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Located on the Firth of Forth just a short distance from Edinburgh, South Queensferry is a popular commuter town with lots to see and do in the local area. Whether you’re walking along the coast, visiting ancient castles or taking a day trip to the city, there’s something for everyone to enjoy close to your new home in South Queensferry.
Things to see and do
South Queensferry has a small town centre with shops, cafes and restaurants, and views of the impressive Forth Bridges. If you want to learn about the history of the town, you can visit Queensferry Museum where exhibits explore local traditions and the ferry passage over to Fife.
For a relaxing Sunday afternoon stroll, you can take a walk through the grounds of Hopetoun House, a stately home just a short drive away. The town is also close to Dalmeny House, Dundas Castle, Midhope Castle, and Deep Sea World aquarium which is just over the Firth of Forth in North Queensferry.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a ferry along the Firth of Forth to Inchcolm Island, where you can visit the impressive Inchcolm Abbey and spot local wildlife. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry ground, take a walk or bike ride along the John Muir Way, which follows the estuary.
Located just a short distance from the Scottish capital, you can take a day trip to Edinburgh from South Queensferry where you’ll find Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and a huge range of shops along Princes Street. Other attractions nearby include Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, and Pittencrieff House Museum in Dunfermline.
If you’re moving to a new home in South Queensferry with young children, schools in the local area include Queensferry Primary School, St Margaret’s SQ Primary School and Queensferry Community High School, while Clifton Hall School is independent.
For higher education, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University are all within commuting distance, ideal if your older children want to study close to home.
Getting to South Queensferry
Located near the Forth Road Bridge and the M90, South Queensferry is well-connected to neighbouring towns and cities by road. The nearest train station is in Dalmeny, just a 15-minute walk from the centre of the town.
The journey to South Queensferry from Edinburgh city centre takes around 25 minutes by car or 20 minutes by train to Dalmeny. Dunfermline is a 20-minute train journey from Dalmeny or a 20-minute drive from the town, travelling via the Forth Road Bridge. Falkirk is a 30-minute drive away, while Glasgow can be reached in 50 minutes by car via the M8.
If you’re going on holiday, Edinburgh Airport is very close to South Queensferry, with the drive taking just 20 minutes depending on traffic.