South Queensferry, Scotland Cruise Port
Sail through the Firth of Forth to reach the cruise port of South Queensferry, Scotland, connected to its more northern sibling by the Forth Road Bridge. Also called Queensferry or "The Ferry," it's a short half-hour drive to the capital city of Edinburgh. The city's name goes back to the 11th century, when Queen Margaret established ferry service between North and South Queensferry for pilgrims traveling to St. Andrews. That ferry service continued until 1964, when the bridge began to expedite travel. Along with a rich history, the town is known for its unique festivals. Among these you'll find the Ferry Fair dating back to the 12th century (with its Burry Man procession), and the Stoats Loony Dook (where people in fancy dresses take a dip into the freezing Firth of Forth on New Year's Eve). Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to South Queensferry, Scotland:
Take a Firth boat tour, which typically includes nearby Inchcolm Island and the historic, medieval Inchcolm Abbey. You'll also get a commentary of area bridges and other points of interest, along with spotting playful seals, puffins, and other local wildlife.
Those interested in engineering can take in the Forth Road Bridge either by crossing it on your own, or take one of the walking tours available. Not only are the views amazing, but there's a museum and information center on the North Queensferry end, as well as a Contact and Education Centre in the south.
The lovely Hopetoun House was built between 1699 and 1701, with an English garden style landscape park laid out in 1725. You can view the house and grounds during the summer months, and if you're lucky, you might catch a classical music recital.
The Queensferry Museum may be small, but it's alive with area history (which includes the nearby town of Dalmeny). You'll hear about the construction of the bridges – and how the Forth Rail Bridge was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will learn more about the intriguing Burry Man and why he's immortalized during festival season.