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The Firth of Forth in the South East of Scotland has three remarkable bridges, of world class design, construction and scale. The three of them are fairly close together and all three can be seen at once.

This first one here is the Forth Rail Bridge, the oldest of the three, which was opened in 1890, and is now world famous and a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This Bridge has featured in Hollywood movies including Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.

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Inchcolm Island, on the Firth of Forth, can be seen in the above photo. It’s a popular spot for visitors, with its ancient Augustine Abbey. A boat trip to the island treats visitors to a journey under all three bridges.

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Three bridges can be seen in the above photo.

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The Forth Road Bridge, a suspension bridge, which was opened to traffic on 4 September 1964.  At the time of its construction, it was the fourth longest bridge of its kind in the world and it was also the longest outside of the USA.

The Forth Road Bridge is now exclusively used by pedestrians, cyclists, emergency services and public transport, since the third bridge was opened.

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This third bridge is known as the Queensferry Crossing. Traffic congestion dictated the need for another road bridge across the Forth. This latest and very modern bridge is a three tower cable stayed bridge opened in 2017. It is 1.7 miles long.

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3 thoughts on “THE FORTH BRIDGES

  1. I remember the first two bridges from my visit to Fife in 1987. I got the benefit of each while there. They were quite impressive architecturally. And the Firth itself was beautiful, blue with whitecaps in my memory. Thanks for the refresher!

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      • one of my trips must have been over the rail bridge. I took the train from Kinghorn (I think) to Edinburgh, and then went to the Tattoo at the Castle right around sunset. Magnificent! BTW, my family on my mother’s side (Armstrong) is from Fife. My grandparents grew up in Dunfermline

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