A historic World War I gun emplacement complex, reimagined as a quirky and colourful retreat that overlooks the iconic Forth Rail Bridge, with stunning across-the-water views to Edinburgh.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights


Secluded in the charming, ancient village of North Queensferry, The Armoury was once a World War I gun emplacement complex that afforded wide-ranging views across the Fife coast.

Now lovingly restored as a striking and colourful retreat, lucky guests can relax on the patio, or in the beautiful garden that showcases the iconic Forth Rail Bridge, and immerse their souls in intriguing history.

Sleeping up to four guests and one well-behaved dog, the relaxed open-plan accommodation is generously spread across the lower-ground floor.

Make your entrance via the aforementioned patio, straight into the vibrant industrial-style living, dining and kitchen space. Along with well-chosen art and chic accessories, here you’ll find plenty of quirky delights – including a large snooker table that doubles as a dining table! – and two squishy sofas to curl up on.

There’s a soft-glowing wood-burning stove to warm evenings spent catching up over drinks, or in front of the Freeview TV… your choice. The kitchen, meanwhile, comes equipped with all the gleaming holiday mod-cons you could want.

Sleeping and freshening up are both ridiculously easy here, with a cosy kingsize bedroom at one end of the living space, and an invigorating shower room at the other (there’s a small double sofa bed in the lounge for extra guests.)

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At a glance

  • A former World War I gun emplacement complex, lovingly restored as a chic and colourful retreat for up to 4 guests.
  • The retreat enjoys an elevated position in the ancient village of North Queensferry, with spectacular views to Edinburgh across the Fife coast.
  • Accommodation is generously spaced across the lower-ground floor, with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, a kingsize bedroom, and a shower room.
  • There is a large al fresco patio to relax on, and a garden area that overlooks the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.
  • Walk or drive along the Fife Coastal Path, or head into Dunfermline or Edinburgh for culture, restaurants and shopping.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Seaside Breaks


All lower-ground floor accommodation, access down 10 steps via patio. Open-plan living space with wood-burner, sofas, Freeview TV, Wi-Fi, small double sofa bed, dining area with snooker/dining table and chairs, well-equipped kitchen. Kingsize bedroom. Shower room with cubicle and WC, towels provided. Garden area with seating, on-site car parking.

Local Activities

Coastal walks, cycling, picnic spots, nature-watching, castles, historic sites, beaches, shops, restaurants, nightlife.

More information

As you’re staying in a historic monument, you’ll find that part of The Armoury’s exterior is open for the public to view the old canon placement… in fact, your presence is sure to inspire a little envy!

Don’t worry if you’d rather get out and do some exploring of your own, though, as you’ll soon find plenty to capture your time – and your imaginations – in the local area.

If you’ve brought your canine companion with you, then why not start with a breezy coastal walk? North Queensferry forms part of the impossibly scenic and natureful Fife Coastal Path; one of Scotland’s designated Great Trails.

But if you don’t fancy walking the full 116 miles (it’ll take around a week if you do!), simply jump in the car and visit the many quaint fishing villages and castles you’ll discover dotted along the route.

You could also drive or take the train into Edinburgh, and enjoy the iconic city’s hustle and bustle. Dunfermline is also close by: home to – it is said – the buried heart of Robert the Bruce.

Wear yourselves out in the most unique and memorable ways, before hunkering down for another blissful evening in at The Armoury.

Things to note

Check in after 3pm, check out before 10am. One well-behaved dog is permitted to stay free of charge. Please note that as the retreat is a historic monument, some of the exterior is open to the public.

Where you'll be staying

North Queensferry, Fife

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