Trip to the Top THe FORTH BRIDGE

A couple of years back I was lucky enough to get a trip to the top of the Forth Bridge as a result of winning a photo competition associated with the bridge. To say it was an experience isn't doing the day justice. After taking more photographs than I can count of this iconic structure to finally get up close and personal with an worldwide icon was something I won't forget in a hurry. The fact that I was able to share the experience with a fellow photographer mate and my 3 sons made it all the more special.

Looking down from the South walkway

Before heading to the top we first walked out over the South viaduct, which must be a couple of hundred feet up and this is the sort of view you get if you look down. This shot was taken on the walkway around the stone archway on the south side. Not recommended for those nervous of heights!

When you get up to track level funnily enough you find trains!
View towards South Queensferry from the Forth Bridge South viaduct
Under the Forth Bridge from a boat

After the visit to the South side we hopped over to North Queensferry for the trip to the top but not by road, but by boat. The guys from Calypso Marine took us around and even under the structure, by this point the camera was going overtime.

Track level from the North side

Going to the top is quite easy as it happened, there's a lift that goes all the way to the top! Well, it's more an open cage hoist but it makes getting to the top fairly easy, as long as you have a hoist operator I suppose! Before going right up we stopped at track level on the North side for a quick look, sadly no passing train this time but what a spot this would be to catch a steam train passing over!

Looking down the North cantilever towards North Queensferry

Looking North towards Dalgety Bay

Looking South to the middle cantilever

Looking straight down to the tracks

Looking down to North Queensferry

My experience with the top of the bridge wasn't over though, a few months later I was asked to take the press shots for the Forth Bridge 50th anniversary fireworks and one of the location on offer was... yes, you guess it, the top of the Forth Bridge, at night. It didn't take of thinking about, of course I was doing it!

Forth Bridge 50th Anniversary Fireworks

Not only was it one of the best firework displays I had ever seen, but the whole experience was something else. I also got a chance to take a few even less seen views from the top of the North cantilever in the dark.

Looking towards North Queensferry
Looking North

When you get up there you find 2 large areas of basically decking with a linking walkway between them, this is from the 2nd park looking North towards the decking where you come out the hoist.

Looking towards South Queensferry

One day, its hoped the bridge will open up as a tourist attraction and anyone will be able to take the trip up and see the views, if it ever does, go, don't think about it, just do it, it's an amazing experience and one I'm thankful for to have done twice already!

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