Port Rosyth is rarely used as cruise port. Large-sized cruise ships usually anchor near South Queensferry from where their passengers are tendered to the port (pointed on the digital map).
The above photo shows the South Queensferry cruise ship anchorage area. South Queensferry (aka "The Ferry") is a small port town located approx 10 ml (16 km) to the northwest of Edinburgh city centre. The town is between Forth Railway Bridge and Forth Road Bridge. The prefix "South" is used to distinguish it from the town "North Queensferry". Both towns are named for the established by Queen Margaret (aka Margaret of Wessex, 1045-1093) ferry service between them. The service discontinued in 1964, when the Forth Road Bridge was inaugurated.
Port Rosyth is located across Forth railway Bridge, at approx 35-min drive distance from the city downtown. Rosyth is a ferry port visited by Blue Star Ferries.
The above photo shows the Rosyth Dockyard (part of the port). Rosyth Dockyard is a naval dockyard owned and operated by Babcock Marine. Before the company's privatisation in 1987, the large complex was named "Royal Naval Dockyard Rosyth" and operated as British Government-owned and contractor-managed facility. In 1997, Babcock International purchased the yard. Currently, this is the shipbuilding yard for UK's newest and largest aircraft carriers of the Queen Elizabeth-class.
In 2017, the Fred Olsen ship Black Watch offered a total of 8 cruises leaving roundtrip from Rosyth. Operated in the period August 14 through October 14, the roundtrip itineraries included 7-night Norwegian Fjords, 10-night Northern European cities, 16-night Canary Islands and Madeira. Also roundtrip from Rosyth, In 2017 the company offered (for the first time ever) 2 river cruises. The itineraries were themed "French Rivers" and "German Waterways".
Rosyth cruise terminal
Due to the lack of public transportation service at Port Rosyth, the available ways for cruise ship passengers are taxis (available at the passenger terminal building) and eventually shuttle bus service provided by the cruise line.
Most cruise ship operators offer shuttles to Edinburgh city centre. This service is at fee pp. The local bus operator (Cramond Coaches) provides an alternative shuttle transportation service to Edinburgh city downtown. Cramond Coaches staff will be waiting at the pier. Their buses go to Charlotte Square, from where passengers can catch the green bus (hop-on / hop-off) for the popular Edinburgh Tour.
The cruise line's bus shuttle offers a 25-min travel to Waterloo Place (one of the green bus' stops).
The Rosyth cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Rosyth, Scotland.
If you lose the Rosyth location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.