The High Street, Queensferry
Hawes Pier, Queensferry
Queensferry High Street during Ferry Fair Festival
Queensferry
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Queensferry sits at the edge of the Firth of Forth, where the Firth is wide and the water's waves prepare themselves to become part of a great ocean. It is a place where visitors take a curious amount of pleasure in sitting staring at the water, their hypnotic spell frequently broken when their tongue curls to engulf the remains of an ice-cream cone. Certainly the views out towards the water are awesome. For spanning the Firth at this point are two great bridges: the railway bridge and the relatively recent road bridge. And soon there will be three bridges.
It is a small town of crooked lanes and byways bristling with intriguing little shops, and has a most appealing charm. From the small pier pleasure-craft leave for the Island of Inchcolm, whose ancient abbey walls have witnessed many crucial events over the centuries. Or you can be dropped off on the north side of the Firth where Deep Sea World in North Queensferry offer visitors the opportunity to be slowly wheeched inside the very sea itself.
And having stared at the water, walked under the water, and been bobbed about on its surface, you may take yourself off to a nearby hostelry and add some of that wet stuff to a wee dram of whisky.
That's surely what water's truly for?
THE HIGH STREET
HAWES PIER AND RAILWAY BRIDGE
HIGH STREET VIEW, QUEENSFERRY
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How to
GET THERE
You can get a train to Queensferry from Edinburgh. The name of the station you should get off at is called 'Dalmeny'. It's a short walk from there.
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