South Queensferry

Sunday 16th February 2020

South Queensferry

With ‘Storm Dennis’ paying us a ‘bit of a visit’ this weekend we decided to keep it low and local with our dog walking routes….and planned accordingly!

We were off to South Queensferry.

There is a 4.5 mile shore walk from South Queensferry to Cramond, which covers beaches and woodland…and it has a coffee shop or should I say several, at the beginning and end…what more could you want!

South Queensferry is defined by the road and railway bridges that lie either side of it. But it is so much more as well.

Forth Railway Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing

This was once a main port to board ferries over to Fife and is still a port today, although the boats are now destined for the islands of the Forth.

Visiting South Queensferry offers an environment that can transport you back to times gone by with its dated buildings and cobbled, twisted and narrow streets. It’s so picturesque.

Its just a few minute’s train journey from Edinburgh’s Waverley Station but it can seem like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Old cobbled street
Two-tier street

The Forth Railway Bridge in particular is a prominent site in South Queensferry and is right up there in my top 5 bridges in the world that I have seen to date…in fact it’s probably my favourite!

This bridge was built over 125 years ago and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a spectacular feat in engineering.

As kids we would get very excited for train journeys to Edinburgh. Our parents told us that when we crossed this bridge the train went up, over and down the triangular parts of the bridge instead of straight through it. We would wait in anticipation for that “rollercoaster feeling’ in our tummies but it never came…I wonder why!!!

Forth Railway Bridge

From the shoreline you can see Inchcolm Island, which is home to a 12th century abbey and the fascinating remnants of the Second World War defences it’s also famed for its seals.

Inchcolm Island
Views from the shore line walk

It was nice to escape the confidements of home and get outside and face the elements…just think if we hadn’t we wouldn’t have saw such lovely views.