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. I'd recommend coming here merely for the views of the iconic bridges, but whilst you're there you may as well explore the quaint little place.
After taking in the terrific sights of the iconic bridges, I'd recommend wandering down to the High Street. It's only a small street but it's absolutely charming, with characterful cobbles and quaint little cottages, shops, and houses. There are a handful of shops and local businesses along the High Street, so see what takes your fancy.
I'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 converted 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 was really friendly and welcoming. Click to check out her website here.
The Queensferry Museum, also on the High Street, is well worth popping into for more information on the past of this wee town. Find out the tales behind the building of the Forth Rail and Road Bridges, local history, industry and trade, and local wildlife. You can even use a telescope provided to spot local wildlife and explore the Bridges and bay in more detail. This is a great place to spend an hour or so, 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.
There are a couple of places outside the town that are worth visiting. Dalmeny House and Estate is a grand, Gothic mansion set against beautiful Scottish landscape. Please note there are 2 guided tours a day that a fee is charged for, for prices and more info click here. Another slice of history can be found in the 12th century Dalmeny Kirk, free to pop into.
Overall, it's a great day out. If you're visiting Edinburgh and have some spare time after exploring the delights of the city, get yourselves to South Queensferry. If you're a resident of Scotland and haven't got round to visiting this place, make it a priority. We drove from the city centre which took us about half an hour, but you can also get the train to Dalmeny Station which takes 15 minutes with a short walk once you're there. Trains run very regularly throughout the day and are reasonably priced at around £4.60.