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Forth Bridges Trail

Seals Craig

Trail stop

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A UNESCO Treasure

This is a great spot to appreciate the sheer scale of the Forth Bridge.

Opened in 1890, the Forth Bridge is a Scottish icon that is recognised as the most famous of cantilever designs. The world's first major steel structure, the Forth Bridge represents a key milestone in the history of modern railway civil engineering and still holds the record as the world’s longest cantilever bridge.

  • The bridge is 100 metres tall (328 feet) and 2,529 metres long (8,296 feet).
  • Around 200 trains cross every day up to 50 mph (80 km/h).
  • It was built with 50,000 tonnes of mild steel, with around 6% recycled.
  • Around 6,000,000 rivets hold it together.

In July 2015, UNESCO inscribed the Forth Bridge as the sixth World Heritage site in Scotland. World Heritage Sites must prove they have “Outstanding Universal Value” to all of humanity and are required to meet rigorous criteria. World Heritage status is so selective that only 1,154 sites worldwide have been awarded the designation. The Forth Bridge now features alongside the prestigious Pyramids of Giza, The Great Wall of China and Notre Dame.

Scotland is the first country in the world to bring together 13 UNESCO sites into one trail. Discover the wonder within it by following Scotland’s UNESCO Trail.

Look across the road to spot the Guardian of the Bridges, nicknamed Nessie by locals. This characterful mosaic creature commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge and is based on designs and mosaics created by Queensferry school children. A true community project, over 700 people were involved in the creation of this public art installation.

Where Next on the Trail?

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

South Queensferry

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Approx 5 min (0.3 mile) via B924 (Newhalls Road)

Head for the Forth Bridge to the next sign by the Hawes Pier where you can also catch a boat to explore by water.

 

Hawes Trail Stop >

High Street

South Queensferry

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Approx 3 min (0.2 mile) via B924 (High Street)

Turn towards the road bridges to explore the historic high street with its shops, cafes and restaurants. The next sign is High Street outside the museum. 

 

High Street Trail Stop >
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Dalmeny Railway Station

South Queensferry

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Approx 13 min (0.6 mile) via Station Rd

If you prefer to head straight up to Dalmeny Station, look for the paths up across the road and you will join a lovely path on an old railway line which will take you up towards the station (avoiding the steep steps of Jacob’s Ladder). From the station, you can catch a train for an epic journey across the Forth Bridge

 

Dalmeny Station Trail Stop >
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See all Trail Stops

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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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