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Forth Bridges Trail

Forth Road Bridge North Tower

Trail stop

The iconic tower nearest to North Queensferry

Love Locks and Lucky Pennies

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!

Take in the Views

From here, you can enjoy views over North Queensferry, Fife, the iconic Forth Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing which opened in 2017.

Beyond, on a clear day, you can enjoy wider views of Fife and sometimes, even across to Berwick Law near Dunbar.

Look out for seals, porpoises and dolphins, terns, cormorants and even puffins. 

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Where Next on the Trail?

Depending on which route you are walking, the next stops are:
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Going North

North Queensferry and Fife

From here you can stop off at the Doubletree Hilton (on your left) for a coffee and views, catch a bus into Fife (or Edinburgh), go up the steps on the east side to the North Queensferry Community Complex and Railway Station, or go down the steps into the village of North Queensferry to see the Light Tower, Pierhead Museum, Deep Sea World, St James Chapel and the Forth Bridge Heritage Centre. You can also join several cycle routes.

The nearest public toilets are in Battery Road Car Park.

North Queensferry Trail Stops >

Going South

The South Tower

Enjoy epic views as you continue towards the South Tower. 

At the southern end of the bridge, you'll find a coffee kiosk, public toilets, a viewing platform and, coming soon, telescopes.

Forth Bridge South Tower Trail Stop >
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See all Trail Stops

See all Trail Stops >

Forth Bridges Trail Maps

For North & South Queensferry

You can also use ///what3words to guide you to the trail signs. The ///what3words reference is given on each trail stop page. 

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