Walk: To three Forth Bridges

City of Edinburgh / Fife | Dalmeny | Short walk | ★★

[Crossing the old Forth Road Bridge... the slow way]

This unusual little excursion is a neat way to get up close and personal with the three Forth Bridges spanning the firth between South and North Queensferry. A pedestrian walkway across the old, 20th century road bridge (reserved for walkers, cyclists, public transport and taxis) gives great views along the channel to the 19th century Forth Rail Bridge, while crossing to the other carriageway (via steps under the road) at the northern end leads to a vantage point for the 21st century Queensferry Crossing. After all that, it only seems right that you return to the start by catching a train... across the famous bridge of course. Unlike most of the walks we feature on SOBT, this jaunt across the Firth of Forth is almost entirely on roadsides and pavements. But the views more than compensate, with plenty of options for refreshments on both sides of the firth.

[South Queensferry from the southern end of the Forth Road Bridge]

📌 Walk: To three Forth Bridges ★★
▶ 6 km / 4 miles | ▲ 90 metres
Features: South Queensferry & town sights; Forth Road Bridge; Queensferry Crossing; North Queensferry & village sights; Forth Rail Bridge
Start: Dalmeny railway station, G.R.: NT 139779 ///plank.snowballs.sparrows. N.B. this is not a circular route.
Finish: North Queensferry railway station, G.R.: NT 132808 ///slung.nature.niece
Transport to start / from finish: Frequent trains run between the two stations across the Forth Rail Bridge.

Route: Start - Ferry Glen - South Queensferry & town sights - cross Forth Road Bridge on pedestrian walkway - North Queensferry & village sights - finish
Terrain: Mostly pavements and tarmac walkways alongside roads, with some ascent and descent. Path through Ferry Glen can get muddy.
Wildlife today: Grey squirrels in Ferry Glen; dogs being taken for a walk, seabirds. Lots of crabs on the shore at North Queensferry.
Weather today: Sunny for most of the walk; cloudy after arriving in North Queensferry. 10°C.

>> Forth Rail Bridge ★★★★
>> North Queensferry page: North Queensferry ★★ & village sights
>> Queensferry Crossing (M90) ★★★
>> South Queensferry page: South Queensferry ★★★ & town sights

[Queensferry Crossing from the north end of the old Forth Road Bridge]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

More photos

[Ferry Glen]

[Forth Road Bridge from South Queensferry]

[South Queensferry]

[Forth Road Bridge]

[North Queensferry]

[Forth Road Bridge with the Queensferry Crossing behind]

[North Queensferry village centre]

[The waiting room at North Queensferry station houses a display about the bridges]

[Forth Rail Bridge from North Queensferry station]


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