The Queensferry Crossing, Scotland
We were fortunate to be allocated passes to walk over the Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh last Sunday. Catching the train from Kinghorn and alighting at Inverkeithing, we had a short walk to Ferry Toll, where we were security checked and bused to the bridge. The organisation was slick, cheerful and efficient and reminiscent of The Olympics (or The Commonwealth Games)
We were given only an hour to walk the 1.7 miles. This was perfect to include regular pauses to take photos and enjoy The Queensferry Crossing, the old Forth Road Bridge and The Forth Bridge, the iconic rail bridge admired by thousands over two centuries.
Here’s the rail bridge appearing Nessie – like through the gaps in the wind shielding glass; a photo which will never again be taken except from a moving vehicle.
At intervals information boards gave us fascinating facts and figures about the bridge and its construction and also historical background. On this one we were told that, whilst clearing the site, signs of the oldest dwellings in Scotland were discovered.
The views of the other bridges wowed us by their grace and symmetry.
The glimmers of sunlight through the clouds enhanced the beauty of The Queensferry Crossing itself. I couldn’t help but wonder, half way across, what Queen Margaret (or St Margaret (1045-1093) would have thought of it all, since she instigated the first ferry route for pilgrims over the Firth of Forth, which existed until the first road bridge was opened in 1964.
(Diana Jackson is the author of ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ a fantasy memoir of her walk along the Fife Coastal Path)
There have been a few glitches getting the paperback version of ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ because Eventispress are trying out a new method of distribution. More about that in another post.
Anyway, a box of ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ has finally arrived. Patience is a virtue they say.
I am giving away two copies of the paperback version to readers in the UK for the best responses in completing the sentence:
I’d like to travel over the new Queensferry Crossing because …..
Responses can be made as comments on this blog, on my facebook page or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All you need to know about the Queensferry Crossing ~ STV News
If you don’t live in the UK and your response is really good then I can send you an Amazon gift voucher for a kindle version of The Healing Paths of Fife instead.
Even better, if you’d like to donate to our new community library in Kinghorn, Fife as well, then I’m only a quarter way to my target fundraising for our walk over the Queensferry Crossing this Sunday.
Here’s the link: Justgiving ~ Kinghorn Library
In two weeks’ time, on Sunday 3rd September, we are lucky to have been allocated tickets to walk over the new bridge over the Forth, The Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh, Scotland. It will be a motorway linking Edinburgh with Fife and the north, leaving the old road bridge initially to be repaired and then to be used for buses and taxis I believe.
The Queensferry Crossing Scotland
I would like to make this a more meaningful experience for my community by raising much needed funds for our new library which will open officially on the same day, Sunday 3rd September.
I realise than many of you will not visit or benefit from our library, (although you would be more than welcome to pop by and say hello) but if you believe that reading should be encouraged from a very early age and that libraries are precious for our leisure, for education and as a focal point for community life then we’d really appreciate a donation of as little as £3 or $3 or much more if you are feeling generous. I am aiming for £200 and have a long way to go.
Follow this link to our Just Giving Page and the contribution will go directly into our Kinghorn Library bank account.
On Saturday I took these pictures at the Queensferry Regatta when some very brave men and women competed in their skiffs. It is an excellent spot to view all of the bridges in their glory.