A couple of weekends ago we went down to Dalmeny, South Queensferry, for our friends’ wedding. We headed down on the Friday afternoon, and stayed in the main part of the village, which overlooks the Firth of Forth.
Forth Road Bridge
Forth Rail Bridge
The main high street lies between the two bridges.
Cute sculpture on the pedestrian path.
Dalmeny features in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, as does the Hawes Inn. It’s also said that he wrote part of Kidnapped at the inn itself. So of course we had to stay there.
It was a lovely place, full of character, and served great food. Our room was called Limekilns (another place that gets a mention in Kidnapped), and had a great view of the rail bridge.
It really is stunning at night.
I’d only ever read a ‘pocket classics’ abridged version of Kidnapped when I was little, so when I knew we were staying at the Hawes Inn I was inspired to read the full version. I had it as an e-book on my phone and was halfway through when we were in Dalmeny, so I was pretty thrilled when I opened up the table drawer! That night I continued my story with a well thumbed real book.
The next day we headed off to the wedding in Dalmeny Kirk, a lovely wee kirk dating from the 12th Century.
We left Dalmeny for the reception in Livingston. The tables were named after biscuits (which are very close to the groom’s heart; probably second only to his bride), and we were on Jammie Dodgers – the best one of course.
Tea(cup candles) and biscuits.
It was a lovely spring wedding, and we’re so very pleased for Sam and Joules.