BRIDGES IN FOCUS
BRIDGES OF SCOTLAND THREE BRIDGES – THREE CENTURIES – ONE LOCATION With the recent opening of the new Queensferry Crossing at the First of Forth, Scotland is the only location where there are three bridges, spanning three centuries in one location. As well as celebrating the new bridge, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to have a look at some of Scotland’s most iconic bridges – you may be surprised at how many are instantly recognisable. Thanks to VisitScotland for providing the details. Three bridges built in three different centuries, the iconic Forth bridges are must-see sites in Scotland. Spanning the Firth of Forth side by side, the bridges link Edinburgh and The Lothians to the Kingdom of Fife, and the national tourism organisation believes the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing, which stands alongside the Forth Road Bridge and iconic Forth Bridge, could see the area emulate the success of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sydney’s Harbour Bridge and Tower Bridge in London - all of which regularly attract millions of visitors every year. As the world’s longest three-tower cable stayed bridge, the Queensferry Crossing is a feat of modern engineering. It will make it easier for visitors to travel across the east of the country, to discover attractions such as Dunfermline Abbey, Hopetoun House, Blackness Castle, Aberdour Castle, Deep Sea World and Inchcolm Abbey. The three bridges are: • Queensferry Crossing – to the west, the Queensferry Crossing opened to traffic on 30 August 2017, becoming the Firth of Forth’s newest road bridge. It was officially opened by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on 4 September. • Forth Road Bridge – in the middle, the Forth Road Bridge was opened in 1964
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Famous around the world thanks to Harry Potter, the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct carries the railway 100ft above the River Finnan.
and stretches 2.5 km. It’s the only one of the three bridges you can walk or cycle across. • Forth Bridge – to the east, the famous Forth Bridge was opened in 1890. As well as being a working rail bridge it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. VisitScotland has just released new content on its website, highlighting the best locations for the perfect viewpoint or selfie of the three bridges. Visit: www. visitscotland.com/blog/attractions/forthbridges-view-points Whether it’s for their beauty, grandeur or breathtaking engineering prowess, Scotland’s bridges each have their own story to tell. Some of Scotland’s most recognisable structures include:
Forth Bridge It now enjoys the same prestigious status as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China, having earned its UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2015. Designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, the Forth Bridge remains an important symbol of Britain’s transport heritage and Scotland’s engineering pedigree. Its distinctive style makes it one of the most recognisable structures in the world, inspiring artists, photographers and filmmakers. Last year it was also chosen as Scotland’s greatest manmade wonder. BELOW: The new Queensferry Crossing bridge (on the right) over the Firth of Forth with the older Forth Road bridge (on the left) and with the iconic Forth Rail Bridge in the far left.
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