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.

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 heading east may wish to follow the signed diversion to avoid pushing bikes up 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.



Key things to note about this route section.

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

Saughton Park diversion

A short diversion is in place due to the redevelopment restoration of Saughton Park in Edinburgh. Large areas of the park are closed during construction work which is expected to run from August 2017 until July 2018. 

The main east-west path through the park, which is part of the Water of Leith walkway and John Muir Way, is currently closed to allow major works to the path. Diversions have been put in place for pedestrians and cyclists via Stevenson Drive and Balgreen Road.

For updates on the progress of the park redevelopment and related diversions, see


Points of interest

Waverley Railway Station
Water of Leith Visitor Centre and Cafe
Come and find out more about the Water of Leith and enjoy some refreshments at the volunteer-run cafe, open 7 days a week from 10 until 4.
South Gyle Railway Station
Lauriston Castle
A beautiful 16th-century castle. You can view its furnished interior exactly as it was when it was left to the City of Edinburgh by its last private owner in 1926.
Haymarket Railway Station
Eagle Rock, Cramond
A much-defaced carving on natural rock said to represent an eagle.
Dalmeny Railway Station
Cramond Island
If you’re feeling adventurous, a short walk along the causeway from Cramond village will take you to this tidal island. Used as a defensive site for centuries, there are WWII military barracks and evidence of a Roman fort on the island. Be aware of tide times before setting out on your journey!
Craiglockart Hill Local Nature Reserve
Easter Craiglockhart Hill rises dramatically through cliff-faces and steeply wooded slopes to a plateau of rabbit-cropped turf, featuring views out over the Forth, the Trossachs, the Pentlands and East Lothian.
Corstorphine Hill Local Nature Reserve
Corstorphine Hill is only 531 feet (161 metres) high. However, from all angles it presents a long low wood-covered ridge, rising above the western suburbs of Edinburgh: Corstorphine, Blackhall Murrayfield and Balgreen.


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


South Queensferry's Hotel and B&B Accommodation