Local businesses are set for a boost in South Queensferry as the local community have plans to revitalize the tourism industry. Now a £8000 grant has been received from the Scottish Government for the creation of a Tourist Information and Visitor Centre.
The money will also be used by Queensferry Ambition, representing 185 local businesses in the Queensferry area, to finance public consultations for the proposed changes to the historic town. The plan is to create more visibility and accessibility for sites such as the Binks, better parking and better signage.
Forth Rail Bridge World Heritage
This will be necessary because the Forth Rail Bridge is on the verge of being granted possible World Heritage. Also in 2016 the new Queensferry Crossing will open. This will all boost local businesses and tourism in the town.
The Binks is where the town of Queensferry got its name. Here nearly 1000 years ago Queen Margaret would use this spot for the Queens ferry to Fife for the pilgrimage north. At present there is not much in the town promoting the historic links to the past.
The town is looking forward to an increase in visitors to the town over the next few years and the last thing that the locals want is for the thousands of motorists driving over the Queensferry Crossing to just see the town from the bridge.
The Burryman of Queensferry
There are also proposals to renovate The Queensferry Museum. This is a fascinating look into the historic life of the town. There are exhibits of the construction of the Forth Bridges as well as information about the local wildlife and traditions. One highlight is the Burry Man, who makes his appearance once a year at the Ferry Fair.