Hotels in Queensferry

On the south shore of the Firth of Forth, dominated by its two dramatic bridges, lies the picturesque former royal burgh of South Queensferry.

The 19th-century Forth Railway Bridge, considered one of the most magnificent feats of engineering in history, and its 1960s sister the Forth Road Bridge are the town's most famous landmarks. But book one of our South Queensferry hotels and you'll discover the town's many lesser-known charms, including museums, wildlife and beautiful buildings.

Museums

Learn all about the history of the town at the Queensferry Museum, including the building of the Forth bridges, the ferry crossings, trade and industry and wildlife. Items on display range from old mining tools and school equipment to tickets for the last ferry sailing in 1964.

The North Queensferry Harbour Light Tower was built in 1817 and is the world's smallest working light tower. You can discover how the light-keeper kept the lamp burning and how the signalling system worked, and even light the lamp yourself.

Wildlife

Deep Sea World, Scotland's national aquarium, houses one of Europe's largest collections of sharks, as well as seals, seahorses, colourful tropical fish and exotic frogs. Kids and adults can go diving with the sharks, and there are daily talks and feeding demonstrations.

The countryside and coast around South Queensferry are home to a wide range of wildlife. Carlingnose Point nature reserve has more than 170 species, including fulmars, common terns and rare plants. In the winter, it's a good place to watch the birdlife in the Forth Estuary, where you might also see porpoises and seals. A boat trip is a good way to go wildlife spotting.

Hopetoun House

One of Scotland's finest stately homes, Hopetoun House is a stunning 17th-century building with beautiful grounds. Inside, it has remained virtually unchanged for centuries and is filled with period furniture from Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times, paintings, tapestries and clocks. The house and its grounds, which have a myriad of walking and cycling routes, have been awarded five stars by Visit Scotland. Other outdoor activities include clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, archery and golf, and there's also a multi-award-winning farm shop.

Eating and drinking

For straight-up pub grub, including a good range of burgers, head to the Ferry Tap, once an ale house for the Forth's ferrymen. The pub has a constantly changing selection of ales from all over Scotland, plus more than 50 single malt whiskies.

At the Incholm Inn, there's a kids' menu and a beer garden where the little ones can run around. Both pubs have regular quizzes, live music nights and a TV for sporting events.

For steak, seafood, a Scottish take on tapas and an impressive dessert menu, head to the Boat House, which is right by the beach. Traditional Scottish dishes, light lunches and breakfasts are served at the Railbridge Bistro, where you'll find true classics like morning rolls, haggis, neeps and tatties, and clootie dumplings.

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