Visit Three Bridges and Three Islands and some amazing wildlife all packed into a one hour high speed boat trip. These trips depart daily (Easter- October) from Hawes Pier in South Queensferry and must be prebooked online.
With the new Queensferry Crossing construction well under way, we will soon be the only place in the world to have 3 major bridges within half a mile of each other that were built in 3 different century's. There has never been a better time to visit and see them. The Victorian wonder of the Forth Bridge, which was completed in 1890 has just undergone a 15 years refurbishment project and is looking as good as new. The Forth Road Bridge completed in 1964 was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was built and is still an awe inspiring feat of engineering when you are sitting underneath the main span hearing traffic pass over your head. The new Queensferry Crossing will be a fine example of 21st century engineering, due for completion in 2016, is a hive of activity at the moment and will be amazing to watch the 210 metre high concrete towers rising up out of the water over the coming months and years.
After spending some time around all three magnificent bridges we will look at the first island which is Inchgarvie sitting right underneath the impressive Forth Bridge, The wartime fortifications and remains of a prison can still be seen on this island and it is one of the best places in the area to see nesting Fulmar's. We then head off downriver at a cruising speed of 25 knots to see the Island of Inchmickery (the 'Battleship' island) with its colony of Common Seals, nesting Seabirds such as Puffins, Cormorants, Shags, Kittiwakes, Arctic Terns and Gulls. We then head over to Inchcolm, with it's well preserved 12th Century Augustinian Abbey, is a beautiful island. There is an option of landing on Incholm (subject to an additional landing fee), and then returning to the Hawes Pier on our large passenger ferry the Maid of the Forth or we will then head back up river to get you back ashore at the Hawes Pier.
During the trip you are guaranteed to see some Seals who often sleep on the Navigation Buoys or on the seaweed covered rocks around the island. If you are lucky you may get great views of some Common Seal pups who are usually born on Inchmickery in July. The is an abundance of Seabirds to be seen, from the gracefully swooping Fulmars to the frantic flapping of a Puffin flying by, our expert skippers are a wealth of knowledge on the wildlife that can be seen and will find the best spots in the area to watch it in it's natural habitat.