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Wondering where to stay in South Queensferry? This guide details accommodation ranging from small, family-run B&Bs to South Queensferry hotels with restaurants and views of the striking Forth Bridges.
South Queensferry is a busy harbour town on the outskirts of Edinburgh offering cruises on the River Forth, brunch spots in cute cafes and viewpoints for you to eat a Scottish chippy at!
While most visitors only spend a day in South Queensferry, staying overnight is the ideal way to experience the sea air without the crowds or revving motorbikes which tour through the cobbled main street.
South Queensferry is just over the water from the Kingdom of Fife making it the perfect stopover on the way to Dundee, Aberdeen and the Cairngorms or the Scottish Highlands.
Alternatively, use it as a base – explore the capital city of Edinburgh and other towns then return each night to a comfortable bed in a calm town.
You may also like our guide – things to do in South Queensferry.
Places to Stay in South Queensferry
Accommodation in South Queensferry comes in all shapes and sizes.
With bed and breakfasts, rental properties and hotels, there is something that will suit everyone’s budget and taste.
Bed and Breakfasts in South Queensferry
Bed and Breakfasts, or B&Bs as we refer to them in Scotland, are private homes with hosts who rent out bedrooms and provide breakfast in the morning.
Some hosts will be onsite to chat, others will be there if you need them.
Staying in a B&B is a Scotland bucket list item every visitor should do at least once.
It’s a cultural stay and a big part of Scottish tourism which our wee country is known very positively for.
If this is your first time visiting Edinburgh check out our planning guide.
Let’s now discuss the South Queensferry B&Bs available.
The Queens For a Stylish Room in Historic House
The Queens (8 The Loan) is a boutique B&B which blends Scottish and Australian hospitality as your hosts, Judith and Angela, are a Scots/Aussie couple.
The 1830’s gothic build, with many of its original features, is only a 5 minutes walk from South Queensferry High Street and 12 minutes walk to Hawes Pier.
There are four rooms on the first floor to choose from, the Queen Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria and the Mary Queen of Scots, all aptly named after Scottish queens.
The Queen Margaret is the largest of the four rooms.
It has a king sized bed (or can be made into a twin room), ensuite, desk, TV with Freeview channels and a kettle for refreshments.
The Queen Elizabeth II has all the features of the Margaret aside from a desk.
The Victoria has a double bed and ensuite facilities and the Mary Queen of Scots is the B&B’s single bed with ensuite.
Breakfast is served on the ground floor.
There is no parking onsite but you can drop your luggage off to avoid you wheeling it to the B&B from the free parking at Port Edgar or Haws Pier.
The hosts and their elusive cat Babaganoush, endeavour to provide a sustainable stay.
They won gold in the Green Tourism awards which is testament to their commitment.
Hat tip to these queens.
Reviews suggest that when you stay at The Queens B&B, it’s like staying with pals.
Parkhead House For Outlander Tours & Nature
Parkhead House (Abercorn Road Hopetoun) is set on the edge of an idyllic deer park on the Hopetoun Estate and is a former gamekeeper’s house.
Hopetoun House is one of the must-see places in our things to do guide for the area.
The cottage has two floors with separate suites.
The Iona Suite is located on the ground floor which is accesible.
It is a one-bed twin suite which can be made up as a double bed if requested.
It overlooks the back garden which is often frequented by the local deer!
The room joins on to an easy access ensuite bathroom, no stairs required.
This suite also has a comfortable sitting room with a real fire and dining table where you eat your complimentary continental and cooked breakfast.
The first floor suite is called the Harris Suite and is reached by an internal staircase.
This floor has 2-bedrooms.
The ensuite is attached to the bedroom and it features a roll top bath with views of the garden.
Picture yourself with a glass of red soaking in the bubbles looking out to the countryside.
The Harris Suite also has a bright twin suite with separate bathroom and shower attachment.
As with the Iona Suite, the Harris has a private living room with dinning table.
Parking is free and cars can park just outside of the cottage.
Up to two well behaved dogs can stay and take advantage of the surrounding woodlands walks.
Your hosts, James and Angela, not only provide a comfortable stay, they can also take you on a tour of the local Outlander locations!
Parkhead House is another award-winning B&B in South Queensferry.
Rooms At Ravenous Beastie For a Room with a View
The Ravenous Beastie (15 West Terrace) is not just a cafe with an epic name, it is also a South Queensferry B&B with four bedrooms.
This 200 year old building offers stylish rooms, some with view over the Firth of Forth and the UNESCO Forth Bridge.
Each room includes an ensuite bathroom, flat-screen TV and free WiFi.
For the room with the view book the Grand Room.
Guests highly rate the breakfast menu which includes bluberry pancakes and a full Scottish breakfast.
It also caters for dietary requirements and includes vegan options.
Since the Ravenous Beastie is set on the cobbled High Street, you won’t need to go far to enjoy the sights and sounds of South Queensferry.
Turn right and you are a 5 minutes walk from Hawes Pier were the Forth cruises launch from.
Turn left and a 5 minute wander will take you to Port Edgar where you can dine at Scotts next to the Queensferry Crossing.
Both areas offer free parking.
Self Catering in South Queensferry
Another option for travellers is self-catering where you hire a cottage, flat (apartment) or house and use this as a base for your Scotland explorations.
Self-catering means you have limited contact with the host and the whole property to yourself.
This means you can cook in the kitchen and eat around a dining table in private.
Forth Reflections Self Catering
Forth Reflections (5 Stoneycroft Road) is a self-contained one-bed apartment located in a Victorian building.
Guests rave about the views from this flat which is situated over two floors.
The property has a well-equipped kitchen, with a lovely window seat, so you have the freedom to cook and enjoy meals at home in your own time.
There is a large supermarket (grocery store) in South Queensferry as well as small independent shops you can purchase groceries from.
The flat also includes a bedroom (double bed), separate living room with a sofa bed, TV, dining table and a small bathroom with a shower and toilet.
The property is owned by the Bark family who live below.
Hawes Pier is seconds away and the High Street is just a 7 minute walk from the apartment so you it is pretty central to South Queensferry attractions and the Dalmeny Estate Loop hike.
Crawsteps Holiday Apartment For 3 Bedrooms & Bridge View
Crawsteps (Flat 2 36 High Street) is a historic listed building in the centre of the town.
One of the bigger apartments in South Queensferry, Crawsteps offers three bedrooms and a large kitchen area with a dining table that seats eight people.
You can enjoy stunning views of the Forth and towards Fife and even a beautiful Scottish sunset!
The Shore For a Home From Home Stay
The Shore (11 Shore Road) is a newly refurbished house with private landscaped garden in South Queensferry.
The decor, furnishings and finishings in the house are to a high standard.
It has 3 bedrooms (one king, one twin, one single), modern kitchen / dining area, luxurious lounge area, family sized bathroom with separate walk in shower, large landscaped grounds and a bar area, ideal for entertaining.
With free parking, a lovely garden and a terrace, this looks like a nice spot to return home to relax at after a day of sightseeing.
Located the start of the High Street you are just seconds away from coffee take out, lunch spots and the Bridges.
Hotels in South Queensferry
South Queensferry also has bigger hotels with different types of rooms, meeting most budgets.
Two of the hotels are in town and the other two are on the outskirts.
All four have restaurants so you can dine and stay at the same place if time is limited!
Innkeeper’s Lodge aka Hawes Inn For a Hotel with a Pub
The Inn is steeped in literary history with Robert Louis Stevenson having penned part of his novel ‘Kidnapped’ here.
Some of his work can be found in the rooms.
The hotel has 14 characterful rooms with most overlooking the river and bridges.
The rooms are basic and a little aged but that’s the charm and if you book a front room with ‘river view’ you can watch the sunset and boats bob about the water under the bridge.
Below the hotel is a popular pub and restaurant called the Hawes Inn.
It has tartan decor, a fire and is dog-friendly.
The menu includes pub food favourites like lasagne, steak pie and fish and chips.
On a Sunday there is an extensive roast menu.
To the back of the hotel is free parking and a beer garden with umbrellas.
For good value accommodation, this is a great place to book.
Orocco Pier For an Upmarket Hotel
Walking along the cobbled High Street the outside of Orocco Pier (17 High Street) belies the inside of this hotel.
This hotel/restaurant was really one of the first to embrace its vista, way before social media and phone lenses had people demanding a table with a view.
Orroco Pier has five types of rooms and a serviced apartment which is less than 10 minutes walk from the main hotel.
You can choose between the double, executive, double with sea views, or the executive sea view.
All rooms have en-suites, luxury toiletries and include breakfast.
Downstairs, Samphire Seafood Bar & Grill serves smalls plates of haggis or crispy brie, mains including their speciality steak and seafood platters and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding.
For more relaxed dining and drinks check out Antico Café Bar.
Or dine outside, if you can get a seat!
The Dakota For City Vibes in the Suburbs
The Dakota (Ferrymuir Retail Park) is a bold, upmarket UK hotel chain popular with couples.
Looking like a huge black glass box from the outside, it leaves you wondering what it is like inside.
Expect muted lighting and a tranquil atmosphere at this 4-star hotel.
Rooms are decorated with dark wood panelling and exposed red brick, NYC loft vibes.
Bathrooms have monsoon showers and luxury toiletries.
Guests have use of the hotel fitness suite.
The Dakota Bar services drinks, cocktails, coffee and afternoon teas.
The Dakota Grill prides itself on its steak but there are also other items on the menu such as oysters and pasta.
In addition to this, there is a vegetarian, vegan and kids menu.
The Dakota is a 5 minute taxi ride or a 15 minute walk from South Queensferry High Street however, most guests stay in the hotel, dining at the grill and enjoying the room.
DoubleTree by Hilton for Queensferry Crossing Views
Just across the Queensferry Bridge and towards North Queensferry is the DoubleTree by Hilton (St Margaret’s Head).
This hotel provides unrivalled panoramic views across the Forth and the three bridges that span the river with the restaurant, The Shore, overlooking the Queensferry Crossing.
Guests can choose from a mix of junior, king and deluxe bedrooms all of which have modern decor, TVs, tea and coffee facilities and a mini-fridge.
There are 147 rooms and four suites in total.
The DoubleTree is a popular conference and wedding location featuring eight stylish function spaces.
Free parking is located at the front of the hotel.
This is a busy car park with locals using it to park up their cars before walking across the Forth Road Bridge.
Getting to South Queensferry
Just 10 miles from Edinburgh City Centre, the town is easily accessed by road or train.
You can be there in 30 minutes if you are going by car or around 20 minutes if you are taking the train.
If you are coming from Glasgow by road, South Queensferry is just off the main M8 road into Edinburgh and the journey takes around an hour depending on traffic.