Walks and gardens
A hidden gem of Himalayan horticulture – in Scotland! This famous garden was designed and first planted in the early 1920s by John and Dorothy Renton. The SW facing slope and sheltered position favours the cultivation of many Himalayan plants – no small feat in Scottish weather. Rhododendrons, Himalayan Blue Poppies and an array of Lilies thrive here. There are plants for sale, a gift shop and the elegant Branklyn Tea Room with home-made scones, teas and coffee.
9.2mi (18min) from Rosyth | 14.2mi (26min) from South Queensferry | 24.2mi (45min) from Leith | 24.0mi (44min) from Newhaven | 52.9mi (1hr 12min) from Dundee
Culross Palace, which dates from 1597, has been lovingly and sympathetically restored so you can imagine what it would have been like to live in splendour.
5.7mi (14min) from Rosyth | 0.5mi (2min) from South Queensferry | 12.0mi (26min) from Leith | 9.7mi (24min) from Newhaven | 47.8mi (1hr 3min) from Dundee
Ferry Glen is the area of land and woodland to the north of Station Road and south of the public pathway (formerly the railway track).
The Fife Coastal Path runs from the Forth Estuary and stretches north for 117 miles.The path is clearly marked and offers a range of walking experiences from flat and easy to wild and demanding.
Explore Floors Castle & Gardens, Built by leading architect William Adam in 1721, Floors Castle is Scotland’s largest inhabited Castle and home to the 10th Duke of Roxburghe. The Castle is filled with outstanding works of art, magnificent French furniture and the famous Belgian tapestries. The grand rooms offer superb views of the River Tweed and Cheviot Hills. The Walled Garden is a showpiece of seasonal colour and interest and features colourful themed borders, decorative shrubs, traditional glasshouses filled with delicious fruits and recent developments in the Garden include the dramatic oak framed fruit cage & new Tapestry Garden.
While you are in port at Queensferry, Rosyth or Edinburgh join us on a walking tour in the shadow of the Forth Bridge UNESCO World Heritage site. Let our guides inform and entertain you with tales of our magnificent bridges, ancient rituals, war time firsts, royal visitors and witchcraft!
Covering 850 Hectares of green space in Falkirk and Grangemouth, the Heix is a beautiful new visitor destination including the Kelpies, miles of scenic cycle paths, parkland with impressive lagoon and from 2014 waterside cafe and adventure playzone
Tour | www.thehelix.co.uk
31.5mi (51min) from Rosyth | 33.5mi (50min) from South Queensferry | 43.5mi (1hr 9min) from Leith | 42.5mi (1hr 3min) from Newhaven | 17.0mi (31min) from Dundee
An Edwardian mansion and mecca for golfers Hill of Tarvit was originally known as Wemyss Hall. In 1904, the new owner, Frederick Sharp, commissioned architect Robert Lorimer to transform the 17th-century house into a modern 20th-century mansion to display his amazing collection of fine art, porcelain and many other items. When the Sharp family moved into Hill of Tarvit, they had electricity, telephones connecting each room and central heating.
Cupar | 08444 932185 | www.nts.org.uk
8.3mi (21min) from Rosyth | 2.8mi (8min) from South Queensferry | 14.7mi (32min) from Leith | 13.8mi (33min) from Newhaven | 48.5mi (1hr 6min) from Dundee
Hopetoun House is a beautiful historic house dating from the 17th century and still lived in by Lord Hopetoun and his family.
South Queensferry | 0131 331 2451 | www.hopetoun.co.uk
Set in beautifully landscaped parkland overlooking the River Forth, this 17th-century laird’s house near Linlithgow has been the home of the Dalyell family for 400 years.
Tour | 08444 932127 | www.nts.org.uk
The John Muir Way is accessible to cruise passengers, as it passes the arrival points at Leith, Newhaven and South Queensferry. It is only a short distance from Rosyth.
The Spiritual Home of Scotch Whisky. For the whisky lover it is a pilgrimage. Lindores Abbey's has widely recognised links to the earliest reference to Scotch whisky. After 523 years you can again see single malt distillation happening once more. Lindores Abbey Distillery and visitor centre opened its doors in August 2017, heralding the revival of the site of the earliest written reference to Scotch whisky production and its vision for future preservation. The £10 million project boasts an innovative distillery, with three stills from Forsyths of Rothes within the still house; a centre celebrating the remarkable heritage of Lindores Abbey’s founding Tironensian monks via a stunning cloister exhibition and events space; and tours of the abbey ruins on the banks of the River Tay which were founded in 1192 by David Earl of Huntingdon on land given to him by his brother King William I and which have played host to generations of Scottish royalty – and even William Wallace.
The Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, Linlithgow Palace and Annet House Museum
Tour | www.linlithgow.com
28.5mi (45min) from Rosyth | 9.0mi (18min) from South Queensferry | 20.8mi (45min) from Leith | 19.8mi (38min) from Newhaven | 54.2mi (1hr 13min) from Dundee
Built and developed over two centuries by successive Stuart kings of Scotland, Linlithgow Palace was a comfortable and attractive retreat from affairs of state, conveniently placed between Stirling and Edinburgh. Both James V and his daughter Mary Queen of Scots were born here, overlooking the tranquil beauty of the loch and peel (park). This superb Renaissance residence allows a unique insight into the domestic life of Scottish royalty.
History is a damn good story. What it needs is a damn good telling! Our history and ghost tours take place every day in Edinburgh.
4.8mi (12min) from Rosyth | 8.7mi (17min) from South Queensferry | 18.6mi (36min) from Leith | 17.7mi (35min) from Newhaven | 42.6mi (1hr 2min) from Dundee
This 17th century mansion house is set in beautiful parkland and houses an accessible display called Magic of the Glen which celebrates the magic of the park and explains how the park came to be - a story involving fossils and furry creatures covering 350 million years.
Dunfermline | 01383 722935 | www.fife.gov.uk
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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, which celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2020, sits in 70 acres of beautiful landscape. The five star Garden, just one mile from the city centre, has 10 magnificent Glasshouses which are home to over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world. Garden entry is free, but admission fee to Glasshouses applies.
Edinburgh | +4413 12482901 | www.rbge.org.uk
Many Scottish gardens open to the public on specific days - please visit the website to find out more.
38.5mi (1hr 3min) from Rosyth | 40.5mi (1hr 2min) from South Queensferry | 50.5mi (1hr 21min) from Leith | 49.5mi (1hr 18min) from Newhaven | 14.4mi (27min) from Dundee
St Andrews Botanic Garden is a hidden gem which is well worth taking the time to discover.
Join an expert guide on a tour of the world's most famous golf course. Your tour will take place around the 1st, 17th and 18th holes of the Old Course where you will be able to walk in the footsteps of icons of the game and experience a player's eye view of the fabled links.
Tour | www.standrews.com
50.2mi (1hr 5min) from Rosyth | 46.3mi (58min) from South Queensferry | 30.7mi (47min) from Leith | 31.3mi (49min) from Newhaven | 92.3mi (1hr 53min) from Dundee
Tantallon is a formidable stronghold set atop the cliffs of the Firth of Forth. It was the seat of Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland. Come and explore this 4 star attraction.
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Teasses Estate is set in the Heart of Fife, ten miles in-land from Saint Andrews and fifty minutes from the centre of Edinburgh. The estate has undergone extensive renovation over the last twenty years, the owners, together with their family and staff have restored the 1,100 acre estate to the spectacular landscape and gardens you see today. Teasses boasts sixty acres of stunning and horticulturally interesting gardens. The wider estate is home to some of Scotland’s most secretive native fauna, such as the red squirrel and roe deer. The estate's hundreds of acres of organic pasture produces top quality beef and lamb.
45.3mi (1hr 8min) from Rosyth | 47.2mi (1hr 7min) from South Queensferry | 57.3mi (1hr 26min) from Leith | 57.1mi (1hr 23min) from Newhaven | 10.4mi (22min) from Dundee
Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve and Eden Estuary Local Nature Reserve are recognised internationally for their very special habitats and for the rich variety of plants, birds, insects and other animals which they support.
45.6mi (1hr 4min) from Rosyth | 41.7mi (56min) from South Queensferry | 27.8mi (47min) from Leith | 28.3mi (50min) from Newhaven | 87.7mi (1hr 49min) from Dundee
Thirlestane Castle nestles in the hills of the beautiful Scottish Borders just 35 minutes south of Edinburgh.
13.7mi (30min) from Rosyth | 8.7mi (23min) from South Queensferry | 6.0mi (21min) from Leith | 5.6mi (24min) from Newhaven | 55.8mi (1hr 18min) from Dundee
Only 5 minutes from the cruise terminal at Leith, you can start your exploration of the Water of Leith. Explore Edinburgh's history from the river that run's through it's heart. A four mile walk will take you to the city centre through a nature wonderland, and you can always get a bus or taxi back . Pick up a map or leaflet in the terminal.