South Queensferry, near Edinburgh

 Forth Bridge

It was when I was watching the TV dramatisation of Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories a couple of weeks ago that I realised that I had never been to visit South Queensferry, it featured in one of the episodes. We’re always in a hurry to get to or from Edinburgh when we drive in that direction so I thought it was about time we had a look at the place properly instead of just from the bridge or the other side of the Firth of Forth. I took the above photo from a wee gap in between a couple of buildings which are in the High Street, you’re never far from a view of the bridge. If you look closely you’ll see a train just about to go on to the bridge on the right. It gives you an idea of how huge the bridge is.

pillar box

I had to take a photo of this original Victorian pillar box, it’s years since I’ve seen one, they’re quite rare now. They always make me think of Anthony Trollope.

St Mary's front

This is the priory church of St Mary at Queenferry, I don’t think the photo does it justice. It’s such a lovely wee church and has a beautiful garden too. I don’t know what it’s like inside but I think it must have been very popular with brides in the past. It’s Episcopalian now although it was originally Roman Catholic.

St Mary's garden

There’s quite a big garden all around the church but it isn’t possible to photograph it all because the trees are so big. This wee garden to the side of it is very pretty and somebody obviously takes good care of it. The church was built in 1330 but has been refurbished several times, most recently in 2000 and it’s still used for worship.

South Queensferry has lots of restaurants and gift shops and there were plenty of day trippers when we were there. There are boats which take you out to the island of Inchcolm, and next time we plan to be on one of them. For once we managed to say NO to the ice-cream!

6 thoughts on “South Queensferry, near Edinburgh

  1. I enjoyed my visit to Queensferry, thanks to your photos. I especially liked the photo of the garden adjoining the church. That Firth of Forth Bridge looks terrifying when I imagine myself driving across it in a car.

    And no bookshops in Queensferry?


    • Judith,
      There had been a bookshop but sadly it had died. Shame, because I would have made my way to it had I known of its existence. There are so few independent bookshops around now. Today we took the trip over to one of the islands and really enjoyed it, photos soon!

    • Anbolyn,

      We’ve been so lucky with the weather recently, certainly more good days than bad. Thunder and rain is the forecast for the weekend though so we’ve been making the most of the good days while we can.
      We went over to Inchcolm Abbey today because it would be terrible if you were stuck out there in the rain for 1 1/2 hours until the boat came back for you!

  2. Never having been north of the border, I do enjoy your photos.

    The bridge does look magnificent. Though I would not want to paint it! Lovely to see the post box looking in pretty good condition all things considered.

    • Jo,
      There isn’t much in the way of good scenery on the east coast of Scotland but I do my best! It’s really lovely on the west coast so if you ever get around to visiting Scotland you should try around Argyll or Perthshire first.

      The post box has had a wee bit too much attention from dogs around the base of it but other than that it’s doing not badly!

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