The Three BridgesExplore this UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Three Bridges - UNESCO World Heritage site. Forth Boat Tours

The Three Bridges, a trio of engineering marvels situated in Scotland, represent a testament to human innovation and infrastructure development. These three distinct structures have not only transformed transportation but have also become iconic symbols of Scotland’s engineering prowess.

Forth Bridge

The first of these remarkable bridges is the Forth Bridge. It stands as a historic masterpiece, a colossal red cantilever railway bridge that stretches across the stunning Firth of Forth near Edinburgh. Opened in 1890, it was a pioneering achievement in its time, with its intricate lattice of steel girders and impressive length of 2.5 kilometers. The Forth Bridge has since been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a testament to its architectural significance.

Forth Road Bridge

The second bridge in this trilogy is the Forth Road Bridge. Inaugurated in 1964, it brought modern vehicular connectivity to the region, linking South Queensferry and North Queensferry. A suspension bridge of grand proportions, it facilitated the movement of both commuters and goods, significantly reducing travel times and enhancing economic opportunities. For decades, it served as a vital lifeline for the people of Scotland.

Queensferry Crossing

The final bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, is the most recent addition to this trio. Opened in 2017, it represents the cutting edge of bridge design and engineering. This cable-stayed bridge was constructed to alleviate traffic congestion on the Forth Road Bridge, which had become strained due to increasing demands. With its sleek and modern design, the Queensferry Crossing not only serves as a crucial transport link but also showcases Scotland’s commitment to sustainable infrastructure.

Together, these Three Bridges symbolize Scotland’s dedication to innovation, resilience, and progress. They have not only facilitated transportation but have also contributed to the cultural and historical identity of the region. As they stand against the backdrop of Scotland’s picturesque landscapes, these bridges continue to inspire awe and admiration from people around the world.

The Three Bridges Cruise

The Three Bridges Cruise

Our original cruise, the Three Bridges Cruise is quite simply one of Scotland’s best days out.

Relax onboard your 1.5 hour sightseeing cruise of this UNESCO World Heritage site and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy a beverage or snack from the bar. Take in the spectacular  Three Bridges, the beautiful panoramas of the Edinburgh skyline, Inchcolm Island with its medieval abbey, and the islands of Inchgarvie, Inchkeith, and Inchmickery.

And don’t forget to look out for the marine wildlife including seals and puffins!