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An Historic Scotland Category C(S) Listed Building

Situated at the Eastern edge of the old boundary of South Queensferry, Scotland, this late 18th century former hotel, now the Bella Vista Italian restaurant was for many years the Seals Craig Hotel and restaurant.

The Bella Vista is an Historic Scotland Category C(S) Listed Building (HB Number 40362).

Formerly in the county of West Lothian, South Queensferry lies on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, 10 miles (16 km) west of Edinburgh. It has been an important crossing at least since 1071 when Malcolm III granted free passage at the ‘Queens Ferry’ for pilgrims on their way to St Andrews Cathedral. A ferry service operated until 1964, the year the Forth Road Bridge was opened.

South Queensferry was created a burgh of regality in the 13th century and made a Royal Burgh in 1636. It traded actively with Europe in the 17th century. Buildings dating from this period include Laburnum House-, the Hawes Inn, the Tolbooth Tower, the Black Castle, the Old Parish Church and Plewlands House. St Mary’s Episcopal Church (the Old Parish Church), dating from 1441, was a monastery and hospice before the Reformation. The Hawes Inn features in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel ‘Kidnapped’.

Today, South Queensferry is a dormitory settlement for Edinburgh, a yachting centre and has a large oil storage facility.

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
Handheld

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  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Great looking building and capture Tom

  • Thank you dear Trudi …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Don Alexander Lumsden (Echo7)
    Don Alexander ...over 3 years ago

    Great view Tom. Know this building well. I shoot them bridges just past this one. =D. Well taken with the road guiding the eye in

  • Thank you Don, I often take shots from the wall which starts just at the other side of the building …

    – Tom Gomez

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Just beautiful! Awesome capture!

  • Thank you kindly James, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...over 3 years ago

    What an interesting looking building – at least it is still in the public ‘domain’. Love to read the history, thanks for sharing

  • Thank you so much Odille, it is a very striking building, it really stands out from its neighbours …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Fascinating building, Tom. Super shot.

  • Cheers David …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    beautiful capture!!!

  • Thank you dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • samsalt1
    samsalt1over 3 years ago

    Nicely composed , captured and edited Tom, it has a lovely fresh air feel to it.

  • Cheers Sam, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneover 3 years ago

    Great shot Tom

  • Thank you so much Peter …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Wonderful old building, well caught! How’s the food at Bella Vista??

  • Thank you dear Sheila. Actually, I do not know, we have never had a meal in there since it became the Bella Vista. When it was the Seals Craig, we used to eat in there quite often. The food was always good and the views from the dining room (upstairs) were spectacular …

    – Tom Gomez

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