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Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

1. Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

Your tour will begin as you visit the booking office and gift shop to collect your boarding pass. From there, you will make your way onto Hawes Pier to board the boat and embark on your sightseeing cruise. Once the boat has departed Hawes Pier, there will be a brief safety message played to all passengers before the audio commentary begins. The journey then starts with the boat heading under the Red Forth Rail Bridge before continuing past the historic Inchgarvie Island towards Inchcolm Island. You can listen as the skipper points out seals, puffins, and other wildlife that can be found throughout the cruise. Once around Inchcolm Island, you can watch carefully for sunbathing seals on the Haystack before the cruise continues back under the Red Rail Bridge towards the Forth Road Bridge and the recently opened Queensferry Crossing. Once under these majestic bridges, the boat will cruise back to Hawes Pier where you will be free to disembark.

Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

2. Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history, and fascinating marine wildlife. Join this boat tour on a 90-minute cruise onboard a superb vessel. Depart from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Take in views of Blackness Castle, the ship that never sails and featured in Outlander and the Outlaw King. There are also views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. You will also see the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before including the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge. For your comfort relax onboard with friends and family in the observation lounge or on the outside decks and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy your complimentary cream tea. Spot the marine wildlife, during your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds and seals.

Firth of Forth: 3 Bridges and 3 Islands Speedboat RIB Tour

3. Firth of Forth: 3 Bridges and 3 Islands Speedboat RIB Tour

Hop onboard a 12-seater RIB to see 3 bridges spanning The Firth of Forth estuary and cross the charming islands of Inchgarvie, Inchcolm and Inchmickery. Depart from The Hawes Pier in South Queensferry. Receive a life vest and safety briefing at the local office. Board the RIB and let your experienced skipper sail under the 3 bridges that span the Forth. Spend some time around all 3 magnificent bridges. Look at the first island which is Inchgarvie sitting right underneath the impressive Forth Bridge. You can still see the wartime fortifications and prison remains on this island. It is one of the best places in the area to see nesting Fulmars. Then, head off downriver at a cruising speed of 25 knots to see the Island of Inchmickery (the 'Battleship' island) with its colony of Common Seals, nesting Seabirds such as Puffins, Cormorants, Shags, Kittiwakes, Arctic Terns, and Gulls. Continue to Inchcolm to see the well-preserved 12th-century Augustinian Abbey. After admiring this beautiful island, head back up the river to get back ashore at the Hawes Pier.

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What people are saying about Queensferry

Excellent trip, very informative and relaxing. Saw some seals. Wish we had booked to get off on the island and do some exploring. Would recommend wearing something warm as it can get quite choppy.

from booking to taking the trip it was so easy to do ..... staff on board were so helpful, very informative, nice comfy sailing, I will most definitely recommend it

The team on board very friendly and helpful with answers to any questions, very professional!

Very good voyage. Great scenery and very good knowledgeable talk from the staff

Informative & well worth the money. So glad we did this trip.