Visiting FAQs

Can I walk across any of the Forth bridges?

Only the Forth Road Bridge features footpaths/cycle tracks, allowing visitors to enjoy spectacular views of the iconic Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge and the construction on the Queensferry Crossing. The east footpath is open at all times except in high winds above 50mph and forms part of the National Cycle Route 1. The west path is currently open on Saturdays throughout the year but is closed to the public from Monday to Friday to allow maintenance activity to be carried out without risk to the public. The path is open on Sundays during the winter months thanks to reduced maintenance requirements but will be closed to the public between April 6 to September 28 to allow the maintenance team to take advantage of improved weather and daylight hours.

Are there any unique ways of visiting the bridges?

Yes, boat trips are available from South Queensferry that take visitors up the Firth of Forth and under the bridges. More details can be found on the VisitScotland website. Also, in celebration of the Forth Road Bridge’s 50th anniversary in 2014, tickets will be available to climb the bridge’s main towers as part of the Forth Bridges Festival. Plans for a viewing platform and guided walks are also underway for the Forth Bridge as part of the Forth Bridge Experience to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2015.

What is the easiest way to get to the Forth bridges?

There are many accessible transport links to the Forth bridges. So, whether you are planning to come by air, train, bus, car or on foot, find out more in our ‘Getting here’ section.

Are there any visitor facilities at the bridges?

The Contact and Education Centre is a purpose-built facility in South Queensferry serving as a focal point for community engagement and education during the building of the Queensferry Crossing. The centre holds frequent free open days for members of the public or groups of 12 or more can make private bookings at the Centre. Upcoming open days and booking forms can be found in our ‘Contact and Education Centre’ section.

There are also plans for a dedicated visitor centre for the Forth Bridge to mark its 125th anniversary. Details can be found at the Forth Bridge Experience website.

When is the Queensferry Crossing due to open?

Construction on the bridge is well underway and due to open in 2016.

Where can I find out more about the area around the bridges?

On either side of the Firth of Forth, the bridges are flanked by the Lothians to the south and Fife to the north, meeting land in the historic towns of South Queensferry and North Queensferry. Follow the links to the VisitScotland website and the North Queensferry Heritage Trust to read more about what to see and do and where to stay.