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Edinburgh: 'Firth of Forth' Three Bridges Sightseeing Cruise

1. Edinburgh: 'Firth of Forth' Three Bridges Sightseeing Cruise

Your boat tour will depart from the South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Your tour will include magnificent views of the "three bridges", including the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Railway Bridge. In addition, you can take in the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline, the Kingdom of Fife and the historic island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. As part of the tour you will stop at the island to drop off and pick up visitors. Cruise along and discover the magic of the red railway Forth Bridge, the Forth Road suspension bridge, and the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world, Queensferry Crossing. For your comfort, relax onboard in the heated observation lounge or on the outside decks, and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. During your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to both see and photograph a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, porpoises and seals.

Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

2. Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

Your tour will begin as you visit the booking office and gift shop to collect your boarding pass. From there, you will make your way onto Hawes Pier to board the boat and embark on your sightseeing cruise. Once the boat has departed Hawes Pier, there will be a brief safety message played to all passengers before the audio commentary begins. The journey then starts with the boat heading under the Red Forth Rail Bridge before continuing past the historic Inchgarvie Island towards Inchcolm Island. You can listen as the skipper points out seals, puffins, and other wildlife that can be found throughout the cruise. Once around Inchcolm Island, you can watch carefully for sunbathing seals on the Haystack before the cruise continues back under the Red Rail Bridge towards the Forth Road Bridge and the recently opened Queensferry Crossing. Once under these majestic bridges, the boat will cruise back to Hawes Pier where you will be free to disembark.

Edinburgh: Queensferry Bus Tour & Firth of Forth Cruise

3. Edinburgh: Queensferry Bus Tour & Firth of Forth Cruise

Board your bus in the heart of Edinburgh and travel through the Georgian New Town on a guided bus tour. Continue towards the charming town of South Queensferry, where you will take a relaxing boat cruise on the Firth of Forth. Enjoy superb views of the Edinburgh and Fife coastlines as well as the iconic 3 bridges which cross the estuary, including the Forth Rail Bridge. Look out for seals and puffins, depending on the time of year. Before you head back to Edinburgh on your return bus journey, explore the beautiful conservation town of South Queensferry at your own pace. Discover its picturesque harbour and stunning coastal views, which makes it one of Scotland's most beautiful towns.

Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

4. Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history, and fascinating marine wildlife. Join this boat tour on a 90-minute cruise onboard a superb vessel. Depart from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Take in views of Blackness Castle, the ship that never sails and featured in Outlander and the Outlaw King. There are also views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. You will also see the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before including the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge. For your comfort relax onboard with friends and family in the observation lounge or on the outside decks and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy your complimentary cream tea. Spot the marine wildlife, during your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds and seals.

From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

5. From Edinburgh: St Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Tour

A charming day tour at a relaxed pace - discover the fishing villages of the “Kingdom of Fife” and enjoy plenty of free time to explore Scotland’s home of golf; the ancient town of St. Andrews. Leave Edinburgh with views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge as you cross the Firth of Forth, entering into the ancient “Kingdom of Fife” passing through Aberdour before continuing into the East Neuk of Fife. You will then travel through the picturesque villages of St. Monans and Pittenween, once-thriving fishing centers which were made prosperous by trade with the continent, before stopping in the town of Anstruther, home of the Scottish Fisheries Museum. Leaving Anstruther, journey through Crail and then arrive in the beautiful medieval town of St. Andrews in time for lunch. Here you can enjoy a walk around the town which is famous as the home of golf and has the best-known golf course in the world. It also has an impressive cathedral and castle, now both ruined, and is home to Scotland’s oldest university - where Prince William met Kate Middleton; now the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Strathearn (their Scottish titles). You will have approximately three hours of free time to explore its medieval buildings and wonderful cobbled streets, as well as having time for lunch. Heading homewards you will travel across the Lomond hills, descending to Loch Leven (scene of Mary Queen of Scot’s imprisonment and escape) and on to the picturesque town of South Queensferry, where you will make a brief stop to admire magnificent views of the Forth Bridges before returning to Edinburgh.

St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

6. St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife Tour from Edinburgh

Take a full-day trip from Edinburgh and discover the natural beauty of the Fife coast, taking in quaint fishing villages, abbey’s, and the famous university town of St. Andrews, led by an expert guide. From Edinburgh head to South Queensferry and take a look at 2 of the most remarkable bridges in the world–the Forth Rail Bridge built in 1890, and it’s much younger neighbor, the Forth Road bridge. Cross the River Forth and stop-off at the magnificent Dunfermline Abbey, the burial place of King Robert the Bruce. See the gold ornate tomb, and learn about the effect of the reformation on the Abbey, when under Henry VIII’s rule churches were destroyed, supposedly in the name of God. Travel along the Fife coast passing Carnegie Hall, the birthplace of world-famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Stop-off at charming little fishing villages, including Anstruther, an old Herring stronghold. Try the best fish and chips in Scotland, or have a snack at the Fisheries Museum. Continue on to St. Andrews, home of golf, religion, and the famous university. Here you will spend 2.5 hours. Explore the beautiful settings, in good weather the beach featuring in the movie Chariots of Fire is particularly popular, as are the 16th Century tunnels under the castle. Golf lovers may want to pay respects at the grave of Tom Morris, visit the Golf Museum, try out the Links Course Putting Green, or simply walk along Granny Clark’s Wynd–a public right-of-way running over the old course.

From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

7. From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

Discover the ultimate tour for whisky lovers and get a real taste of life in the Highlands and Scottish countryside. Your driver, a Scottish whisky ambassador, will share their knowledge and stories with you along the way, and may even stop for an extra dram or 2 along the way. Begin your adventure by heading across the Forth River and heading up to the Highlands where you will stop at your first distillery, the world-famous Dalwhinnie Distillery, which was built in 1897 and is Scotland's highest distillery. Break for lunch at the famous House of Braur, where you can also pick up gifts and souvenirs from your time in Scotland. Afterward, head to your second distillery, Blair Atholl, which is the oldest working distillery in Scotland and was founded in 1798. If time permits, stop at one more distillery on the way back to your hotel for one final tasting.

Queensferry: Town History Guided Walking Tour

8. Queensferry: Town History Guided Walking Tour

Watch the past come alive as your guide takes you back in time on this walking tour of Queensferry. Explore the town's highlights and hidden gems as you walk to destinations like the Priory Church and the charming the Harbor. Meet your local guide at the seal statue at Hawes pier and begin your walking tour. Listen as your guide tells you the area's unique traditions and stories. Find out why the town is famous for its bridges. Stroll to the bright blue Hawes Inn which houses a classic pub. Capture a picture of the Roman numerals on the Jubilee Clock Tower. Admire the Gothic architecture of the Priory Church. Take a stroll by the old buildings in the city's harbor. Learn about the importance of this town during the first world war. Uncover the tale of how it developed a bustling import and export market. Hear about how this town was once the home of witches. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

9. Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

FIRST DAY - Departing from our meeting point, the first stop will be at the William Wallace Monument from where his famous battle will be explained without leaving any detail out. - After this, a break for coffee while admiring the beauty of the Falls of Dochart. - On the way to Fort William for lunch, enjoy the amazing Rannoch Moor and the most famous valley in Scotland: GlenCoe. - Next stop, Fort Augustus. Take a picture of sign of the most famous lake in the world and discover the Caledonian Canal. - On to Urquhart Castle, known as the humble abode of Nessie. - Inverness will be the last stop of the day. SECOND DAY - After a good night of rest and an energetic Scottish breakfast, the next stop will be Blair Athol distillery: the guide will explain everything about whisky. - Following the distillery, the next bit will be an encounter with the Scottish nature: a small walk along River Braan in The Hermitage Forest to finally discover some falls. - Lunch today will be in Dunkeld, a historic town which was the capital of Scotland in IX century. - After this, the next stop will be St Andrews, the most famous town in Scotland for its history, culture and golf. - Before arriving in Edinburgh, a short stopped will be made to admire the Forth Bridge, built in 1890.

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4.5 / 5

based on 396 reviews

A well organised and very reasonably priced trip. The boat left on time and there was plenty of seating available, as well as on-board toilet facilities and snacks. The crew were friendly and helpful and there was an excellent, pre-recorded running commentary. We had great views of all three bridges and learned a lot of history of the bridges and the locality. On the return half of the voyage the Captain noticed some seals basking on a small island so took a detour round the island so we could all get a good look at the seals and had the chance to take some photographs. Later he did the same when he spotted more seals on a radar buoy. Excellent customer service and we found the entire experience extremely enjoyable and thoroughly recommend it.

Nice trip also with an informative tour of the island. It cost extra but was worth it. I could have been on the island for more than two hours. The excitement of hearing about the bridges and the actual sailing was also beautiful. Seeing Edinburgh from the lakeside. A trip I would like to take again.

Staff were all friendly and helpful. The boat trip pointed out places of interest and also some unknown facts. Enjoyed by a group ranging in age from 16 - 75

This was a fabulous experience. It did rain a lot do make sure you take water proof gear and if you are recalling with kids don’t opt for the last boat

Very good day to appreciate the region of the firth of forth and St Andrews. Accompanied by Marty a friendly guide.