Open to general traffic, subject to normal motorway restrictionsRoad User Guide
The EAST Footpath/Cycleway is closed due to essential Maintenance, please use the WEST Footpath/Cycleway.Access Restrictions
The Forth Road Bridge is a one-of-a-kind visitor experience, offering fabulous views of the Forth Bridge.
The Forth Bridge opened in 1890 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.
Standing 100m above the water, it is a feat of engineering. It is constructed of 53,000 tonnes of steel and 6.5 million rivets, each of which had to be driven in by hand. Can you imagine working suspended above the water in icy winds without any of the safety gear we have today?
The huge scale of The Forth Bridge meant that painting it became an everyday expression to describe a never-ending task. Nowadays, special glass-flake epoxy paint is applied. Completed in 2011, it is predicted to last 25 years. Despite advances in technology, each of the 6.5 million rivets must still be painted by hand! The famous Forth Bridge Red colour was specially formulated to emulate the original red oxide colour when the bridge first opened.
As you walk along the bridge, look out for the colourful love locks at the North and South Towers. These were attached in 2015 to raise funds for the RNLI and there are some nice inscriptions to read. Going back further, it was considered to be good luck to throw a penny out of the carriage window when travelling across the Forth Bridge. At low tide, the pennies could be found on the beaches. This provided hours of entertainment for local children!
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