Maid of the Forth

City of Edinburgh / Fife | South Queensferry | Boat trip | ★★★★

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

Until the 1960s, South Queensferry was the departure point for boats connecting the south side of the Forth to Fife. After the road bridge 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 one of the best ways to view the majestic and iconic Forth Rail Bridge as well as the two road bridges, 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]

Location & info

📌 Maid of the Forth ★★★★
Boats depart from Hawes Pier, 10-min walk east of South Queensferry town centre, G.R.: NT 137785 ///strange.views.plugs
Carries: Passengers
Open April to October (days and times vary - check website) (2019) | Price varies depending on sailing

[Inch Garvie from the ferry to Inchcolm]


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