If you’re looking to escape the city for the day, South Queensferry is a small Scottish gem only a stone’s throw from the capital.

South Queensferry is a beautiful wee town situated on the shore of the Firth of Forth with spectacular views of the Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, and the newest bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, currently under construction.

After taking in the terrific sights of the iconic bridges, have a wander down the High Street. This charming little street is brimming with charm, character, cobbles and colourful cottages. There are a handful of shops and local business you can peruse at your leisure. From homeware to gifts, see what takes your fancy!

We’d highly recommend visiting Harbour Lane Studio. This art studio/shop is tucked away down Harbour Lane and is detectable by twinkling fairy lights and a retro bicycle propping up a sign.

This former bakery was opened by illustrator, Tori Gray, who has done an excellent job of creating an inspiring open plan space stocking beautiful gifts and art by local Scottish artists with a fitting nautical theme. Tori holds regular classes so if that’s something you’re interested in have a chat with her, she’s super friendly and welcoming. Click to check out her website here.

If you’re interested in history and heritage be sure to check out The Queensferry Museum, also on the High Street. Find out the tales behind the building of the Forth Rail and Road Bridges, local history, industry and trade, and local wildlife.  This is a great place to spend an hour or so. It really capturing the spirit and past of this once Royal Burgh. Click here to find out more.

If you’re around for lunch or dinner, there are plenty of pubs, restaurants, and cafes dotted around. Although they all look lovely, we decided to try out the Ferry Tap on the High Street. This place was characterful and traditional, reasonably priced and did the job of filling us up with good pub grub.