Cruising from Rosyth-Edinburgh
Port of Rosyth, Ferry Terminal, Port of Rosyth, Dunfermline, KY11 2XP
The sleepy town of Rosyth on the northern bank of the vast Firth of Forth estuary serves as Edinburgh’s second cruise port. The morning is reserved for disembarking passengers and the afternoon for those embarking, with room for 250 passengers to be seated in the waiting room.
Cruise lines and destinations from Rosyth
The main cruise line most commonly offering itineraries in Rosyth cruise port is Fred Olsen, mostly during the summer peak months
A majority of sailings from Rosyth are to the wider British Isles such as the Hebrides, Dublin and English coastal cities. In addition, many other cruise itineraries head to Northern Europe to visit France and Belgium, the Scandinavian Fjords and the Baltic, as well as Iceland and the Faroe Isles.
- British Isles: Oban, Invergordon, Sky, Mull, Edinburgh
- Northern Europe: Iceland, the Faeroes and Norwegian Fjords
- Baltic: Copenhagen, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Berlin
Getting to Rosyth-Edinburgh Cruise Terminal
There are no public train or bus transport links to Rosyth cruise terminal itself so passengers have to either get a coach, taxi transfer or drive themselves.
From Glasgow and the west, you can head northeast crossing over the Kincardine Bridge and then head directly eastwards on the A985 towards Rosyth. Alternatively, you can take the M18 motorway towards Edinburgh and cross the Queensferry crossing bridge as if approaching from the south. If approaching from the north, take the M90 motorway from Perth. The approach is well signposted from all directions and the Sat Nav code is KY11 2XP.
Parking is limited but there is a good drop-off service for unloading passengers and luggage. The roads are well connected and the terminal clearly signposted. As a relatively small port, parking spaces are limited and must be reserved well in advance with your booking.
By Public Transport
The closest train station to Rosyth is Inverkeithing which requires a 10-minute taxi to the dock. Some cruise lines provide a shuttle service from here. Inverkeithing is only 25 minutes by train from Edinburgh Waverly station with trains departing approximately every ten minutes. Edinburgh is the closest airport and well connected throughout Europe. Rosyth Cruise Terminal is only 30 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and 40 from the city centre.
Rosyth-Edinburgh Cruise Terminal Facilities
The terminal building has toilets, seating for 250 guests and phones, Wi-Fi but no bureau de change, restaurant or atm. If you want to find a large supermarket or dining options, Dunfermline or Edinburgh is better before heading on your way to the port.
There is no left luggage facility but there is not much in terms of tourism around the terminal- it would be recommended to stay and tour Edinburgh and travel over the river in the morning.
There are a number of local hotels and BnBs in Rosyth and nearby Dunfermline priced between £60 and £80 per night. Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, you will find no shortage of hotel options around the city centre and train station.
Tourism: what to do around Rosyth
In Rosyth itself there is the local museum and ancient abbey to discover. Meanwhile, the view of the mighty Forth Bridge on the way over the estuary to the port from Edinburgh is not to be missed from your car window. For those wanting to stay in Edinburgh either side of their cruise, there is a wide variety of sites to see. From the Edinburgh comedy festival in July to the National Museum and the castle, Edinburgh is surely deserving of at least a couple of days stayover in its own right.
St Andrews is about an hour’s drive from Rosyth. here you can stroll along the scenic coastline explore the monastery ruins, play golf at one of the country’s finest golf courses and explore the quaint university town. Meanwhile, if you have a few days either side of your cruise, the highlands and lochs of northern Scotland are simply a must for some of the most awe-inspiring views in the world.
Tourist sites and places of interest in Edinburgh
|Edinburgh Castle||9.30am-5pm||Kids: £10 |
|National Museum of Scotland||10am-5pm||Free||History, science and art|
|The Writer's Museum||10am-5pm||Free||Celebrated Scottish Writers|
|Edinburgh Zoo||10am-5pm||Kids: £9.95 |
|Exotic animals up close|
|Arthur's Seat||24-hours||Free||Hill with a famous view|