Submarine Miners > Royal Engineers

Posted on March 20th, 2020

Tuesday 5th May 2020

by Duncan McNiven & Boyd Williamson

Boyd will talk about the Submarine Miners who operated from Port Laing and “the Guv’y Pier” until 1906, when they were disbanded.

Duncan will take over at that point and talk about their reincarnation in 1906 as the City of Edinburgh (Fortress) Royal Engineers.


Posted on March 17th, 2020

The Exhibition in the Waiting Room at the Railway Station is currently open to the public.

Please remember that the virus can be spread by contact with contaminated hard surfaces such as door knobs. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands.

Nature Walk – May 2020

Posted on February 21st, 2020

Saturday 2nd May 2020

John Done will lead a guided walk exploring Carlingnose Nature ReserveCarlingnose Nature ReserveCarlingnose Nature Reserve

and the Fife Coastal Path

For visitors to the village, this walk will commence at the Railway Station at 10 a.m. (there are Toilets and Parking spaces at the Station).

John will lead participants done the Brae to the War Memorial to pick up local participants (sparing them the ascent of the Brae!).

The walk will continue from the War Memorial at 10.15 am.

When the Wind Blows

Posted on February 21st, 2020

Thursday 19th March 2020

by Stan Green, Growforth

Growforth or the Plant Market at Hillend is now well established as a quality supplier of plants and just as important advice which this talk gives a great opportunity to ask questions. Remember that members get a useful discount when shopping there!

The Rise and Fall of Dunfermline Linen

Posted on February 5th, 2020

by Hugh Walker

Hugh, an ex-HP research engineer has also turned into a talented historian.

His talk promises to be super interesting, particularly for the members and friends who love knitting, weaving and handcrafts.

Tuesday 18th February 2020; 7.30 pm; Railway Station

Steaming Forth . . .

Posted on January 3rd, 2020

. . . the joy of steam & The Forth Bridge.

To celebrate the 130th Anniversary of the iconic Forth Bridge – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – this exhibition shows a number of unique and seldom-seen photographs, with details, by renowned railway photographer John Clemmens.

Here is sneak preview of one of John’s images.

The exhibition will open daily from 6th January 2020 in the Gallery at the North Queensferry Station, Platform 1.

The street address is North Queensferry Station, Ferryhills Road, North Queensferry, KY11 1HE. Disabled access, parking and toilets are available.

Entrance is free, but donations appreciated!

Nature Walk Wednesday 19th June 2019

Posted on June 12th, 2019

John Done will lead a nature walk round West Bay and then the Coastal path on Wednesday 19th June.

This walk is in two parts – you can choose to join either or both parts of the walk.

Part 1 – John will set off from the War Memorial at 6.30 pm to check out West Bay.

Part 2 – He will then return to the War Memorial, before heading off at 7.00 pm to the Coastal path.

Membership 2019

Posted on March 17th, 2019

Membership subscription for 2019 is now due.

Your membership of the North Queensferry Heritage Trust is gratefully appreciated because it allows us to continue with our efforts in highlighting the rich heritage of North Queensferry. This is your annual notice for renewal of your membership.

The Trust must firstly apologise to all members for the delay in sending out this renewal form. As many of you will know, our administrator for the past few years accepted an excellent opportunity in Edinburgh and was compelled to resign her duties to the Trust. We remain grateful for her contributions through the past years.

However, this has also caused delay in a few items including an exciting events programme we are preparing. Our Honorary Secretary, Bruce Finlayson has now agreed to take on some of the previous administrator’s responsibilities and you can expect to hear from him more often in the future.

The Trust has three main responsibilities; the management of the Forth Bridge Heritage Centre at the Railway Station building; the Light Tower (both of which can be classified as visitor attractions) and the annual Village Show.

The Station

– the Trust’s policy is to keep the Gallery open as much as possible acting as a waiting room as well as having an exhibition constantly on display. A fully accessible Public Toilet facility is also kept open. Note that the Trust has also installed a defibrillator unit that is registered with the Police and Scottish Ambulance Service and is available 24/7 on the Edinburgh bound platform.

The Light Tower

on the Town Pier continues to be open as often as possible, subject to weather and now attracts over 10,000 visitors per year. It has also just undergone a comprehensive refurbishment and is now ready for visitors and “light the lamp” reservations.


– the much expanded website includes the previous light tower website. The new website includes information on the War Memorial and the stories associated with the listed names; our ‘Destination Forth-WW1’ exhibition – it is fully documented on the website under the label 1918. The website incorporates an easy to read layout with a great deal of other heritage information, including natural heritage from our very own John Done. The website will continue to grow, so do keep visiting and checking Facebook for more news.

We are always looking for more help with exhibitions and the light tower. Whether you can contribute time or skills, you would be made very welcome. If interested, do get in touch by email or via the website or Facebook.

Don’t forget, that as a member of the Trust you are offered an extra 10% discount over the retail volume discount of between 10 and 20%, from wholesale nursery Growforth (Plant Market), Hillend.

More information about the Trust and its work can be found on our website and Facebook pages. Both are regularly kept up-to-date.

Your support for the Trust and its activities provides a vital source of income that enables us to continue to highlight the rich heritage of the North Queensferry peninsula for today and generations to come. To continue your membership and help fund the Trust’s work please renew your membership at our on-line Shop

Yours Sincerely,

James Lawson – Chairman & Bruce Finlayson: Honorary Secretary

Family member ship is £12 and individual membership is £7

You can renew your membership at our on-line Shop

Nature Walk 5th January 2019

Posted on December 22nd, 2018

Blow away those cobwebs!

John Done will lead a Nature Walk round the local sites on Saturday 5th January 2019.

Please meet John at The Railway Station at 10.00 am.

(Please note this is a change of starting point – these walks used to start at the War Memorial.
Starting at the Railway Station means that you can be sheltered in the Waiting Room.)

Fleet Surrender Exhibition

Posted on November 20th, 2018

Our exhibition commemorating the Surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in the Forth on 21st November 1918 is currently open from 10 am to 4 pm in the Railway Station.

HMS Cardiff leading the German High Seas Fleet to surrender in the Firth of Forth, 21 November 1918.

More details about this event can be found HERE