The bus stop was midway between the Forth Bridges - the 1964 Road (suspension) Bridge and the 1890 Railroad Bridge. It was a nice walk through the old town area, and I made frequent stops to photograph the bridges and water birds.
The Maid of the Forth leaves from the foot of the railroad bridge. I was plenty early, so I had a lunch of smoked sausage and chips at a takeaway on the pier. The food was good, though I was surprised when the sausage came without a bun. While waiting, I visited some gift shops, including a small booth in the Life Boat Station.
The half hour ferry ride goes to Inchcolm Island (£13 return in 2005). In the summer it runs three times a day. Other than private boat, it is the only way to visit the island. No dolphins or whales were spotted on the trip, but we did see several seals laying in the sun and swimming around a small island along the way.
copyright 2005-2009 by Keith Stokes.