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Historic Building in Queensferry

Hopetoun House

One of Scotland's finest stately homes, Hopetoun House has a superb location in lovely grounds beside the Firth of Forth. The family seat of the earls of Hopetoun, it has two parts: the older, built between 1699 and…
Brewery in Queensferry

Ferry Brewery

Queensferry's first brewery, dating from 1851, this pint-sized operation is squeezed into the former cowshed of an old farm overlooking the Forth Bridge near Dalmeny station. The tiny taproom has several of its doze…
Abbey in Queensferry

Inchcolm Abbey

Known as the 'Iona of the East', the island of Inchcolm (meaning 'St Columba's Island') lies east of the Forth bridges, less than a mile off the Fife coast. Only 800m long, it's home to the ruins of Inchcolm Abbey, …
Cultural in Queensferry

Burry Man

As part of the week-long Ferry Fair, a centuries-old celebration, a local man roams the streets of Queensferry wearing a suit that has been laboriously covered in burrs. One glance at his costume – he looks like a c…
Bakery in Queensferry

Manna House Bakery

This craft bakery and patisserie in an arty industrial space has the creative chops to match, serving up freshly baked bread, colourful sandwiches and salads, and inventive treats like flour-less chocolate-mango mou…
Cafe in Queensferry

Stables Kitchen

Britain’s most elegant equine accommodation – the stables of grand Hopetoun House, where the earls of Hopetoun once housed their pampered racehorses – is now the stylish Stables Kitchen, a delightful spot for cake, …
Seafood in Queensferry


The Samphire restaurant at Orocco Pier serves fine Scottish seafood in a glass-panelled dining room and outdoor terrace with stunning views of the Forth Bridge. The adjacent Antico Cafe-Bar offers more casual dining…
Pub Food in Queensferry

Hawes Inn

The atmospheric Hawes Inn, famously mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel Kidnapped, serves excellent pub grub and dozens of cask ales and beers. It’s opposite Hawes Pier, beside the Forth Bridge.
Museum in Queensferry

Queensferry Museum

On the pretty, terraced High St is the small Queensferry Museum, tracing the town's social history down the centuries. Highlights include a handwritten document from 1638 (the game-changing National Covenant), inter…