Queensferry (often referred to as South Queensferry to distinguish it from North Queensferry), originally a Royal Burgh in West Lothian is now part of the City of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located some 16 km’s to the west of the city centre, on the shore of the Firth of Forth between the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge, approximately 13 km from Edinburgh Airport. The town is named after Saint Margaret of Scotland who used to cross the firth by ferry from "Queen's Ferry" to visit her chapel in Edinburgh Castle.
Queensferry is an extremely popular place due to its proximity to Edinburgh, but it has also been an important trading and fishing port in its own right and offers an interesting collection of buildings. Oldest is St Mary's church, which dates from 1441. The oldest house is "Black Castle", built on the High Street in 1626. The nearby Tolbooth was built in the 1600s, though the tower dates back only to 1720.
Things to See and Do
* Dalmeny and Hopetoun Houses
* St Mary's Episcopal Church
* Black Castle
* Plewlands House
* The TolBooth
Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (£)
Language – English
Population – 9,000
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44
Port Location – The Ocean Terminal is located at Leith Docks, in North Edinburgh. There is a bus service to the city centre. It is a 10 minute drive from Princes Street and 15-20 minutes drive from South and West Edinburgh.
Transport Links – Edinburgh International Airport is situated some 10 miles west of the city. Edinburgh Airport offers a wide range of domestic and international flights to Europe and North America. The city is served by the major inter-city bus companies from around Scotland and England. Most long distance services start and end in the Bus Station in St Andrew Square.
As there is no underground or subway in Edinburgh and only limited commuter train service, the city's buses provide the chief method of public transportation. Edinburgh is convenient for the visitor who likes to walk, as most of the attractions are along the Royal Mile, Princes Street, or one of the major streets of the New Town.
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