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Firth of Forth seabird cruises

Cruises run 6 June to 9 July 2015

  • Binoculars and telescopes for hire
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
Puffin with wings outstretched, about to land

Image: Chris Gomersall

We don't mind if we get a mouthful off other birds.

Life can be tough when you're a small bird - like us puffins - competing for fish among flocks of hungry guillemots and razorbills. That's why our colourful beaks aren't just there to look pretty.

With spines inside our beaks that can hold up to 60 sandeels at a time, we can hunt without dropping the fish we've already caught.

For your chance to see the best beaks in the business, join an RSPB boat tour on the beautiful Firth of Forth.

But be prepared for company – skuas, red-throated divers, seals and dolphins also patrol the seas here in search of food.

These cruises are extremely popular and places go quickly. To avoid disappointment booking is essential. The North Berwick cruise costs £20 for adults (£18 for RSPB members), and £12 for children (free for under-fives). The South Queensferry cruise costs £16 for adults (RSPB members £14) and £7 for children. Family tickets (two adults, two children) are £40.

When can you see us?

Choose one of four exciting trips.

North Berwick: Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 6 pm departure.

South Queensferry: Saturday, 6 June 2015, 9 am departure; Saturday, 27 June 2015, 6 pm departure; Thursday, 9 July 2015, 6 pm departure.

All cruises have full commentary, plus friendly staff and volunteers on hand to answer your questions and make sure you see plenty of wildlife. Please contact Maid of the Forth for further details (see below).

What's at the site?

A small bar on board will be selling hot and cold drinks, plus basic snacks. There are toilets on board the Maid of the Forth, and indoor and outdoor seating.

How to find us

The North Berwick cruise departs from North Berwick Harbour on the Seafari Explorer catamaran. You'll see Bass Rock, home to the world's largest colony of northern gannets.

South Queensferry cruises depart from Hawes pier, South Queensferry, on the Maid of the Forth, right below the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

Hawes Pier is directly opposite the famous Hawes Inn (featured in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped') in South Queensferry, to the west of Edinburgh in the shadow of the Forth Bridge.

Still got some questions?

Telephone: 0131 331 5000 to book your place or visit Maid of the Forth or Date with Nature.

This date has been brought to you in partnership with Marine Conservation Society, Viking Optical and the RSPB.

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