Maid Of The Forth River Cruises And Inchcolm Ferry

Boat Tour

Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, (Almost under Forth Rail Bridge), Edinburgh, Lothian, EH30 9TB

    Enjoy our sightseeing cruise - 1.5hrs

    Enjoy our sightseeing cruise - 1.5hrs

    Departing from South Queensferry under the famous Forth Bridge down to lovely Inchcolm Island, the 'Iona of the East.' Our open top deck allows for magnificent views of castles, island fortresses and wartime ruins in addition to the rich sealife of the Forth. See Grey and Common seals, Puffins, Fulmars, Guillemots and the occasional Dolphin or Porpoise. Heated saloon and licensed bar/cafe. Full commentary covers all the interesting landmarks as you enjoy your 1.5hrs cruise to the island and back.

    Cruise and explore Inchcolm - 3hrs
    When booking you have the option of going ashore at Inchcolm and catching the next ferry back. This gives you an hour and a half to explore the island, Historic Abbey and Visitor Centre. There are sandy beaches, picnic areas and wartime fortifications. Many Seal Pups are born on the beaches of Inchcolm and there are lots of nesting Seabirds to be seen.

    Evening Cruise - 3hrs
    A popular option is our evening BBQ Cruises. Enjoy Dixieland Jazz or Folk music from our resident bands whilst you tap your feet and enjoy the great atmosphere. We serve draught Belhaven Best, lager and all the usual spirits plus the Captain's Choice range of malt whiskies. We serve sizzling Ribeye Steak bagettes from the BBQ, and served with salad to complete your evening. Private Charters are welcome with various catering options, Office outings, Corporate Events, Fun Days or Birthday Parties, and you can choose to have our Jazz Band or a Disco. Other options include a Fun Casino or Karaoke.

    Romantic Inchcolm
    Inchcolm is a beautiful and unique venue for weddings. You can privately charter the 'Maid' to transport your wedding party in style. Last year, the top wedding magazine 'Real Weddings' chose Scotland's Top 20 Weddings and two of those chosen were held on Inchcolm! It is even possible to get married on the boat.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Check our sailing schedule on our web site at

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street

    Special Requirements

    • Dogs Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Wedding Services

    • Civil Ceremony
    • Religious Ceremony

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by Train from the city centre:- To Dalmeny Station, (South Queensferry)  From Edinburgh's Waverley Station 15 minute journey time and 10min walk down to pier under the Forth Bridge. Trains every 20mins.
    Getting there by Bus from the city centre:- First Bus No. 43 get off at police station and walk through the historic village to Hawes Pier. 30 minute journey and buses every 30 mins                                                                                                                                                                           Getting there by Car (Free Parking):- Follow signs for Forth Bridge then brown tourist signs for Inchcolm Abbey Ferry.

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    • Parking provided for visitors

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