Just over 10minutes on the train from Edinburgh brings you to South Queensferry and to the foot of the iconic bridges spanning the river. From here, take the ferry under the bridges and down the Firth, passing oil terminals and ancient castles as you go. The small island, graced by a ruined Abby, wartime watchers and a small museum is a delight. Visit in the spring for bird life as the island hosts a varied population of breeding gulls, but wait till autumn to full explore the island, as the gulls do not welcome visitors to the less well walked paths. The Abby is wonderfully presented and incredibly atmospheric, the resident warden ensures the area around the buildings complements the settings making it is a very special place to picnic. The resident grey seals are a delight and you really do have to remind yourself just how close the city is and what little effort was required to get there. How to improve this wee gem, a tea room perhaps, though I am happy to trade that for this stolen moment from history
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