Maid of the Forth - Sightseeing Cruise

Maid of the Forth - Sightseeing Cruise

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Looking for something to do near Edinburgh? Cruise along the waterways of the Maid of the Forth and see the wonders of human engineering and the natural world- just 8 miles away from Scotland's capital, this sightseeing cruise is a journey you just can't miss. 

The area is filled with wonders, from the nature and wildlife that call the Forth home to the architectural masterpieces that stretch across it.

Enjoy The Best of Scottish Heritage & Nature

All three bridges are incredible feats of human engineering. But it’s the Forth Bridge that inevitably catches your eye first.

The iconic red, steel bridge arches above the blue waters below in a distinct contrast. Then all you have to do is look to the bridge’s ends and you’re met by green hills slowly rising in either direction.

But have you ever wondered what the bridges look like from a different angle? Perhaps cruising below them in comfort while you sit back and watch them pass by above you?

On the 3 Bridges Sightseeing Tour, that’s exactly what you’re in for. Aboard the magnificent Maid, you’ll pass under them all before being whisked off to Inchcolm Island and back again.

The Forth Fun

The temptation to explore Inchcolm is hard to resist when you spot its green and rocky banks. Then, as the 12th-century abbey comes into view, it’s nigh on impossible.

On the Inchcolm Island Landing Trip, you’ll have an hour and a half to explore the island, from the top of the abbey’s bell tower to the Hermit’s Cell, where a king once took shelter. It’s up to you where your adventure starts!

Be sure to book tickets before you visit the abbey so you’re guaranteed entrance into this fascinating relic of the past.

On your journey to and from the island, keep an eye out along the water and you might just catch a glimpse of some incredible wildlife.

From grey seals lounging in the sun to puffins nesting on Inchcolm, the cold waters of the Forth don’t stop the area’s wildlife putting on a show.

Queensferry's Incredible Nature

If your heart is set on seeing the puffins, keep an eye out for the RSPB birdwatching tour that takes place.

Special events are limited throughout the year, so be sure to get your tickets booked as early as possible whenever the dates go live for the tour you’ve had your eye on.

All that’s left to do now is sit back and relax as your adventure along the Forth begins!

3 Bridges Sightseeing Tour - Maid Of The Forth Sightseeing Cruise

A spectacular 90-minute sightseeing cruise, where you'll cruise under all three Forth Bridges and down towards Inchcolm Island just north of Edinburgh

Available to 30 September 2024
Hawes Pier,
South Queensferry EH30 9TB
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By Car

There is a free car park along the seafront in South Queensferry, the postcode for your GPS is EH30 9TB. There is also additional free on-street parking all the way up Hawes Brae.  The town does get very busy in good weather and weekends/public holidays so we always advise that you allow plenty time to find a space and make your way to the pier.  There is additional free parking up at Forth Bridges View Point car park and at the Ferry Muir shopping centre near the Forth Road Bridge.

By Bus

From St Andrew Square (North Side)43 /x43 Lothian Country service  leaves every 20 mins weekdays Monday-Saturday  30 mins Sunday (Journey Time is approx 40 mins), get off the bus at the Police Station (bottom of hill) and it is a short 15 mins walk along the historic High Street of South Queensferry to the Hawes Pier. 

By Train

From Edinburgh Waverley to Dalmeny Station (South Queensferry), Trains every 30 mins or less and a journey time of only 20 mins. Then it is a short 10 min walk down the path from the station to the Hawes Pier under the Forth Rail Bridge.

  • Toilets
  • Gift shop at the top of Hawes Pier

The River Forth is in central Scotland, 47 km (29 mi) long, which drains into the North Sea on the east coast of the country. Its drainage basin covers much of Stirlingshire in Scotland 's Central Belt.

Wrap up if you're coming in the winter!

Whether it’s a beanie hat, full-on flapper or hunting style hat, keeping your head warm is a must in the dead of winter. You’ll want both to be a tight fit. There are hats that cover the neck as well. 

A good pair of gloves is an essential winter clothing item. Many people suffer from cold hands in winter and dismiss it as poor circulation. The best way to combat this is to wear gloves. And on a boat, waterproof gloves are essential.

A well-insulated coat is essential. You will want a coat that offers watertight, breathable material, it keeps you warm without the discomfort of sweating. Lightweight and durable are features to look for. Fleece lining for warmth can really help keep you warm but allows air circulation to prevent perspiration.

Be sure to layer clothes to be able to effectively regulate body temperature! Adding or removing layers gives you options depending on the temperature. Thermal underwear is the ultimate starting point for layering.

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