook. Taking place on New Year’s Day, up to a thousand people in fancy dress throw themselves into the freezing water of the Firth of Forth. The tradition dates to 1987 as a somewhat extreme attempt by a group of locals to find a hangover cure. The event has now grown in popularity and today attracts participants from all over the world. Most people go in for a quick dip and retreat quickly whilst some brave souls stay in for as long as half an hour. This tradition is definitely one for the hardiest, or looniest, of folk!
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