Extra stops added to Forth Bridges visitor trail to mark World Heritage Day

New stops on the Forth Bridges Trail have been unveiled to co-incide with World Heritage Day.
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The visitor trail, which showcases Scotland’s iconic Forth Bridges and the distinctive historic communities of North and South Queensferry, now has nine new additions along its five-mile circular route which brings together 24 points of interest in North and South Queensferry and along the Forth Road Bridge.

They offer historical facts, local tales and folklore and panoramic views of the three Bridges and the Firth of Forth.

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The new trail stops include two new tourism interpretation signs celebrating the Forth Bridge’s World Heritage Site status and can be found adjacent to commemorative UNESCO plaques at the High Street steps in South Queensferry and the Albert Hotel bus stop in North Queensferry.

Forth Bridges Trail from North Queensferry (Pic: The Forth Bridges/Stephen Sweeney)Forth Bridges Trail from North Queensferry (Pic: The Forth Bridges/Stephen Sweeney)
Forth Bridges Trail from North Queensferry (Pic: The Forth Bridges/Stephen Sweeney)

Other new locations include the Forth Bridges viewpoint at the south end of the Forth Road Bridge, and Battery Point picnic area in North Queensferry which offers some of the closest views of the Forth Bridge.

The trail was designed to encourage visitors to explore the area further, on both sides of the Forth, and support the area’s year-round tourism businesses.

Signs marking points of interest have been designed to reflect the famous red steelwork of the original Forth Bridge. The panels feature illustrated maps, images and stories on the history of the Bridges, the Firth of Forth, and communities of North and South Queensferry in collaboration with local history and heritage groups.

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Councillor Altany Craik, Fife Council's spokesperson for finance, economy and strategic planning said: “The Forth Bridges communities have welcomed visitors for hundreds of years, be they pilgrims, ferry passengers or those enjoying the coast and our magnificent bridges, and the trail showcases this long and rich history.”

Lord Provost Robert Aldridge, Scotland’s High Admiral of the Firth of Forth, said: “Come and discover Scotland’s three bridges built over three centuries and enjoy the historic and the new in Edinburgh and Fife.

“With the area so easily accessible by public transport, we hope that The Forth Bridges Trail will continue to encourage visitors to come and explore both sides of the Forth by walking or wheeling, sample the outdoor activities and excellent hospitality that is on offer, while taking in local nature and the wonderful views.”

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