Three Bridges Bus and Boat Tour
Take a trip out of Edinburgh on our Three Bridges Bus and Boat Tour. The bus will take you from the centre of Edinburgh to Queensferry, where you’ll see the three famous bridges that cross the Firth of Forth and get to explore the attractive town. You can also board a boat for a cruise on the Firth of Forth, with the option to get off and explore the island of Inchcolm and visit its famous abbey.
- See seals on the shores of Inchcolm Island
- Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Firth of Forth
- Enjoy views of Edinburgh city centre & the coastline on your way to Queensferry
- Explore the town of Queensferry at your leisure
- See the iconic Three Bridges: the Forth Road Bridge, the Forth Bridge & the Queensferry Crossing
Before the first road bridge though, the railway bridge was built. The Forth Bridge was opened in 1890 and when it opened, it was the longest single cantilever bridge in the world, a record it held for some 30 years. Today, the bridge is seen as a symbol of Scotland and in 2016, it was voted the country’s greatest man-made wonder by the Scottish people.
For more than 70 years, the bridge stood alone while the ferry crossed the firth below it. Then, in 1964, the first road bridge was opened. The Forth Road Bridge was another record breaker. At the time of its inauguration, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world outside the United States. Over the years, the bridge started to suffer structural issues and it had to be closed for repairs. When it opened again, it was only for public transport, such as buses and taxis, as well as cyclists and pedestrians.
To take the load that the Road Bridge could no longer take, the Queensferry Crossing was built. This bridge opened in 2017, breaking yet another record as it’s the longest triple tower cable-stayed bridge in the world. Now, the three bridges stand beside each other, each with their different role. You will also have time to explore the delightful town of Queensferry itself.
The tour also includes a cruise on the Firth of Forth itself and a chance to see the bridges from the water. You will also have the chance to visit the island of Inchcolm (the island is not visited during the winter season) and explore its ancient abbey, which has stood since the 12th century. Keep an eye out for seals, the many seabirds and maybe even porpoises!
Before you Go
- Meeting point: Waverley Bridge
- Bus tour:
- Buses depart every hour from 10:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. and then at 4:50, 4:50 and 5:50 p.m.
- Return buses run every hour from 10:50 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.
- The last return bus is at 6:35 p.m.
- Boat tour:
- Possible departure times are 11:00 a.m., 1:00, 3:00 and 4:40 p.m.
- Possible return times are 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 6:10 p.m.
- Please note that boat tours are weather permitting and the schedule may be subject to change; please check before you depart what time the boat is running on your day of travel
- You can buy a landing pass on board the boat to explore Inchcolm
- Please note the island is not visited during the winter season