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Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

1. Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

Upon arrival at Hawes Pier, you will collect your boarding passes from the Maid of the Forth ticket office. Making your way down the pier you will board the Maid and set sail for Inchcolm, cruising underneath the iconic Forth rail bridge, a world Unseco heritage site. you will enjoy views of both the Fife and Edinburgh coastline, sailing past the Haystack seal colony and arriving at Historic Inchcolm Island. Here you will enjoy 1.5 hours to explore all the island has to offer, the Abbey*, world war fortifications, visitor centre and gift shop. There is something for everyone to enjoy on Inchcolm. *Inchcolm Abbey is closed pending inspections by HES, access is still available to the east of the Island.

Firth of Forth: 90-Minute Three Bridges Cruise

2. Firth of Forth: 90-Minute Three Bridges Cruise

Your boat tour will depart from the South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Your tour will include magnificent views of the "three bridges", including the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Railway Bridge. In addition, you can take in the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline, the Kingdom of Fife and the historic island of Inchcolm with its medieval abbey. As part of the tour you will stop at the island to drop off and pick up visitors. For your comfort, relax onboard in the heated observation lounge or on the outside decks, and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a drink from the bar. During your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to both see and photograph a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds, porpoises and seals.

Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

3. 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.

Edinburgh: Queensferry Bus Tour & Firth of Forth Cruise

4. Edinburgh: Queensferry Bus Tour & Firth of Forth Cruise

Board your bus in the heart of Edinburgh and travel through the Georgian New Town on a guided bus tour. Continue towards the charming town of South Queensferry, where you will take a relaxing boat cruise on the Firth of Forth. Enjoy superb views of the Edinburgh and Fife coastlines as well as the iconic 3 bridges which cross the estuary, including the Forth Rail Bridge. Look out for seals and puffins, depending on the time of year. Before you head back to Edinburgh on your return bus journey, explore the beautiful conservation town of South Queensferry at your own pace. Discover its picturesque harbour and stunning coastal views, which makes it one of Scotland's most beautiful towns.

Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

5. 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.

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours & Firth of Forth Cruise

6. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours & Firth of Forth Cruise

City Sightseeing Edinburgh See all the main attractions with CitySightseeing Edinburgh. There’s multi-language commentary in 9 languages and a special Horrible Histories commentary for your children, narrated by Terry Deary himself. Edinburgh Tour Explore Edinburgh's city center taking in the spectacular buildings including Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, and the architecture of the Georgian New Town with a live guide in English. Majestic Tour The Majestic Tour heads north of Edinburgh's City Centre towards the port of Leith with highlights including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Majestic Tour features a multi-lingual commentary in 10 languages.  Firth of Forth Bus and Boat Trip Board your bus at St Andrew Square in the heart of Edinburgh for a tour to South Queensferry, followed by a boat tour aboard one of Forth Boat Tours fleet of vessels. Enjoy superb views of Edinburgh and Fife’s coastlines as well as the iconic Three Bridges, the Forth Road Bridge, The Forth Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing. Get your camera out and look for puffins and seals along the way.

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

7. 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.

From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

8. From Glasgow or Edinburgh: Scottish Whisky Tour

Discover the ultimate tour for whisky lovers and get a real taste of life in the Highlands and Scottish countryside. Your driver, a Scottish whisky ambassador, will share their knowledge and stories with you along the way, and may even stop for an extra dram or 2 along the way. Begin your adventure by heading across the Forth River and heading up to the Highlands where you will stop at your first distillery, the world-famous Dalwhinnie Distillery, which was built in 1897 and is Scotland's highest distillery. Break for lunch at the famous House of Braur, where you can also pick up gifts and souvenirs from your time in Scotland. Afterward, head to your second distillery, Blair Atholl, which is the oldest working distillery in Scotland and was founded in 1798. If time permits, stop at one more distillery on the way back to your hotel for one final tasting.

Queensferry: Town History Guided Walking Tour

9. Queensferry: Town History Guided Walking Tour

Watch the past come alive as your guide takes you back in time on this walking tour of Queensferry. Explore the town's highlights and hidden gems as you walk to destinations like the Priory Church and the charming the Harbor. Meet your local guide at the seal statue at Hawes pier and begin your walking tour. Listen as your guide tells you the area's unique traditions and stories. Find out why the town is famous for its bridges. Stroll to the bright blue Hawes Inn which houses a classic pub. Capture a picture of the Roman numerals on the Jubilee Clock Tower. Admire the Gothic architecture of the Priory Church. Take a stroll by the old buildings in the city's harbor. Learn about the importance of this town during the first world war. Uncover the tale of how it developed a bustling import and export market. Hear about how this town was once the home of witches. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

10. Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

FIRST DAY - Departing from our meeting point, the first stop will be at the William Wallace Monument from where his famous battle will be explained without leaving any detail out. - After this, a break for coffee while admiring the beauty of the Falls of Dochart. - On the way to Fort William for lunch, enjoy the amazing Rannoch Moor and the most famous valley in Scotland: GlenCoe. - Next stop, Fort Augustus. Take a picture of sign of the most famous lake in the world and discover the Caledonian Canal. - On to Urquhart Castle, known as the humble abode of Nessie. - Inverness will be the last stop of the day. SECOND DAY - After a good night of rest and an energetic Scottish breakfast, the next stop will be Blair Athol distillery: the guide will explain everything about whisky. - Following the distillery, the next bit will be an encounter with the Scottish nature: a small walk along River Braan in The Hermitage Forest to finally discover some falls. - Lunch today will be in Dunkeld, a historic town which was the capital of Scotland in IX century. - After this, the next stop will be St Andrews, the most famous town in Scotland for its history, culture and golf. - Before arriving in Edinburgh, a short stopped will be made to admire the Forth Bridge, built in 1890.

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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

Absolutely amazing, great history. The views were incredible! Staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

Really lovely experience, highly recommended! The crew has been great!

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

Excellent tour. Crew very good. Well worth the money