Maid of the Forth

[Passing underneath the Forth Road Bridge on the "Maid of the Forth"]

Until the 1960's, South Queensferry was the departure point for boats connecting the south side of the Forth to Fife. After the road bridge to North Queensferry opened the ferry ceased, but there's still a regular boat departing from Hawes Pier towards the east end of the village, for passengers only. The Maid of the Forth provides the best way to view the majesty of the iconic Forth (Rail) Bridge as well as the road bridge, and it also provides the link to Inchcolm Abbey, a ruined monastery on the small island of Inchcolm in the middle of the Firth of Forth. Other highlights to look out for from the boat are the concrete-covered islet of Inch Garvie, views of nearby Edinburgh and Arthur's Seat, and seabirds (including puffins) during summer months.

[Forth Rail Bridge from Hawes Pier]

Name: Maid of the Forth ★★☆
Location (Hawes Pier): South Queensferry, G.R.: NT 137785 / strange views plugs
Carries: Passengers
Open (2017): Most datys, April to October (check website)
Cost (2017): Varies depending on sailing

[Inch Garvie from the ferry to Inchcolm]

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