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The Famous Bridges

The Forth Bridge is a famous Scottish landmark and World Heritage Site built in the 1800s to transport rail passengers across the Forth Estuary. The bridge connects the Lothians with Fife and beyond.

Its unique cantilever design and steel construction, designed by Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker, is a celebrated feat of modern technology. Its construction, which began in 1883, marked a major milestone in the development of railway civil engineering. It was the first major structure in Britain to be made of steel and its success led to continuous east coast railway between Aberdeen and London – connecting Scotland to the rest of the UK.

The red Rail Bridge is flanked by the Forth Road suspension bridge, which opened in 1964 and now carries 24 million vehicles across the Forth every year.

A third bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, opened in 2017. The new structure, covering 1.7 miles (2.7km), is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world.

One of the best ways to appreciate all three engineering marvels is to take a sightseeing trip on Maid of the Forth or Forth Belle which sails under the Forth Bridge and to Inchcolm Island, where a number of seabirds and other wildlife, such as seals and porpoises, can be spotted, before circumnavigating under and past the Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing.

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