I did this lovely walk a few weeks ago as part of my Kiltwalk training, its quite an easy walk from South Queensferry through the Dalmeny Estate to Cramond Brig. The path is track in parts and tarmac in others and of course with the added benefit of nice views. We parked just at Hawes Pier, though I would advise an early start, as on a nice day this area can get really busy!
Start Point: Hawes Pier, South Queensferry
Distance: 11 miles
Time: 3.75 hours (Inc. time for photo stops)
Difficulty: Easy, mostly flat with small inclines, paths can be a little muddy
The walk starts at Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, you walk under the Forth Rail Bridge and you will see a small road to your left which hugs the shoreline. After a short while you reach a pier and a little cottage, this is the Longridge Scout Water Adventure Centre, walk through the gate here and you have entered the Dalmeny Estate. The walk through the estate is rather pretty, with views out over the Forth to Fife, an oil platform and Inchcolm Island! There were a number of little beaches and plenty of snowdrops – spring is definitely in the air!
After a short while a Castle comes into view – this is not Dalmeny House – it is in fact Barnbougle Castle – the original residence of the Earl of Rosebery. It’s massive but would have appeared not to have been big enough for the Earl, who had Dalmeny House built as he needed a bit more space!
About another mile along the path the trees clear and it opens out into a 9 hole golf course and Dalmeny House itself, a massive mansion house with great views!
You continue along the path in front of the house and the golf course, always keeping the sea on your left. You are on the home straight to Cramond! Following the shore line, you will come across Eagle Rock – named so because there looks to be an eagle carved in the rock (you need to use your imagination for that!). Continuing on, you will eventually come to a junction, to the left takes you to Cramond Ferry. Sadly there is no ferry any longer over to Cramond Village, the only way to get there is to take the path straight ahead which will take you to Cramond Brig where you can enjoy some lunch at Miller and Carter Steakhouse! This is where we stopped, and turned back along the same path back to South Queensferry.
If you want to continue on to Cramond Village, cross the bridge and take a left at the bottom onto the River Almond Path, continue walking on down to Cramond village this will add approx. 2.6 miles onto the walk, if you are doing it as a loop.
Once back in South Queensferry there are plenty of places to enjoy a well deserved pot of tea and slice of cake! This is a great walk, easy to do and also part of the John Muir Way.