Water activity

Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

Activity provider: Maid of the Forth

Queensferry: Sightseeing Cruise and Inchcolm Island Landing

Activity provider: Maid of the Forth

From US$ 19.24 per person

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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 153 reviews

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Had an excellent trip to the Inchcolm island. Everything was on time the boat was lovely. The weather was perfect and the Island was spectacular. Had a lovely walk all the way round the views were exceptional. The gift shop was also open. We took some drinks and a picnic which we ate while enjoying the views. We left the island on a different route and we’re taken under the three bridges with commentary all the way !!! Excellent

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August 18, 2022

Since the top deck, which has the best views, is unprotected, the level of enjoyment is very dependent on the weather. The weather in the Firth of Forth varies between stunning to cold and wild. Chose your day carefully. The Abbey and the Inchcolm island are well worth the 90 minute landing, even for children.

August 15, 2022

Living in the area I can’t believe I’ve never done this trip before. We took a picnic and the weather was lovely. It was well organised and a great day out. We hadn’t realised South Queensferry would be so busy but one of the car parks had been taken over by the funfair. Next time we’ll be sure to arrive earlier in time to park the car.

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August 10, 2022

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