The picturesque village of North Queensferry is located on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth, between the iconic Forth Bridge, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Forth Road Bridge.
North Queensferry is on the southern end of the popular Fife Coastal Path, which is one of Scotland’s Great Trails and a signed long distance route between Kincardine and St Andrews. Follow the Fife Coastal Path to the east side of the village to reach the nature reserve at Carlingnose Point to watch wildlife and enjoy great views of the Firth of Forth.
The pier at North Queensferry is home to Queensferry Light Tower, the smallest one in the world of its kind that is still in use. Head to the pier to take a look and find out about its fascinating history. Until the opening of the Forth Road Bridge in 1964, the pier was the main port for ferries crossing the Forth.
These days, boats set off from North Queensferry to tour the bridges, wildlife, and the islands of the Forth. You can also take your bike to North Queensferry from Edinburgh and ride over the Forth Bridge by train before disembarking and cycling back over the Forth Road Bridge.
Another great thing to do in North Queensferry is to visit Deep Sea World, which is Scotland’s National Aquarium. Children and adults alike will love peering at the collection of tropical fish and strange sea-dwelling creatures, from local crabs and seals to exotic piranhas. The centrepiece is the Europe’s largest underwater viewing tunnel complete with a moving walkway. If you’re feeling brave, you can even come face to face with the magnificent sand tiger sharks on a shark dive!