South Queensferry to Edinburgh

South Queensferry to Edinburgh

South Queensferry to Edinburgh
South Queensferry affords you superb views of both of Scotland's famous Forth bridges; be sure to get out at sunset (or dawn if you’re keen) to capture them at their best. From South Queensferry you start to enter the outskirts of the city, passing through the coastal Dalmeny estate. If you've time, why not visit the largest Napoleonic collection outside France in Dalmeny House before turning inland at Cramond to take on the capital and all of its delights.


Key things to note about this route section.

15.5 miles, 25 km
Average time to complete
7 hours' walking, 3 hours' cycling

Path Quality

From South Queensferry to the city you're largely using estate tracks, quiet pavements, paths and the Union Canal towpath. Cyclists should note that there is a large, but negotiable, flight of steps, where the Water of Leith walkway joins the Union Canal. A wooden ramp at the side of the steps helps with pushing bikes up and down. Alternatively, cyclists may wish to follow the signed short cycle braid to avoid the ramp. From the canal basin there are some Edinburgh streets to negotiate before you reach the sanctuary of the meadows.

Public toilets can be found at Hawes Pier, South Queensferry High Street and Cramond village.


Saughton Park diversion

A short diversion is in place due to the redevelopment restoration of Saughton Park in Edinburgh. Construction work is expected to run from August 2017 until September 2018. Diversions have been put in place for pedestrians and cyclists via Stevenson Drive and Balgreen Road.

Further details

Soughton Park Facebook


South Queensferry's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.


South Queensferry's Hotel and B&B Accommodation