Discover Historic South Queensferry: A Self-Guided Tour

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Visit the Forth Bridge UNESCO site and explore one of Scotland’s ancient towns on this self-guided audio tour. Experience the magic of GPS-playback on this immersive stroll through South Queensferry.


  • Bask in the shadow of the conic Forth railway bridge and UNESCO site
  • Hear from the producer, Forth Bridges Tours, a historical tour company
  • Do it all in an hour or linger at stops along the way
  • Get unlimited use before your booking date and after it
  • Use the virtual tour option at home


Queensferry is one of Scotland’s most ancient crossing points, and is steeped in historic tales from its rich and colourful past. This picturesque town is nestled between Scotland’s iconic bridges – Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, and Queensferry Crossing. The tour starts in front of the Forth Bridge Memorial in the shadows of the iconic Forth railway bridge and UNESCO site. From there, you’ll walk through this ancient Royal Burgh town and hear stories of air raids, mysterious parades, and witchcraft. You’l follow in the footsteps of past visitors, from Robert Louis Stevenson and Alfred Hitchcock, to King Olav of Norway. I’ll tell you about its royal roots and a local lord with high ambitions. With its 15th century medieval Priory, 17th century dwellings, and 19th century harbour you will be surprised at what hidden tales await you! En route to the Binks, Queensferry’s ancient crossing point where the tour ends, you’ll have a chance to: • Stand in the shadow of the mighty Forth Bridge, which in 1890 was the largest steel structure on earth • Take in the Forth Road Bridge, once the longest suspension road bridge in Europe – and, coincidentally, the fourth longest in the world • Gaze up at Queensferry Crossing, the bridge with three rather unusual records under its belt • See Hawes Inn, a 17th-century inn under Forth Bridge that was frequented by Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson • Spot Inchgarvie Island that was first fortified over a 1,000 years ago • Find out if Black Castle – which isn’t actually a castle – is black because of a sinister point in its history • Hear the history of the old tolbooth, which has served as a customs office, court, council chamber, and even a jail • Learn about Samuel Wilson, once one of the wealthiest men in Queensferry, while standing outside his former home, Plewlands House • Pass by the Priory of St. Mary of Mount Carmel, the UK’s oldest Carmelite church still in operation today • Discover what a Binks is and why it’s so important to the town’s history


Lifetime access to this tour in English VoiceMap app for Android and iOS Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

Important Information

  • You need to install the VoiceMap smartphone app.
  • You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It’s best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point.
  • This tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next.
  • When the download completes, you’ll see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when you are at the starting point.
  • This tour is only available in English.

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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