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 Seabird RIB (c) Miles Hand McCready (19)

Thrill seekers in search of an exhilarating way to soak up Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife views this summer can take to the seas at high speed with an altogether different sightseeing cruise.

 The sister company of Maid of the Forth, the family-run sightseeing cruise on the Firth of Forth, will be putting on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) this Friday [4 August] and offering an exclusive Seafari excursion, running from South Queensferry at 12pm.

 The excursion will offer adventurers a one-hour high speed trip around the bridges and islands of South Queensferry. Passengers will get up close under the iconic Three Bridges, soaking up the construction and engineering marvels that are the Queensferry Crossing, Victorian Forth Road Bridge and the Forth Rail Bridge.

 From there, the RIB will sail around Inchgarvie before heading off downriver at a cruising speed of 25 knots to see the Island of Inchmickery with its colony of common seals and nesting seabirds such as puffins, cormorants, shags, kittiwakes, arctic terns and gulls.  From there, Inchcolm is next with its famed Abbey and the opportunity to spot more marine life such as grey seals, porpoises, dolphins and even the occasional Minke whale.

 The cruise costs £25 for adults, £19 children (ages 8 plus). Please note that this trip is not suitable for persons with mobility or back issues or expectant mothers. Waterproof tops and trousers are provided as are life jackets for safety and comfort. To book call 0131 331 5000 or visit

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