Visiting - frequently asked questions

Can I walk across any of the Forth bridges?

Only the Forth Road Bridge features footpaths and cycle paths, allowing visitors to enjoy spectacular views of both the Forth Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing. 

There is a footpath on either side of the Forth Road Bridge. The east footpath links into National Cycle Route 1 and is kept open at all times except in high winds above 50mph. The west footpath is routinely closed to the public in order to separate maintenance traffic from cyclists and pedestrians. 

If there is a requirement to use the east footpath for maintenance activity, these arrangements will sometimes be reversed - you can always check the Planned roadworks page to confirm which footpath is currently open.

Are there any unique ways of visiting the bridges?

Yes, boat trips are available from South Queensferry that take visitors up the Firth of Forth and under the bridges. Providers include Maid of the ForthForth Boat Tours and Edinburgh Boat Charters.

Plans for a viewing platform and guided walks are also underway for the Forth Bridge as part of the Forth Bridge Experience.

What is the easiest way to get to the Forth bridges?

There are many accessible transport links to the Forth bridges. So, whether you are planning to come by air, train, bus, car or on foot, find out more in our How to get here section.

Are there any visitor facilities at the bridges?

The Contact and Education Centre is a purpose-built facility in South Queensferry, which has served as a focal point for community engagement and education during the building of the Queensferry Crossing. The centre holds frequent free open days for members of the public, or groups of 12 or more can make private bookings at the Centre. Upcoming open days and booking forms can be found in our Contact and Education Centre section.

There are also proposals for a dedicated visitor centre for the Forth Bridge to mark its 125th anniversary. Details can be found at the Forth Bridge Experience website.

Where can I find out more about the area around the bridges?

On either side of the Firth of Forth, the bridges are flanked by the Lothians to the south and Fife to the north, meeting land in the historic towns of South Queensferry and North Queensferry.

Follow the links to the VisitScotland website and the North Queensferry Heritage Trust to read more about what to see and do and where to stay.