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North Queensferry

North Queensferry

North Queensferry lies on a rocky promontory at the edge of Fife. Its Harbour Light Tower, sitting on the banks of the Forth, symbolises the village’s 800 year history as a commercial ferry port, which ceased when the Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964. However, the Light Tower is still in use, and is also the smallest one in the world of its kind.

The name Queensferry comes from a ferry service that was established to transport people across the Forth from Edinburgh to Fife, after King Malcolm III’s wife, Queen Margaret, built a church in Dunfermline in the 11th century. Today however, it’s land transport rather than the waterways that dominate the village.

North Queensferry is framed by iconic bridges. On one side sits the red Forth Bridge, completed in 1890, and on the other are the two road bridges, the second of which, the Queensferry Crossing, was completed in 2017. This is the only place in the world where you can simultaneously see three different bridge types – cantilever, suspension, cable-stayed – and the vista created by these feats of engineering provides stunning photography opportunities, especially at sunset.

North Queensferry is also great base from which to explore both Edinburgh and Fife, whether on foot, by boat, bike or car – there are even helicopter tours available. The area has plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, especially seabirds, as well as a number of nearby castles, ruins and islands to visit, including Inchcolm Island and its abbey.

We love North Queensferry because...

  • Picturesque historic area
  • Unique photo opportunities
  • Convenient transport connections
Hotels in North Queensferry
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing
St Margaret's Head, North Queensferry KY11 1HP

The DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing provides a gateway between Fife and Edinburgh. It’s an ideal stopping point with comfortable, spacious rooms and incredible views of the River Forth.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing
St Margaret's Head, North Queensferry KY11 1HP

The DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh - Queensferry Crossing provides a gateway between Fife and Edinburgh. It’s an ideal stopping point with comfortable, spacious rooms and incredible views of the River Forth.

In and around North Queensferry

Fife Coastal Path

One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the Fife Coastal Path stretches 117 miles up and around the coastline to the Firth of Tay. Its southerly starting point is just west of North Queensferry in Kincardine, with its second section from Limekilns to Burntisland passing through the village. During these earlier stages of the route you can observe native plants and wildlife in the Carlingnose Point Nature Reserve, remnants of quarrying activities and World War II battlements. And of course, spectacular views of the Forth bridges.

Deep Sea World

Scotland’s national aquarium is home to Europe’s largest underwater viewing tunnel and offers interactive opportunities, including a shark dive experience for the brave! Exhibits plumb the depths of the ocean, travel the shorelines of Scotland and replicate the Amazon jungle to educate and inspire visitors with a range of fish, sea creatures and amphibians. Committed to conservation, Deep Sea World uses water from the Firth of Forth, which saves energy and provides their marine residents with essential minerals.

Forth Sea Safaris

Jump aboard a 12-seater rib boat and let your skipper show you around the Firth of Forth. Visit Blackness Castle, Inchcolm Island and the war-time fortifications of Inchmickery and Cramond Island. Bespoke tours are also available, including diving, birdwatching and sketching or painting trips. Well maintained with powerful engines, the boats allow a combination of peaceful sailing to observe local wildlife colonies and the opportunity for safe, exciting high-speed boating.

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