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Make your own way to Waverley Bridge in the heart of Edinburgh, and then hop aboard your tour bus and ride west to South Queensferry. Along the way, enjoy views of Princes Street, a bustling shopping street located in the gridded district of Edinburgh New Town that was built during the 18th and 19th centuries. Note how the area, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, retains much of the original neoclassical and Georgian architecture.

On arrival in South Queensferry, board the Forth Belle at Hawes Pier and set off on a 1.25-hour cruise around the Firth of Forth, an estuary of Scotland’s River Forth. Choose a seat on deck or in the warm inside lounge and listen to audio commentary of the sights along the way. Perhaps indulge in a beverage and a light snack from the onboard bar (own expense).

Admire panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline and the coastline of the Kingdom of Fife, and view a series of three bridges, each a modern marvel in its time. The Forth Road Bridge, a suspension bridge constructed in 1964, connects West Lothian to Fife. Next to the suspension bridge stands the Forth Rail Bridge, a cantilever bridge built in 1890 that stretches an impressive 8,296 feet (2,528 meters) in length. Then, observe the ongoing construction of the sleek, white Queensferry Crossing, which promises to be the longest cable-supported bridge in the world, boasting three towers.

The boat makes a stop at Inchcolm Island, home to a medieval abbey on verdant gardens and two lovely beaches. If you wish, disembark here and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the grounds (landing fee own expense).

During your cruise, observe a variety of marine wildlife including seals, porpoises and seabirds. Take advantage of the onboard binoculars and telescope to catch sightings of the dolphins that occasionally frolic in the Firth of Forth, and to spot puffins, black-and-white birds with rounded bodies and bright orange beaks.

Following your cruise, arrive back to Hawes Pier and board your return bus from South Queensferry to Waverley Bridge OR spend some time exploring South Queensferry and take a later tour back.
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Edinburgh Bus Tours
St Andrew Square
Discover the highlights and history of Edinburgh on a 3-hour city bus tour and cruise along the Firth of Forth. Set off on a sightseeing bus and enjoy unobstructed views of the Edinburgh’s main attractions such as striking Georgian architecture on UNESCO-listed Princes Street. Afterward, transfer to an all-weather boat and sail by sights like Forth Rail Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and Inchcolm Island — and keep your eyes peeled for native seals and puffins!
  • 3-hour Edinburgh bus tour and sightseeing cruise with audio commentary
  • Marvel at stunning Georgian architecture on UNESCO-listed Princes Street
  • Float past waterside attractions like Forth Road Bridge, Forth Rail Bridge and Queensferry Crossing
  • View the historic medieval abbey on Inchcolm Island
  • Spot abundant wildlife like puffins, seals and porpoises
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
I loved the bus tour

The open top bus tour was great, relaxing and very good value. I would highly recommend for all ages

Thank Becky S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
The best bus tour we have been on

I would highly recommend this attraction! The buses were great and the friendliness from the staff was impeccable. We were visiting from Nottingham and were unsure of the area so we asked the bus driver (Paul on the green buses) he made us feel very...More

Thank pandanottingham1981
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Tour was good but inconsiderate tour cordinators

Any one with infant / baby buggy AVOID!! The tour started well but I was surprised and disappointed with how inconsiderate tour cordinators at the port were for those with buggies. We had 2 infants along and were asked to wait till end to deboard....More

2  Thank Ankit M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Bridge Tour

Purchased the 48+ tour ticket that gives you 48 hour access to the 4 different tours bus tours. The best one is the trip out to South Queensferry to then go on a boat and sail under the 3 bridges and around Inchcolm Island. On...More

1  Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Highlight was The Three Bridges Sightseeing Tour

We purchased the Three Bridges Bus and Boat Tour along with the other Bus Sightseeing Tours of Edinburgh via Edinburgh's 48 hour ticket offer. We also got a small over 60s discount. You are given headphones as some commentary is by audio plug in on...More

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25 July 2018|
Response from JudyD37 | Reviewed this property |
For the Three Bridges Bus and Boat Tour there are several throughout the day depending on which day of the week it is. There is a downloadable pdf which TripAdvisor wouldn't allow me to include here. The first one starts at... More
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Three Bridge Bus and Boat Tour starts later also varies according to the day of the week you're going. Visit the website for downloadable pdf or contact Tourist Information.
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