Water activity

Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

Activity provider: Maid of the Forth
Water activity

Queensferry: 1.5-Hour Maid of the Forth Sightseeing Cruise

Activity provider: Maid of the Forth

From US$ 20.87 per person

Cruise under the Forth Bridges on this award winning 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise. The cruise was recently voted one of the best things to do in Edinburgh, and will display many highlights of the region to you.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Spot the abundance of seals, puffins, and other seabirds and wildlife
  • Enjoy breathtaking views as you cruise under the Forth Bridges
  • Listen to the full commentary detailing the rich history and wildlife on the Forth
Full description
Your tour will begin as you visit the booking office and gift shop to collect your boarding pass. From there, you will make your way onto Hawes Pier to board the boat and embark on your sightseeing cruise. Once the boat has departed Hawes Pier, there will be a brief safety message played to all passengers before the audio commentary begins. The journey then starts with the boat heading under the Red Forth Rail Bridge before continuing past the historic Inchgarvie Island towards Inchcolm Island. You can listen as the skipper points out seals, puffins, and other wildlife that can be found throughout the cruise. Once around Inchcolm Island, you can watch carefully for sunbathing seals on the Haystack before the cruise continues back under the Red Rail Bridge towards the Forth Road Bridge and the recently opened Queensferry Crossing. Once under these majestic bridges, the boat will cruise back to Hawes Pier where you will be free to disembark.
  • The price is for the 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise only
  • Commentary translations, available from the booking office
  • Food and drinks
  • Binocular rental (please request from staff)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Please make your way to the brick building at the top of Hawes Pier to collect your boarding passes, these must be collected before boarding the Maid of Forth. Failure to do so may result in missing the cruise.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • There is a short ramp from the pier to the boat, followed by 2 shallow steps into the boat
  • There is a threshold step of 30 centimeters from the back to the front of the boat
  • The boat has a bar serving hot/cold/alcoholic drinks
  •  There are both male/female toilets onboard
  • Please note, this trip is non refundable within 24 hours of travel. All booking changes made within 24 hours will be subject to a £5 administration charge
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 377 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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My daughter her husband and family went on the Maid of the Forth. Our oldest grandson didn't want to go on but after a bit of persuasion from us he went and loved it. We didnt get them a ticket to get off at Inchcolm Island but they want to do this the next time.

August 13, 2022

We had a lovely time on the boat. The only thing that I would change was the fact that i didn't book to go onto Inchcolm Island as I didn't know it was an option. Unfortunately there were no spaces on the boat to allow us to go on to the island and return later.

July 20, 2022

A brilliant trip with amazing scenery and a close up look at some of the wildlife. My 3yr and 1yr old children loved every minute of the trip (their first time on a boat!) The only down side is the parking. Not a lot of parking available, and could end up with a lengthy walk. Apart from that, the trip itself was a great experience.

June 21, 2022

Product ID: 262472