West of Edinburgh, along the Firth of Forth, lies Queensferry. Best known as the home of the Forth Rail & Road Bridges and more recently the new Queensferry Crossing. The name “South Queensferry” derives from the ferry service which used to serve between Queensferry and North Queensferry until the 1960s when the Forth Road Bridge was opened. And “South” because it lies to the South of North Queensferry. Prior to this the Forth Rail bridge has stood tall since 1890 after taking 7 years to build. With buildings dating back to the 17th Century, South Queensferry still maintains it’s old town feel, with a narrow cobbled High Street by the sea front.
South Queensferry is easily accessible by road, whether you’re coming from across the bridge(s) or from Edinburgh’s city centre. The closet train station is Dalmeny (located near Queensferry High School) which offers services to Edinburgh and the Fife circle. There is also Lothian Buses that operate between Edinburgh and South Queensferry, including the number 43 and the 3 Bridges Tour if you are just visiting for the day.
Places to Visit
The Bridges. If you didn’t see the bridges whilst at South Queensferry, were you really there at all? Whether it’s taking a walk along the seafront to look up at them in wonder, or braving one of the boat trips that will take you under each bridge and to the surrounding Islands. You’ll most definitely see seals and if you’re lucky, you might even see some dolphins or whales.
The High Street. A traditional cobbled high street, not in anyway designed for cars but still serves them!
The Looney Dook. On the first day of the year, every year, lots of people from Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife head to South Queensferry to bring in the New Year by running into the sea. There’s no real rhyme nor reason other than ‘tradition’ but it is fun to watch even if you’re not the type to run into the Firth of Forth on a January morning in Scotland.
Places to Eat & Drink
Being by the sea, it’s only natural to want some fish & chips, followed by an ice cream cone. Maurizio’s is the place to go when those chip shop cravings are kicking in. Whether it’s to take down the sea front to enjoy, or to sit at their shop front seating, your chip shop favourite of choice will be enjoyed whatever the weather.