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Edinburgh Bus and Boat Tour Including Forth Bridges Sightseeing Cruise

  • 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
Edinburgh Bus and Boat Tour Including Forth Bridges Sightseeing Cruise
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Edinburgh Bus and Boat Tour Including Forth Bridges Sightseeing Cruise
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!
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (35)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was enough lucky with the weather yesterday.Nice tour with lovely staff. Only one thing no stop, just go around...

Thank emeseheg89
Reviewed 28 August 2018
Excellent trip, highly recommend

We did this trip on the last weekend of the festival (bad weather), and it was superb. The young man who sold us the ticket was very helpful too. As was the driver. Excellent service. We booked the last trip of the day and that...More

1  Thank FM100
ElaineEBT, Sales Manager at Edinburgh Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your 5 star review of our 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour and for your top tips which will be useful for future customers. We appreciate you taking the time to share your review here and so pleased to hear how much...More

Reviewed 14 August 2018 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

1  Thank Becky S
ElaineEBT, Sales Manager at Edinburgh Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2018

Thank you so much for recommending our tours so highly here. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay. With best wishes Elaine

Reviewed 7 August 2018 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
ElaineEBT, Sales Manager at Edinburgh Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2018

Thanks for your fantastic review. It's good to hear how much you enjoyed all of our tours. It sounds like you really made the most of your 48 hours. Many thanks Elaine

Reviewed 27 July 2018 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

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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
16 July 2018|
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Response from JudyD37 | Reviewed this property |
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.