THE FORTH BRIDGES

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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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CHARLESTOWN, ITS LIMEKILNS etc.

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I visited Scotland last summer, where I visited friends in Charlestown, Fife,  but haven’t got round to showing these photos until now. Staying at home more due to the corona virus restrictions has finally motivated me to try to get it done.

Charlestown was a planned village created by Charles Bruce, the 5th Earl of Elgin in the 1750s.  The village cottages were built to house the workers operating the limekilns, intending to make the estate a major producer of lime for building purposes and fertiliser. Coal and limestone were resources already available on the estate. The lime industry was previously located in the neighbouring village called Limekilns.

Charlestown soon became one of the most important industrial centres in Scotland, served by a railway and harbour. It’s located on the coast of the Forth estuary, which flows into the North Sea on the East of Scotland.

But from the 1930s lime production diminished and the limekilns at Charlestown finally closed in 1956.  They quickly became derelict and neglected but work on their restoration began in about 1990 and today they represent an amazing bit of history and industrial architecture.

Here are my photos of those wonderful architectural old lime kilns at Charlestown.

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The harbour, now a rather sleepy place compared with it’s once hustle and bustle.

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An old type of houseboat, moored at the harbour.

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The old worker’s cottages on the Elgin estate, now desirable residences. The tiny stone cottages, with their spacious gardens, all appear to have extensions built now.  Most of them have fabulous gardens, some in the front and back.  I was so impressed with my friend’s garden, above. You couldn’t do that in many parts of West Kerry.

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The above rooftops and chimneys are of houses on the coast road, Charleston.

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A view of the Queensferry Bridge, with the evening sun illuminating the cables, one of three bridges over the Firth of Forth. Another bridge can be glimpsed in the background. I will show more of these bridges in another post.

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The area is amazingly colourful with flowers – wild and cultivated, everywhere. Above is a field of wild poppies, close to the village. I was amazed to see how much more flowerful the area is compared with back in West Kerry, and the foliage growth on the trees much more advanced, in spite of the more northerly latitude, and also on the cold North Sea. The windy Atlantic coast at home does seem to shorten our summer. They also get more sunshine in this part of Scotland than in West Kerry.

I have more Scotland to show. I hope to do so soon, now that more severe Corona Virus restrictions are keeping me at home.

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