Maid of the Forth

Board the 'Maid' at the historic Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, Edinburgh for a 1½ hour sightseeing boat tour downriver towards Inchcolm Island.  During the cruise you have the option of sitting comfortably in our heated saloon or enjoying the fresh air on our open top deck. Commentary is provided during the trip to the island to point out the local landmarks as we pass them. Our fully stocked bar serves a range of drinks, soft drinks, tea coffees and snacks to keep you refreshed during the cruise.  

Your journey starts of by passing underneath the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge allowing you to get unique close up views of this magnificent piece of Victorian Engineering.  

You will then pass Inchgarvie Island with the remains of it's 12th century castle and wartime ruins, which is now home to a population of Fulmars,and Kittiwakes.  

The 'Maid' then passes close to Hound Point Oil Terminal where you can see huge supertankers filling up with North Sea Crude oil and the very powerful tugs that help them berth alongside.  

Next stop is the Haystack Rock where you can watch the seals basking in the sunshine and playing in the water.

The Maid then docks briefly at Inchcolm Island, to disembark passengers who wish to explore, before continuing round to the south side of the island where you will be treated to spectacular views of Inchcolm Abbey.

On the return journey to the Hawes Pier, the skipper will keep you informed of the wildlife that can be seen such as: Puffins; Guillemots; Razorbills; Eider ducks; seals and the occassional dolphin or porpoise.  There have even been sightings of Minke whales and Killer whales near the bridges in the last few years so you never know what you might see.

 

Sightseeing Tours

Relax and enjoy a 90 min boat trip to get the best close up views of the Forth Bridges and Inchcolm Island.

Inchcolm Island

You have the option of landing where you have 90 mins to explore with its historic abbey, beaches and fortifications.  

Seafari Adventures

Feeling a bit more adventurous? Why not book onto one of our high speed tours on board one of our Seafari Adventures Ribs.