Water activity

Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

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98 reviews

Activity provider: Maid of the Forth

Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

Activity provider: Maid of the Forth
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From US$ 21.73 per person

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Enjoy a sightseeing cruise from Queensferry, with a visit to Inchcolm Island. Explore the ancient Abbey, marvel at the magnificent wildlife, or relax on the tranquil beaches, with stunning views.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Explore the best preserved monastic ruins in Scotland
  • Take in unrivalled views of the Forth bridges
  • Spot the amazing wildlife on the Forth
Full description
Upon arrival at Hawes Pier, you will collect your boarding passes and pay for your landing passes to enable you to land on Inchcolm Island from the Maid of the Forth ticket office. Making your way down the pier you will board the Maid and set sail for Inchcolm, cruising underneath the iconic Forth rail bridge, a world Unseco heritage site. You will enjoy views of both the Fife and Edinburgh coastline, sailing past the Haystack seal colony and arriving at Historic Inchcolm Island. Here you will enjoy 1.5 hours to explore all the island has to offer, the Abbey, world war fortifications, visitor centre, and gift shop. There is something for everyone to enjoy on Inchcolm.
  • Return sightseeing cruise to and from Inchcolm Island with audio commentary
  • Food and drinks onboard
  • Landing fee's and admission to Inchcolm Island are payable from 25th July 2022.
  • These are charged at £6.00 per adult and £3.60 per child, and must be paid when collecting your boat tickets.
  • This is a charge set by Historic Scotland for all visitors to the island.
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Collect your boarding passes at the brick building at the top of Hawes Pier. You cannot board before collecting your boarding pass.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The Island has gravel paths and can be uneven underfoot
  • The Island is home to nesting gulls at certain points in the season
  • Well-behaved dogs are welcome onboard the boat and Island; they must be kept on a leash at all times
  • Tours are non-refundable but can be transferred to a different date subject to an admin fee
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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 98 reviews

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Would recommend this experience it is absolutely thrilling to sail under the three bridges and view the coastline from sea really gives a great idea of the enormity of them and learn a little bit of the history surrounding there build and surrounding waters.As for the Abbey never ceases to amaze me that there is such places still in existence that you can walk around and up to get a flavour of what life was like.Even if you don’t like abbeys castles and the like I guarantee you’ll love the views from the boat the island and the top of the Abbey itself(if you can manage the tight steep spiral staircase) Enjoy All in all great afternoon outing

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August 2, 2022

This was a great trip and well organised. It was a lovely sunny day as good weather best for this experience sitting on top deck of boat. We were lucky to spot some seals from the boat. The island visit was amazing, especially exploring the abbey, so interesting! The trip back under the 3 bridges was a nice end to the trip, the commentary was very good too, all in all a great day out!!

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August 2, 2022

A nice ride on the Firth of Fourth in the sun. The tickets were ready for collection on time, everything went very well. Lots of information about the islands, the bridges and almost everything you could see from the boat. However, only in English. We had previously had problems figuring out which bus to take to get to Queensferry, now we know: the 43 bus.

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July 28, 2022

Product ID: 416623