North Queensferry

Fife | Village | ★★

[North Queensferry from the old Forth Road Bridge] 

Under the gargantuan trestles of the Forth Rail Bridge lie the mysterious wynds of North Queensferry. This fishing port used to be the important northern terminus for car ferries across the Firth of Forth, but these ceased with the building of a more efficient road bridge in the 1960s. Make a detour into the heart of the village, however, and you'll find an unusual place with narrow streets, cute cottages, rocky spurs and a forgotten feel. The railway bridge muscles into almost every view as you might expect, rumbling with frequent trains linking Fife and Edinburgh. More surprisingly, you'll find Scotland's largest aquarium on the headland immediately to the east. There are a good number of places to eat covering all price points; we had an excellent lunch at Rankin's Cafe & Deli on the Main Street.

[The Forth Rail Bridge dominates parts of the village centre]

Location & info

📌 North Queensferry ★★
Fife, G.R.: NT 131805 ///shoppers.wreck.weeks

🚶 This is a good, compact spot to explore on foot. Visiting Rosyth Castle isn't recommended without private transport.
🚆🚌 North Queensferry has a railway station on the line between Edinburgh and towns in Fife. Trains from the former cross the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge. Long distance buses from Edinburgh, Perth and beyond stop 1 mi out of town, with a further bus into the centre (or you could walk).

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Deep Sea World ★★★★
>> Forth Rail Bridge ★★★★
>> Queensferry Crossing ★★★
>> Walk: Coast path to Carlingnose ★★★
>> Walk: To three Forth Bridges ★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Maid of the Forth ★★★★ (1 mi ↓)
>> Queensferry Museum (1 mi ↓)
>> South Queensferry ★★★ (1 mi ↓)
>> Dalmeny Kirk ★★ (2 mi ↓)
>> Rosyth Castle ★★ (2 mi ←)
>> Dalmeny House ★★★ (3 mi →)

[Village and bridge]

[Queensferry Crossing]

[Willie's Well - one of several around the village]

[Deep Sea World (26/11/15)]

[Forth Rail Bridge]

[Crossing the Forth Road Bridge on the last day it was open to normal traffic (6/9/17)]

[Bay view]


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