Three Bridges Tour - 1 day tour
Three Bridges Tour
One day tour
From Edinburgh, travel to the attractive town of South Queensferry, where a cruise boat awaits to take you on a 90-minute cruise on the Firth of Forth. Get unrivalled views of the three Forth Bridges, including the iconic Rail Bridge. You'll also see ancient Blackness Castle (Oct-Apr) or the islands of Inchmickery and Inchcolm (May-Sep). There's free time in South Queensferry before boarding the bus back to Edinburgh.
Double Deck Bus Tour - take your seat upstairs for the very best views
South Queensferry - relax with free-time in this historic seaside town to admire the spectacular views
Firth of Forth Cruise - enjoy a 90-minute cruise on the Firth of Forth to see the three bridges that cross the Forth Estuary and span a Century
Inchcolm Island - sail around this beautiful island and see the ancient monastery, founded in the 12th Century (May-Sep)
Blackness Castle - view the 15th Century Castle that's become an Outlander star (Oct-Apr)
Wildlife - discover marine wildlife, including seals, puffins and porpoises
Movie locations - The 39 Steps, Outlander and Churchill
Full Tour Itinerary
From central Edinburgh head through the suburbs to reach Cramond Brig, then onwards to South Queensferry where we join the cruise boat. Cast off from Hawes Pier for a circular cruise lasting around 90 minutes.
First, we head upstream passing under the Forth Road Bridge (1964), which was once the longest suspension bridge outside the USA. Next is the Queensferry Crossing (2017), a graceful cable-stayed road bridge.
Both bridges were opened by HM The Queen, 53 years apart to the day.
During the winter months (Oct-Apr) our cruise passes Blackness Castle, which was built in the 15th Century to guard the Firth of Forth. Its defensive walls resemble the bow of a ship giving the fortress the nickname "The ship that never sailed".
Recently Blackness Castle has found fame in the popular TV series Outlander, as the Fort William headquarters of Black Jack Randall.
We turn direction and cruise under the two modern bridges once more, then we are greeted by the magnificent sight of the Forth Bridge. This mighty structure was opened in 1890 and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Around 200 trains cross this impressive structure every day.
In the summer (May-Sep) the cruise makes for Inchcolm Island which sits off the coast of Fife and is famous for the Abbey that was founded here in the 12th Century. As we circumnavigate the island, you'll see the monastery buildings as well as the wartime fortifications.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this cruise and bus tour?
These enjoyable tours are a combination of transport by double-deck bus and a relaxing cruise on the on the Firth of Forth.
You’ll depart from the centre of Edinburgh on board a comfortable double-deck bus where a full commentary in English will be provided.
On arrival in South Queensferry, you’ll board a cruise boat for a 90-minute sail on the Firth of Forth sailing under the 3 bridges that span this impressive stretch of water! A full commentary will be provided.
The cruise boat features both inside and outside seating, toilets and a bar. You can break your journey by spending time in the historic town of South Queensferry before returning to Edinburgh.
What should I wear?
Wear layers as the temperature on the water can vary. We recommend bringing a rain jacket, just in case!
How do I make a booking?
The best way to make a booking is on-line, by clicking on the 'book now' button on the relevant tour page. As soon as your booking is made we will send you a booking confirmation/voucher straight to your email in-box.
Can I bring my dog with me?
We are really sorry but we are unable to carry dogs (except guide dogs) on our tours.
- Transport by double-deck bus between Edinburgh to South Queensferry
- 90 minute cruise on the Firth of Forth
- Live commentary in English
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Bus Stop YD
28 St Andrew Square
Edinburgh, EH2 1AF
Check-in: 09:20 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:35 hrs
Tour Returns: 16:35 hrs
Concession discount applies to children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
Children aged under 5 years travel free of charge (maximum of 2 per paying adult).
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Tour duration/Tickets Valid/Departures
3 hours/up to 3 departures daily
In order to give you maximum flexibility, admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.