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South Queensferry

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South Queensferry (Gaelic: Cas Chaolais) [1] is in Edinburgh. The town is named after St. Margaret, the 11th century Queen of Scotland who instigated the ferry service across the Firth of Forth which ran until the completion of the Forth Road Bridge in 1964.

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By Train[edit]

Regular train and bus services connect South Queensferry with Edinburgh city centre. First Scotrail [2] train services run from Waverley (2 services per hour) and Haymarket (4 services per hour) stations to Dalmeny station which is a short (10min) walk from the town centre.

By Bus[edit]

  • First Bus [3] service no. 43 operates from Waterloo Place via Princes Street with 4 services per hour.
  • Stagecoach Fife [4] service no. 747 operates from Edinburgh Airport to Inverkeithing with a stop at the south end of the Forth Road Bridge serving South Queensferry. Services 53 (Edinburgh - Dalgety Bay), 55 (Edinburgh - Dunfermline), and X50 (Leith - Dunfermline/Dalgety Bay) also stop at the south end of the bridge.

By Car[edit]

South Queensferry is located next to the main A90 Edinburgh-Perth road and M9 Edinburgh - Stirling motorway. The A904 is the main road from Linlithgow and the west.

By Plane[edit]

South Queensferry is only 3 miles/5 km from Edinburgh International Airport [5].

See[edit][add listing]

  • The first sight that most visitors to South Queensferry have is of the two bridges that cross the Firth of Forth between South Queensferry and North Queensferry. The Forth Bridge was completed in 1890 and forms part of the East Coast Mainline railway from London to Aberdeen. The Forth Road Bridge was completed in 1964 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Other sights within South Queensferry include the historic High Street which includes houses dating from the 15th Century; St Mary's Episcopal Church dating from 1441 and the Hawes Inn, made famous by Robert Louis Stevenson's novel 'Kidnapped'.
  • South Queensferry is bordered by three stately homes. Dalmeny House [6] to the East; Dundas Castle [7] to the South and Hopetoun House [8] to the West.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Port Edgar Marina and Sailing School, Shore Road, South Queensferry, 0131 331 3330, [9]. 9AM - 4:30PM, 7 days. Dinghy saliing, Kayaking/canoeing, powerboating. Hire and tuition available at this council-run facility. Berthing facilities available for visiting yachts.  edit
  • The Loony Dook. A traditional New Years Day swim in the "refreshing" waters of the Firth of Forth. "Dook" is a lowland Scots word meaning dunk. If you're feeling fuzzy-headed after the Hogmanay festivities this will certainly clear it.  edit
  • The Ferry Fair, [10]. Annual festival held in August in which the entire community participates enthusiastically. Perhaps the strangest aspect is the Burry Man procession, where a local man is covered from head to toe in burrs (the sticky hooked fruit of the burdock) and then leads a procession throughout the town's streets. As his odd garb restricts the Burry Man's movements the procession is a slow one taking several hours, so he is accompanied by 2 assistants who fortify him with nips of whisky through a straw.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Orocco Pier, 17 The High Street, South Queensferry, 0870 118 166 (), [11]. Food:7AM-10PM. Bar: 9AM-1PM. Restaurant, bar and boutique hotel, right on the waterfront in the centre of South Queensferry. Three levels of outside decking for those sunny days - with great views of the Firth of Forth and the bridges.  edit
  • The Boathouse, 19b High Street, South Queensferry. With views overlooking the sea, this is a place to go to impress a special someone. With a luxurious decor but without any pretences, The Boathouse delivers tasty delights with seafood featuring prominently on the menu.  edit
  • Bella Vista, Seals Craig Hotel Edinburgh Road, South Queensferry. Attentive staff cater to your needs at this charming Italian restaurant.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Ferry Tap, 36 High Street, South Queensferry,, 0131 331 2000. Character-laden old pub with good real ales and pub grub. Nautical memorabilia and occasional live music.  edit
  • Moorings Pub, 24-26 Hopetoun Road South Queensferry, 0131 331 2555. With a heated outdoor area, Moorings is the place to relax and enjoy a drink in both summer and winter. They serve roast dinners every Sunday from 1 - 4PM.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hawes Inn, 7 Newhalls Road (Pretty much under the Rail bridge, at the eastern end of the seafront), 0845 11 26 001, [12]. checkin: 3PM-11PM; checkout: midday. Historic Inn, where the 19th Century novelist Robert Louis Stevenson is said to have stayed whenever he was journeying to and from the north of the country. The inn is mentioned in his celebrated novel Kidnapped. £65-£90 per room.  edit
  • Dakota Forth Bridge, 0131 319 3690 (), [13]. One of the first of an emerging chain by the man behind the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin groups. Has already gathered numerous plaudits. Rooms from £99.  edit

Contact[edit]

Internet[edit]

  • South Queensferry Library, 9 Shore Road, South Queensferry, 0131 529 5576 (, fax: 0131 529 5578). Mon and Weds 1PM-8PM; Tues, Thu & Fri 10AM-5PM; Sat 9AM-5PM. PCs with free internet access..  edit
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