Top 10 things to do in South Queensferry near Edinburgh


When visiting Edinburgh there are plenty of notable landmarks. For example, the famous Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat or the Royal Yacht Britannia. Venture further to the west of the capital and you will be spoilt for choice.

Tick off these top 10 things to do near Edinburgh in South Queensferry.

Queensferry Museum

Learn about the construction of nearby Forth Rail and Road Bridges. The Queensferry museum is situated with viewing windows and telescopes to get a closer look of the areas on display.

Inchcolm Abbey and Island

As well as making for a nice boat ride, a trip over to Incholm Island will provide a picturesque and relaxing day out. With medieval ruins dotted around the island, take a look inside the Abbey and an insight into living a secluded life as a Monk.

Maid of the Forth

Speaking of boat trips, step aboard the Maid of the Forth. When the sun goes down you can enjoy an onboard jazz or folk band, share a bottle of wine and help yourself to the BBQ supper.

Forth Boat Tours

With Forth Boat Tours you can be dropped off for the day at the aforementioned Incholm Island. If you’re after a party then dance the night away on an evening cruise.

Forth Road Bridge

When visiting South Queensferry you will be close to both of Edinburgh’s monumental bridges. More than just a main road, admire the workmanship or take a drive across one of the most iconic bridges in the world.

Hopetoun House

This stately home from the 17th century is open to the public. When visiting Hopetoun House within the 6,500 acre plot of land are nature trails, walks and wildlife. Hopetoun Clays offer clay pigeon shooting, while Midhope Castle also sits on the estate.

Dalmeny House

This particular house and estate has been home to the Earls of Roseberry since 1662. The stunning views look out over the moors, with land so vast you will forget you’re in its grounds. You can even rent a cottage or set up your own business when properties become available.

Dundas Castle

Another historic venue, Dundas Castle was first built in the 15th century. Although extensive work was carried out in the 19th century by Scottish architect William Burn.

The Ferry Brewery

They’ve been brewing beer in the Ferry since 1851, however the Ferry Brewery set up far more recently. As such modern techniques and traditional flavours help produce a fine drop of beer.

Stewarton Polo Club

Fancy something different to football or rugby, let the Stewarton Polo Club provide the entertainment or try out the game for yourself.

If you’re staying in South Queensferry or elsewhere in the capital, it is easy to get around the area on foot or with public transport. You will find a wide selection of private rentals at Eventful Stays, with houses, apartments, spare rooms, B&B’s and much more. Check out our accommodation in Edinburgh.