South Queensferry, Scotland

We travelled over the Forth Road Bridge to South Queensferry last Saturday, well the football had been cancelled due to hard frost.

You can’t go to South Queensferry and not take some photos of the Forth Bridge, so here they are!
The Forth Bridge approach

The Forth Bridge

The Hawes Inn appears in Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Kidnapped. As you can see the approach to the bridge is more or less straight above the inn but of course the bridge wasn’t there at the time that Robert Louis Stevenson was writing about.

Hawes Inn, South Queensferry

The photo below is of the main street in South Queensferry, I think it’s quite unusual to have a two tiered street with a pavement and houses being situated over the top of the shops.

South Queensferry

South Queensferry

This vintage car came tootling along just as I was taking the photos, it was like something that Toad out of The Wind in the Willows might have driven. They must have been freezing! I wouldn’t mind going for a drive in it on a hot day though.

A vintage car

As you can see, they have some olde worlde streetlamps in South Queensferry which fit in nicely with the age of the buildings. Even although it was a cold day it was still busy with locals and day trippers, there are quite a few eateries in the town and I think it’s a favourite place for people living in Edinburgh to visit.

South Queensferry

Some of the buildings are really quite ancient, as you can see the date on this pub is 1683.

The Ferry Tap

This photo below is of Jack (husband) eyeing up one of the boats which has been lifted out of the harbour but I don’t think he’ll be taking up sailing.

The Forth Bridge

This is one end of the town from the harbour. It’s a nice wee place to have a bit of a stroll around.

South Queensferry from harbour

It was reading Margaret of Books Please review of a Catriona McPherson book which is set there which made me think it was about time we had another look at South Queensferry. The last time we were there was during the summer when we took a trip on one of the boats which sails regularly to the island of Inchcolm. It’s a good day out, when the weather’s fair. You really wouldn’t want to be stuck out on an island in the middle of the Forth if there was the chance of a howling gale and rain blowing up. You can have a look at my Inchcolm post here.

North Queensferry, Fife

You might remember that I was completely cheesed off on Saturday because the weather was so horrible, wet and cold and it felt like November instead of June. So when we woke up on Sunday and the sun was actually shining we took the chance to get some fresh air without getting soaked and drove to North Queensferry for a bit of a walkabout. It’s quite a quaint wee place and has some really old buildings but there’s no ferry there now. The town, well I suppose it’s more of a village really, is situated in between the two bridges and the old ferry was also in between both. The queen which the town was called after was Queen Margaret who married Malcolm III. She often used the ferry when she was travelling from Edinburgh to the church which she had founded in Dunfermline, but the ferry was also used by Mary Queen of Scots when she escaped from the island in the middle of Loch Leven, one of her many escapes.

As you can see, these houses are situated right underneath the Forth Bridge. The owners probably bought them because they have a great view, if you’re into that sort of thing but I wouldn’t live in a house there, even if I got it for nothing!

Forth Bridge

This photo is of the Forth Bridge with a view of the island of Inchgarvie, which is uninhabited now but it has been used for centuries as a fortification and in World War II it had a gun emplacement on it. Obviously the Germans were keen to bomb the bridge but they didn’t manage.

Forth Bridge with Inch Garvie island behind

This is a photograph of the Forth Road Bridge, forever known as the SCARY bridge, as named by Joan Kyler. She’s right it is scary because as you drive along on it you can clearly see the sea underneath you, such is its design. It’s also scary because the cables are corroding and they are planning on building a new bridge because that one is having to cope with far more traffic than they ever expected it to. The two bridges are very close together and quite often there are whales swimming underneath them, but not this time, sadly.

Forth Road Bridge

The sun didn’t stay around very long and it was very windy as usual, but it was just nice to get out of the house and do a wee bit of beachcombing for some lovely sea glass.

I think the Bridge is quite beautiful considering it’s a big lump of iron.

Forth Bridge panorama