The Hawes Inn South Queensferry Edinburgh is one of the most visited historic buildings in the town. The history of the Hawes Inn goes back to the 17th Century when the building where the Hawes Inn is located was a coaching inn.
Today, the Hawes Inn South Queensferry is hotel owned by Vintage Inns that has a fine restaurant and accommodation in 14 rooms.
Hawes Inn South Queensferry History
The Hawes Inn is steeped in the history of South Queensferry. The Hawes Inn, address 7 Newhalls Road, at one time was an important change house for stagecoaches. Here coaches using the Newhalls Ferry would be serviced and changed.
The Hawes Inn sits under the impressive Forth Rail Bridge which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Another significant fact in the history of the Hawes Inn and South Queensferry is Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert Louis Stevenson stayed at the Hawes Inn (room nr. 13) in 1886 and set part of his famous novel ‘Kidnapped’ at the Hawes Inn. There is said to still be a pane of glass in the Hawes Inn with the initials ‘RLS’ scratched into the glass.
Another historical link that the Hawes Inn has with the history of Queensferry and Scotland is that it is in front of the pier where the ferry disembarked to Fife. This is the root of the name ‘Queensferry’.
Queen Margaret of Scotland established a ferry in the 11th Century for pilgrims heading to St Andrews.
Hawes Hotel Queensferry
What is the current Hawes Inn hotel in Queensferry like? The Hawes Inn is described as a country pub with rural character. The hotel serves pub food that is typical of establishments of a similar nature.
The Hawes Inn also serves some craft beers as well as having an extensive wine menu.
Rooms from the Hawes Inn have amazing views to the Firth of Forth and the Forth Rail Bridge. In fact, if the Hawes Inn inspired Robert Louis Stevenson, it will certainly inspire anyone staying in the quaint surroundings.
You can now take pleasure cruises to Inchcolm Island on the Maid of the Forth from the Hawes Pier. Also, passengers from the many cruise ships that come to South Queensferry arrive at the Hawes Promenade and either make their way to the Hawes Inn or get one of the service buses to visit Edinburgh.
The Hawes Inn South Queensferry Reviews
How do visitors to the Hawes Inn rate their experience there? Most visitors who stay at the Hawes Inn say that it is an excellent place to stay in South Queensferry. The views are spectacular with stunning vistas of the Forth Rail Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge, and the Queensferry Crossing.
Staying at the Hawes Inn is also a great choice if you want to explore Edinburgh (10 miles away) or head north to Fife and the Scottish Highlands.
It seems that reviews of the restaurant in the Hawes Inn South Queensferry are quite mixed. However, overall most people dining at the Hawes Inn rate the restaurant as very good and serve good quality gastropub-type food.
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