May 24th Sunderland Marina to Port Edgar Marina (Edinburgh)

Start Me Up, ready for the exit

It seems strange to think that as we left Sunderland the next (planned) English port of call was to be Padstow, Cornwall, just 1200 miles away anti clockwise around Great Britain. 

Leaving Sunderland Marina

This leg was to take us up past the entrance to the River Tyne and Newcastle (further feelings of guilt for not visiting) up the wonderful Northumberland coastline past the Farne Islands including Holy Island (Lindisfarne), further on past Berwick upon Tweed and over the border into Scotland, eventually to arrive at the entrance to the Firth of Forth and the 26 mile run up to our marina Port Edgar which nestles between the new and old suspension bridges beyond the famous Forth Rail Bridge.

Souter Lighthouse, South Tynside
Entrance to the Tyne River
Tynemouth Castle & Priory
Bamburgh Castle
Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island
Scottish Coastline
More beautiful Scottish Coastline
Even more Scottish Coastline!
Tantallon Castle, North Berwick
Bass Island, North Berwick
North Berwick
Inchcolm Abbey, Inchcolm Island
Forth Bridge

What a magnificent structure that bridge is and it seems impossible that it was commenced in 1882 and was opened in March 1890 (Crossrail and HS2 please take note!!). Designed by English engineers it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We were allocated a berth by the very friendly Port Edgar berthing manager, we hosed down the boat and made our way up to the nearby and very attractive town of South Queensferry (cobbled streets etc) and got a table at the Boathouse Bistro. We had excellent Fish and Chips with a zesty white whilst enjoying an unbeatable view of the wonderful Forth Rail Bridge. 

This was an incident free passage, with as predicted weather/sea forecasts and sea states, where apart from a slightly bumpy stretch past the Holy Island everything went to plan.

Peterhead tomorrow.