Three Bridges Bus and Boat Experience

Board your bus at Waverley Bridge in the heart of Edinburgh for a tour to South Queensferry, followed by a boat tour aboard one of Forth Boat Tours fleet of vessels.

Enjoy superb views of Edinburgh and Fife’s coastlines as well as the iconic Three Bridges; the Forth Road Bridge, The Forth Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing. Get your camera out and look for puffins and seals along the way!





Ticket Prices

Adult £22.00

Conc: £20.00

Child: (5-15) £11.00

Family: £54.00

(2 adults & up to 3 children)

Dog: £1


If you wish to go ashore at Inchcolm Island you need to purchase a Historic Scotland Inchcolm Island Landing Pass. These can be purchased online when you purchase your Three Bridges Bus and Boat Experience ticket.
Please note we only stop at Inchcolm on the final sailing of the day to collect passengers.
Access to Inchcolm Island is not suitable for wheelchair users.

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To land on Inchcolm Island you must have a valid landing pass. Simply add-on the pass when you purchase your Three Bridges Cruise ticket

Adult £6.00

Conc: £4.80

Child: (5-15) £3.60

Family: This ticket option is not available

 What’s Included:

  • Bus & Boat ticket
  • Observation lounge or outside decks
  • Fun day out with friends and family
  • Unrivalled views of the Three Bridges
  • Fantastic views of the Edinburgh skyline
  • Scone, preserve & cream on the last cruise of the day (excludes beverages)

Wildlife & the Sights

During your cruise look out for the marine wildlife including many seabirds, seals and watch out for the occasional porpoise. Binoculars are available to hire for a small, refundable deposit. Just ask a member of our crew.

Combine your Three Bridges Bus and Boat Cruise with a 1½ hour landing on Inchcolm Island. Explore the island’s historic Abbey – one of the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. The Island is also a haven for wildlife and is well-known for its wartime coastal defences.

For Your comfort

There is a café-bar serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and light snacks. Guests are welcome to enjoy the sea breeze and views from the outside decks, some of which have weatherproof seating. If the weather is less inviting, the heated observation lounge has fantastic views. A guided commentary means you won’t miss a thing wherever you sit. And, of course, you will get to see the three Forth bridges as you have never seen them before.

Points of Interest


Your cruise includes magnificent views of the new Queensferry Crossing, opened in September 2017, the bridge is 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles); at opening, it is the longest triple tower cable-stayed bridge in the world and is the tallest bridge in the UK. Standing alongside is the Forth Road Bridge and the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge.

The Iconic Forth Bridges


Almost six million seabirds nest on Scotland’s cliffs in summer. We are host to more than half of the world’s great skuas, almost half the world’s northern gannets and one third of the Max shearwaters. Scotland is also home to more than 10% of the European or Atlantic populations of seven other species.

Sea Birds

Whales, dolphins and porpoises

Scotland has twenty-three species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. During your sightseeing tour, you may be lucky to spot several species.


During your sightseeing cruise with Forth Boat Tours you will have the opportunity to view seals in their natural environment. There are more seals in Scotland than anywhere else in Europe. There are two types of seal in the Firth of Forth grey seals and harbour seals. We have more than a third of the world’s grey seal population, and more than half of the European population. We have around 5% of the world population of harbour seals (also known as common seals) and about a third of the European sub-population.

Scottish Wildlife

Set sail for a very special island in the Firth of Forth – home to the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. Originally a priory founded by David I, the abbey saw conflict as well as calm.

The island is also famed for its seals and other wildlife, and its coastal defences from the two World Wars. These were put in place to protect Rosyth naval base, the Forth Bridge and Edinburgh.

What to see and do

  • Take in the abbey’s dramatic location – best seen from the boat as it docks at the island
  • Get a sense of monastic life as you wander round the remarkably complete cloister
  • Seek out the rare medieval fresco – the wall painting dates from the 13th century
  • Look inside the bell tower for the stone screens, rare survivals of medieval church fixtures

Inchcolm Island & Abbey