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South Queensferry or Queensferry, is a small scenic harbour town situated 8 miles west of Edinburgh in Scotland. The town is popular today for its many small shops, bar diners, cafes, and restaurants.

Regular buses and trains run between Queensferry and Edinburgh, up to four an hour. Other top attractions at Queensferry are the two huge road bridges, iconic Forth Rail Bridge, boat tours to the bridges including Inchcolm Island and Abbey, and visits to Hopetoun House, largest mansion in Scotland.

The image below is of the High Street running through Queensferry centre with the Jubilee Clock Tower being the most notable building.

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The image below left is St Mary's Episcopal Church from the 1450s. The church is situated on the west side of Queensferry with a car park behind. The image below right is of a seating area by the car park with great views over the two road bridges. The new road bridge is almost complete in this image taken in 2016.

The image second down is from a small harbour / marina area in the centre of town. There are a few small beaches along this area and cafes by the water. This is a great spot for photos or paintings of the rail bridge.

The image third down is of the east side of Queensferry at the Forth Rail Bridge. There is a large car park here and bar / diners with views of the bridge. One of the diners is a large Harry Ramsden's fish restaurant.

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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 Tour.

Queensferry History:

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 Queensferry.

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 bridge.

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 recovered.

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 Forth.

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 bridge.

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 towns.

1964 - one day after the last ferry, the Forth Road Bridge is opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

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 winds.

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