The villages of three bridges, North Queensferry (and Queensferry ~ the better known tourist spot across the water) have always been the key places to view the famous Forth Rail Bridge.
On our first visits there were only two bridges, including the 1960’s road bridge, but now of course you have the majestic Queensferry Crossing too, which is akin to enormous white sails reflected the sunlight.
I remember driving into North Queensferry in search of a Sunday Roast, only to be sent across the water to The Hawes Inn; the place where Robert Louis Stevenson allegedly wrote Kidnapped. Incidentally, we had a wonderful meal there; the span of the burnt orange bridge filling our view as we ate.
In North Queensferry, however, there are two pubs which serve food, a restaurant ~ ‘The Wee Restaurant’ which has been mentioned on TV recently, and also a bistro which we usually frequent. It is also the site of the Deep Sea World Aquarium, which we have yet to enjoy, since we are waiting for a younger visitor to impress on a wet day!
For me, North Queensferry was the beginning of my walk in earnest along the Fife Coastal Path all the way to St Andrews. The official path does, in fact, begin at the Kincardine Arch which we have seen from the road, and finishes at the Newburgh Arch. We have yet to participate in these pleasures.
It was on the cliff above North Queensferry, as we looked down on the Cunard Queen Elizabeth moored near the Forth Rail Bridge, that we met a couple who had recently moved to Fife. The lady’s words have remained in my mind,’
‘We seem to have our own eco climate here on the Fife Coast along the Forth, with lots of sunshine.’
(Author Diana Jackson enjoys researching social history and this inspires her writing. Her latest release ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’, a fantasy / memoir, reflects her growing love for the Kingdom of Fife.)