My first contribution to the class “Global Heritage” should be about the first recognized contact with tangible heritage in Scotland – The Forth Bridge.

I’m from Germany and it was the simplest way to fly with an airplane to Edinburgh for the PG programme. As the airline crew announced that we will reach Edinburgh within the next few minutes I looked out of the window and saw the stunning red bridge – The Forth Bridge.

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The Foth Bridge (2016); own photograph.

The next day I decided to visit the bridge and went by bus to Cramond Island which is passable by low tide and also a good starting point for a nice walk to the bridge. Along the beach and over forest tracks I finally reached my destination. The bridge shines in a stunning red and is an iconic marvel of engineering.

The Forth Bridge is 8,094 feet long (2,467 meters) and connects South Queensferry and North Queensferry which are divided by the Fith of Forth. The Bridge was designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker. In 1882 the construction of the bridge began and took aight years until it was finished. Since 1890 it carries passenger trains, good trains and light engines and was the longest bridge in the world at this time, until 1919. It was the first bridge which was completely made of steel without using low carbon steel.

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Westhofen W. (1890); The Forth Bridge – Living model illustrating principle of the Forth Bridge; Engeneering, California

I absolutely recommend to visit the bridge and spend a nice day in North or South Queensferry with an outstanding piece of tangible heritage.

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The Forth Bridge (2016); own photograph