The image above is of one of two boats
that give tours around the bridges, islands
with seals and sea birds, and to Inchcolm
Island with its scenic Augustine Abbey.
The image above left is of Inchcolm
Abbey. You can view the abbey from the
boat tours, or get off and explore the Abbey
and Island and catch the next boat back.
The image above right is of Hopetoun House
built in the 1700s as the largest mansion in
Scotland. The house is situated about 2 miles
south of Queensferry, open for visits much of
the year. Hopetoun House Photo
The Firth of Forth is about 5 miles wide
at the mouth by Edinburgh.
The Queensferry area is the first narrow
point at about one and a half miles wide.
1000s - the first ferry service begins
between Queensferry and North
The towns here were named after Queen
Margaret, wife of King Malcolm III.
Queen Margaret began the first ferry
service so people could visit Dunfermline
Abbey on the north side of the Forth.
The ferries saved traveling 27 miles
northwest to Stirling to cross the river by
1633, the ship Blessing of Burntisland
sank off Queensferry while carrying Charles
I’s treasure, valued at over £1 billion in
today's money. The treasure has never been
1699 - building of Hopetoun House begins 2
miles south of Queensferry for the Hopes.
1850s - first of the steam powered ferries
begin operating across the Firth of
1890 - the Forth Rail Bridge is completed
as the largest of its kind at that time.
1914 - 1918 during WWI, many huge British
warships are anchored here Image.
1939 - 1945 - during WWII, the first
German air attack was on shipyards by the
Forth Bridge, with bombs narrowly missing the
1918 - the 20,000 ton aircraft carrier
Campania sunk off Queensferry.
Campania was an aging liner converted to
an aircraft carrier during WWI.
1934 - the ferry Robert the Bruce begins
operating between the two towns.
1964 - the last ferry ran between the two
1964 - one day after the last ferry, the
Forth Road Bridge is opened by Queen
2003 - some of the many thousands of small
cables wound together to hold up the road
bridge are monitored snapping inside the
protective steel cover.
The road bridge is regarded as not strong
enough for the ever increasing traffic, and
was often closed during strong winds..
2011 - the building of the second Forth
Road Bridge begins.
2017 - the second road bridge is completed
under the name Queensferry Crossing.
The new bridge is designed to cope with
the high volume of traffic and high