Seeing Scotland's Sixth World Heritage Site, The Forth Bridge

Forth Bridge, United Kingdom
Scotland's Sixth World Heritage Site

Crossing the estuary of the River Forth, the imposing Forth Bridge, Scotland's sixth World Heritage Site, is one of the country's most recognized engineering marvels. After its opening in 1890, the structure became known as the world's eighth wonder. This prominent landmark appears in many books and postcards about Scotland.

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This marvel of Victorian engineering had the world's longest single cantilever bridge span when it opened; now, it is the world's second-longest, after Canada's Quebec Bridge. Along with the Forth Bridge, two other bridges cross the Firth of Forth: the 1964 Forth Road Bridge and the 2017 Queensferry Crossing.



I took a trip from Edinburgh to South Queensferry to see the Forth Bridge. Photographs make the structure appear impressive, but in reality, it looks even more incredible. Just wow! I'd say that the color red perfectly emphasizes its uniqueness. Every day, over 200 trains pass through the bridge; they appear to be attractive lifeforms from a distance.


Forth Bridge in Photos


Scotland's Sixth World Heritage Site
View of the Forth Bridge and Inchgarvie Island from South Queensferry

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The bridge's three double-cantilevers

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View of the bridge from the yacht marina

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A train on the bridge

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The Scottish flag

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The Forth Bridge and the town of South Queensferry as seen from the Forth Road Bridge


Forth Bridge's History & Design


Since the 12th century, people have crossed the water between North and South Queensferry. Unfortunately, ferries were weather dependent. The spot became one of Scotland's most vital transportation centers in the Victorian period.

Construction on a new bridge in Queensferry started in 1882 when railways began to spread throughout the United Kingdom. Construction work took seven years and ended in December 1889. On March 4, 1890, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, celebrated the opening ceremony of the Forth Bridge.

The Forth Bridge was the first steel-framed structure in the United Kingdom, and its chief engineers were Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker. Construction of the bridge required approximately 53000 tonnes (58422 US tons) of steel. There are no ornamental components because the emphasis was on the steel skeleton; the engineers adorned the Forth Bridge only with red paint.



How to Get to the Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge is about 13 km (8 mi) west of Edinburgh. It connects the town of South Queensferry and the village of North Queensferry on the Edinburgh-Aberdeen line.

Bus (lines x55, x58, x59, x60, x61): Edinburgh, Princes Street (Stop PD) – South Queensferry, Slip Road.
Bus (line x54): Dundee, Crichton Street (Stop 1) – North Queensferry, North Access.



Where to Stay in South Queensferry

Unsure of where to stay in South Queensferry? For my trips, I use Booking.com, a well-designed website that helps me find everything from small B&Bs to large hotel chains, vacation rentals, and homestays.




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