A Trip on The Forth Belle ~ Diana’s Virtual Tour of Fife

DSCN3010.JPGDidn’t we choose a perfect day for our Three Bridges and Inchcolm Island trip along the Forth yesterday? It was magic.

Friends from down south were staying in Edinburgh and so we suggested meeting at Dalmeny Station. We have been known to walk down the cliff steps from the station to the pier on a couple occasions but, since the day before we had endured a snowy blizzard, we decided to drive and park near the quay. ~ It is the old car park, in fact, for the original car ferry crossing between South and North Queensferry before the first road bridge was opened in 1964, linking road users to the northern parts of Scotland. DSCN4541.JPG

Seals, whales, dolphins,  porpoises and even puffins can be seen at different times of the year but yesterday we were content to spot the occasional seal camouflaged on the rocks.



DSCN4538.JPGOne day we will alight at Inchcolm and explore the island and Abbey and maybe have a picnic but we’ll leave that pleasure for another time. Inchcolm Abbey is affectionately nicknamed The Iona of the East, aptly so if you compare photos of the two Abbeys. Adjacent to the quay there is Inchgnome Island! I’ll leave you to use your imagination as to how the little people got there.

As well as the beauty of a trip along the Firth of Forth you are made well aware of the oil industry and the heritage of shale mining, which dates back to the nineteenth century when Burntisland and The Binn became prosperous for its paraffin; thus saving the whale from annihilation.

We floated over a few famous protected shipwrecks including Blessing, Charles 1st’s ferry which is allegedly still full of many of his possessions; and the Cunard HMS Campania. 

DSCN4543.JPGThe view of the three bridges including the new Queensferry Crossing is awesome from below. Last time we did this trip the 21st century bridge was still under construction but yesterday the light of the sun caught its sails in all its glory.

Back on shore you have many places to chose to eat including Hawes Inn of Robert Louis Stevenson Fame, Harry Ramsden Fish and Chips, the biker’s cafe or The Railbridge Bistro, complete with model railway.

Yesterday our friends were too replete on breakfast and so we didn’t stop, but we have enjoyed all of the above places in the past and The Hawes Inn does a delicious Sunday Roast.

As we floated along we listened to the interesting commentary but we were able to add a personal touch as we shared our thoughts of the different places along the Fife Coast with our friends, all familiar scenes to us now.



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