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Sightseeing Cruises on the Firth of Forth

Cruise under the magnificent Forth Bridges

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Cruise under all the Forth Bridges and view amazing wildlife.

Embark on a breathtaking 90-minute sightseeing cruise with us and sail beneath all three iconic Forth Bridges, heading towards the captivating Inchcolm Island. Experience the unparalleled beauty and impressive engineering of the Forth Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge, and the Queensferry Crossing like never before. Join us for a unique adventure on the water.

3 hour Inchcolm Landing Trip

Cruise & Explore Inchcolm Island with 1.5 hours ashore.

Enhance your 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise by including a visit to Inchcolm Island. Explore the historic Abbey, admire the diverse wildlife, unwind on the peaceful beaches, and savour the breathtaking views.

RSPB Bird Watching tour

Special Birdwatching cruise with expert commentary from RSPB staff

Experience an unforgettable birdwatching adventure by joining our exclusive 3 hour cruise led by knowledgeable RSPB staff. Embark on a thrilling journey as we sail to Inchkeith Island, a prime location to catch a glimpse of the delightful Puffins in their natural habitat. Join us and witness the beauty and diversity of bird species in this unique and educational excursion.

3 hour Evening Scottish Folk Music

3 Hour evening cruise with live Folk Band

Experience the magnetic charm of 'Pure Malt,' an exceptional local folk band renowned for their captivating blend of Scottish and Irish folk melodies. With their mesmerising performances, they never fail to entice the audience into a joyous sing-along session with beloved classics, creating an immersive musical experience that will leave you wanting more.

3 hour Jazz Cruise

3 Hour evening cruise with live Jazz Band

Our resident Jazz Band play a great mix of Dixieland and traditional Jazz tunes interspersed with infomation about the islands and wildlife that you will see on the cruise.

ICE Bridges and Engineering Tour

1.5 hour guided cruise around the bridges and significant engineering sights

Exclusive 1.5 hour cruise around the magnificent Forth bridges with experts from the Institution of Civil Engineers proving some fascinating facts and insights into how these fantastic structures were built and operated.

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Start your tour at our entrance on the Ground Floor of Ocean Terminal.

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A great day out for all the family, explore each of the five decks at this top attraction in Edinburgh and discover what life was like on board Queen Elizabeth II's former floating palace. 

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Edinburgh boat tours, cruise boat or speed boat tours.

Edinburgh Boat Tours take you up and down the Firth of Forth under the magnificent bridges and around the many islands of which most at one time were inhabited.  The guide will tell you the history and facts about the islands. While you are cruising you will have the chance of seeing seal, dolphin whales otters and many different species of bird including the Puffins. 

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Enjoy one of the best days out in Scotland. Take in views of the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before on our castle cruise. View this magnificent castle, known as the ship that never sails, from the comfort of our viewing deck or heated saloon.

Outlander Experience. As fans of the TV series Outlander, we welcome fellow enthusiasts to experience the magic of the show first-hand on our Blackness Castle Cruise.

We pass Limekilns village, as mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson’e Kidnapped. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat.

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Enjoy a Cream Tea on board

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Looking for a memorable cream tea experience?

Why not enjoy this most British past time while gliding past the iconic riverside views with a cream tea on the Firth of Forth.

Relax with a nice cup of tea while admiring the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge, take your pick from the sandwich selection on your way to Limekilns, and enjoy scones, clotted cream and jam as you cruise past Blackness Castle, as seen in Outlander, on your afternoon tea or cream tea river cruise with Forth Boat Tours.

Push the boat out with an Afternoon Tea & Prosecco

Why not really push the boat out with one of our famous Prosecco afternoon teas.

Set sail on journey of indulgence while gliding past the iconic riverside views with a prosecco afternoon tea on the Firth of Forth.

Unwind with a glass of prosecco while admiring the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge, take your pick from the sandwich selection on your way to Limekilns, and enjoy scones, clotted cream and jam as you cruise past Blackness Castle, as featured in the Outlander TV series, on your afternoon tea or cream tea river cruise with Forth Boat Tours.

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Explore ‘the Ship that never sails’.

Blackness Castle is a historic fortress located on the Firth of Forth, near the village of Blackness, Scotland. The castle was built in the 15th century and played an important role in the history of Scotland. It was as a strategic stronghold during various conflicts, including the Wars of Scottish Independence and the Jacobite Uprisings. Blackness Castle also features in the Outlander TV series.

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Wildlife Boat Trips

We offer a fantastic range of boat trips around the islands in the Firth of Forth, including the incredible Bass Rock gannet colony (featured in BBC1's Wild Isles). Trips run from late March to early October. Look out for different seabirds and marine wildlife throughout the spring and summer season. Boat trips for can be booked online through the links below or call us on 01620 890 202. Please note that WATERPROOFS ARE NOT PROVIDED for any of our trips, even on a warm sunny day it can be cold out on the water, please bring your own waterproofs and make sure you have warm clothing for your trip.

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Three Islands Seabird Seafari

These exhilarating wildlife boat trips leave North Berwick Harbour and head out around the islands of the Lamb, Craigleith and of course the famous Bass Rock. Enjoy seeing a range of amazing wildlife in its natural habitat. Seasonal highlights include puffins, guillemots, gannets and if you’re really lucky you might even spot dolphins. Please note our RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) are unsuitable for anyone with back and or neck problems or who is pregnant. WATERPROOFS ARE NOT PROVIDED please bring your own waterproofs. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult on these trips.

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Isle of May Landing trips

Visit stunning National Nature Reserve the Isle of May. The island is steeped in history and is a haven for wildlife, supporting internationally important colonies of breeding seabirds in the summer and grey seals over winter. Enjoy a cruise around the iconic Bass Rock on your return journey (weather and sea conditions permitting).

Our RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) are unsuitable for anyone with back and or neck problems or who is pregnant. Please note all children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult on these trips. WATERPROOFS ARE NOT PROVIDED please bring your own waterproofs for the trip.

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Seabird Catamaran Cruise

On board our custom-built, 55 seat catamaran, enjoy an hour-long cruise around the island of Craigleith and the Bass Rock, the world's largest colony of Northern gannets. Please note all children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult on these trips.

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Isle of May Round Island Trip

Departing from North Berwick Harbour, this exhilarating wildlife boat trip will take you around the Isle of May, Craigleith and out to the iconic Bass Rock. Please make sure you wear, warm water proof clothes, even on sunny days, it can be cold out on the water. Please note our RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) are unsuitable for anyone with back and or neck problems or who is pregnant. WATERPROOFS ARE NOT PROVIDED please bring your own waterproofs for the trip. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult on these trips. Not suitable for children under 7.

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Visit the Union Canal

Union Canal is a route to remember, from the iconic Falkirk Wheel to the historic heart of Scotland's capital city. Discover boat trips, inspiring trails and amazing heritage. 

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Embark on a short journey from the canalside and uncover a world of wonders. Explore magnificent landmarks, get active in the range of parks, and embrace the vibrant energy of nearby bustling cities and towns.

The Falkirk Wheel

The world's only rotating boat lift. A marvel of engineering and our flagship destination, The Falkirk Wheel connects the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Union Canal in a half-turn that takes only 5 minutes.

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Linlithgow Palace

This ruined palace in Linlithgow is a popular attraction, famous as the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Europe's largest indoor climbing centre. Just 300m away from the Union Canal.

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Three Bridges Bus & Boat Tour

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Explore further afield with the picturesque 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour.

Board your bus in the heart of Edinburgh for a tour to Queensferry, followed by a relaxing cruise on the Firth of Forth.

Take in views of the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before. View Blackness Castle (as featured in Outlander and Outlaw King) and known as the ship that never sails. We pass Limekilns village, as mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. During your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to see a variety of marine wildlife including seals.

Save £3 on Cream Tea on board with your 3 Bridges Bus and Boat Tour ticket (subject to availability).

Why not explore the beautiful conservation town of Queensferry before or after your boat cruise? With its picturesque harbour and stunning coastal views, Queensferry also offers a range of local eateries and gift shops – check the return times with your driver.

Board your bus in the heart of Edinburgh for a guided tour to South Queensferry, followed by a cruise aboard the Forth Belle on the Firth of Forth. Enjoy superb views of Edinburgh and Fife’s coastlines as well as the iconic 3 Bridges; the Forth Road and Rail Bridges and the new Queensferry Crossing. Get your camera out and look out for puffins and seals along the way!

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