Historic Fife hotel in shadow of Forth Rail Bridge to be turned into flats

A 200-year old hotel which sits in the shadow of the Forth Rail Bridge is to be turned into flats.

Plans to transform the closed, historic Albert Hotel in North Queensferry have been lodged with Fife Council.

SAAS Festival Inns, run by Edinburgh businessman Kenny Waugh, wants to turn the Category C-listed three storey building into four flats.

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The much-photographed Main Street property site in the centre of North Queensferry’s conservation area, and anyone moving in would have spectacular views of the Forth Rail Bridge World Heritage Site.

The former dining room at the Albert Hotel, North Queensferry, with spectacular views of the Forth Rail Bridge

The property was formerly a nine bedroom hotel, with a bar and restaurant.

The applicant says it is now unviable as a business.

It has been closed since 2017, and, last summer, workmen moved in to remove the bar and some of the existing floor and beams on the ground floor because of wood rot caused by damp.

In a supporting statement, architects for SAAS Festival Inns, said the development “provides a new lease of life to the existing listed building.”

Albert Hotel, North Queensferry

It added: “In refurbishing and restoring the property we will also protect it for the future, preventing further water ingress which has already caused damage to the ground floor timbers. In effect, allowing the conversion of this property will allow it to be safeguarded for future generations at the heart of North Queensferry.”

The building dates from 1824 and was once one of 13 hostelries in the village.

It pre-dates the construction of the rail bridge in 1890, and its name was changed to the Albert Hotel after the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1842.

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