Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2015, the Forth Rail Bridge was designed by engineers from England – Sir Benjamin Baker and Sir John Fowler. After an eight day inquiry and major objections being lodged by rival railway companies, the bill to build the bridge was finally passed in May 1882 and construction began.
The bridge crosses the Firth of Forth and is situated in South Queensferry, approximately 9 miles (14km) west of Edinburgh city centre. A must see for all train or architecture enthusiasts, the Forth Rail Bridge is considered an iconic and structural symbol of the nation. The bridge connects the rail network from Edinburgh to the Kingdom of Fife and beyond, to Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen.
With a total length of 2,467 metres and width of 9.8 metres at the central point, it has the second longest cantilever span in the world after the Quebec Bridge in Canada. Its distinctive rusty red colour showcases an impressive structure with fascinating history behind it. It was also the first major structure in the UK with a steel construction. The Scots are so proud of this marvellous feat of engineering that it has featured on bank notes for both the Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank.