South Queensferry, Edinburgh
South Queensferry is a commuter town of some 10,000 people situated 10 miles to the North West of Edinburgh on the shore of the Firth of Forth. It is accessed by Queensferry Road and the A90.
The town is dominated by the huge structures of the Forth Road Bridge and the Forth Rail Bridge. Although it was a Royal Burgh of West Lothian for many years it is now under the jurisdiction of the City of Edinburgh. Ferries commonly operated between Queensferry (also known as South Queensferry) and North Queensferry across the Firth of Forth in Fife, until 1964.
During August, Queensferry holds its Ferry Fair with a float parade, crowning of a ferry queen, pipes and drums, and a procession of the curious Burry Man. Following ancient custom, a local man is covered head to foot in burrs and then makes his way painfully slowly through the town while children make a collection for him.
On New Year's Day, those brave enough and still standing after the Hogmanay celebrations of the night before, take to the icey cold water in the Loony Dook.
South Queensferry is near the Hopetoun House and Dalmeny House estates. Many buildings date back to the 15th Century, among them the Hawes Inn which was featured in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel Kidnapped.
The nearest railway station is at Dalmeny.