Board the 'Maid' at the historic Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, Edinburgh for a sightseeing boat tour downriver towards Inchcolm Island. During the cruise, you have the option of sitting comfortably in the heated saloon or enjoying the fresh air on the open top deck. Commentary is provided during the trip to the island to point out the local landmarks as the vessel passes them. There will be tea, coffees and cakes to keep you refreshed during the cruise.
Your journey starts of by passing underneath the spectacular Forth Rail and Road Bridges allowing you to get unique close views of the magnificent Victorian Engineering. You will also have phenomenal views of the Queensferry Crossing, opened by Her majesty the Queen in September 2017, this spectacular £1.35bn bridge over the river Forth is a sight not to be missed.
You will then pass Inchgarvie Island with the remains of its 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 super tankers 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 approaches Inchcolm Island, where you will be treated to spectacular views of Inchcolm Abbey. The Island is cared for by Historic Scotland and is commonly referred to as the 'Iona of the East' due to its similarity to the Island of Iona on the west coast of Scotland. The Island was home to around 500 soldiers during both world wars and formed part of 'Fortress Forth' where all the islands in the Forth were garrisoned to protect the Royal Navy's base at Rosyth and the Rail Bridge from attack from the sea.
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 occasional 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.
This tour will start/finish at Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Coach departs at 13.15
Sailing departs Hawes Pier at 14.00
Tour duration is approx. 1.5 – 2 hours.
Sailing finishes at approx. 16.00
Coach arrives at Hotel at approx. 16.30
Minimum/Maximum: 100 participants