4½ mile Shore Walk from South Queensferry to Cramond
is open all the year round. The walk is full of interest throughout,
with beautiful and ever changing views over the Forth to various
islands and the coastline of Fife.
Starting at South Queensferry the walk begins at the Hawes
Pier opposite the Hawes Inn which dates back to at least the
17th century and is noted for its connections with Robert
Louis Stevenson and his book Kidnapped. During the summer
there are boat trips to Inchcolm Island starting from the
The walk keeps to the shore line and heads past a white roofed
building on the left which was once a World War I gun emplacement
and then became a tearoom and is now an office. Half and mile
further on is Longcraig Pier. This is one of several piers
either side of the Forth which were used in connection with
the Ferry across the Forth. In the days of sailing boats the
pier used could be changed depending on the state of the tides.
Occasionally seals can be seen basking on the pier. From Longcraig
Pier the walk goes through the white gate beside the cottage
and continues through woodland. From a clearing on the left
the Hound Point Terminal can be seen. Here oil tankers from
all parts of the world stop to load up with oil from the North
Sea which has been refined at Grangemouth Refinery further
up the river, then stored at Dalmeny Tank Farm, near Dalmeny
Village, before onward transmission to the oil terminal at
Hound Point. About 800m beyond the clearing the track turns
sharply to the right. It is worth taking a detour onto Hound
Point headland, which, according to folklore, is haunted by
a dog owned by Sir Richard Mowbray who died on the Crusades.
The views from Hound Point are magnificent. There are numerous
points of interest including Inchcolm Island with its old
abbey and the Forth Bridge. Opposite the turning to Hound
Point and up the hill within the woodland are the remains
of World War I gun emplacements, part of the Forth naval defences.
From Hound Point the walk continues through woodland past
Fishery Cottage on the left which gains it name from the salmon
netting undertaken until the 1950s when declining stocks of
salmon made the operation uneconomic.