The town has lots to offer, from boat tours to guided history walks through the High Street, woodland, shoreline and bridge walks, beaches, harbour, marina, cycle routes, restaurants, cafés and shops.
You can take a boat trip from the Hawes Pier out to Inchcolm Island to see the beautifully preserved abbey which was founded in 1123 by King Alexander I. Watch for the abundant wildlife - including puffins, seals, porpoises, dolphins and occasionally whales.
The bustling Port Edgar Marina is one of the country’s major yachting and water sports centres where sailing lessons, kayaking, paddle boarding and a range of other water sports are available.
Located on the Firth of Forth, between the iconic Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing, Port Edgar is a vibrant marina and an ideal base for exploring the spectacular scenery, historic harbours and interesting islands of the Firth and east coast. It also features a well-stocked shop and Sailor’s café serving refreshments. Port Edgar is a fast developing area with new businesses populating outlets.
There’s also a thriving High Street at the heart of Queensferry which is full of independent retailers, from bespoke jewellery makers and silversmiths, to clothing boutiques, arts & crafts shops and artisan ice cream & sweet shops and many cafes.
Surrounding Queensferry are the estates of Dalmeny, Dundas and Hopetoun. Built in 1818, Dundas Castle is privately-owned by the Clarke family and is available for private hire, as well as featuring a nine-hole golf course. Hopetoun House is one of Scotland’s finest stately homes and is a 300-year-old classic example of aristocratic grandeur set in more than 100 acres of parkland. Nearby Dalmeny House, meanwhile, has been home to the Earl and Countess of Rosebery for more over 300 years.
There are a number of hotels in and around Queensferry as well as a diverse range of guest houses and self-catering cottages. There are also great transport links, by bus or train to Fife, Edinburgh city centre and international airport, Glasgow, Perth, Dunfermline, St Andrews, Dundee.
Signposts are located throughout the town to help you find your way and direct you to local attractions.
You’ll also find updates on local events on the What’s on in South Queensferry Facebook page.
THINGS TO SEE AROUND THE TOWN CENTRE
- Forth Bridge - Begun in 1883, this marvel of Victorian engineering took 7 years to complete. It became a World Heritage Site in 2015.
- Hawes Inn - Dating from 1683, the Inn was the village pub for the fishing and ferry community of Newhall’s. The Inn has strong associations with both Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.
- Jacobs Ladder - This steep staircase at the rear of the Hawes’ Inn leads you to Dalmeny Station.
- Forth Road Bridge - Begun in 1958, this was the main traffic crossing from Edinburgh and the Lothians to Fife and the North East since its opening in 1964. Now a public transport corridor for buses, taxis, specified vehicles and the only of the three bridges which the public can walk or cycle over.
- Guardian of the Bridges - At the bottom of McIver’s Brae, designed with the help of local pupils and originally commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge.
- South Queensferry Museum - Visit the Museum to find out about our fascinating naval past, village life through history and the story of our famous bridges.
- Black Castle (private house) - Queensferry’s oldest surviving dwelling, built in 1626.
- Tolbooth - Built in 1635 this was the hub of town Life; it was customs office, court, prison and council chamber. The clock was added to the steeple in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
- Plewlands House (private house) - Built in 1641 by Samuel Wilson, a local merchant. His initials and those of his wife Anna Ponton can still be seen above the doorway.
- Bellstane - This area at the western end of the High Street, at its junction with The Loan, marks the original town boundary with a date stone of 1879 with the “Bellstane Bird”.
- Queensferry Harbour - Built in 16th century, improved in 1809 then 1818 and remains in use today.
- Priory Church - The only medieval Carmelite church in Britain still in use, dating from the 15th Century.
- Queensferry Crossing - Queensferry’s third bridge is the centrepiece of a major upgrade to transport links across the Forth. The new bridge opened in 2017 and is around 1.7 miles - the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span.
- Port Edgar Marina - Located on the Firth of Forth, between the iconic Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing, Port Edgar is a vibrant marina and an ideal base for exploring the spectacular scenery, historic harbours and interesting islands of the Firth and East coast. The name Port Edgar derives from the suggestion that in 1068, King Edgar Aetheling, while fleeing the English Normans, landed here to seek refuge at the court of Malcolm III. He came with his sister, Princess Margaret, who later married the Scottish king.
You’ll find map links to local outdoor attractions on the Edinburgh Outdoors website.
AWAY FROM THE HIGH STREET
Enjoy some green space in parks around the town. The City of Edinburgh Council has more information on its website. Click the links below for details.
You can also go on a great walk along the national John Muir Way trail through South Queensferry. Heading west you’ll reach Hopetoun Estate and Blackness and Bo’ness. Head east and you’ll discover Dalmeny Estate en route to Cramond and Edinburgh. Look out for the purple John Muir Way signs (showing a bearded John Muir) to guide you.
You’ll find out more information on the wider local area, and Scotland in general, on the new VisitScotland website.