Sun! And very cool and windy this morning when I woke up. Perfect day to go visit the Forth Bridge and take some pictures. Last Monday I went to Dundee and rode over the bridge. Today I’ll get a close-up look at it. Massive in scale for a bridge built in 1890.
The bridge, from the Edinburgh (south) side of the firth, is not well-developed. North Queensferry is a small town that is built, for the most part, underneath the bridge. I walked to the Waverley Train Station (since I missed the bus) and got a ticket to North Queensferry, about 14 miles from Edinburgh.
Just as I got to the North Queensferry station, it started to pour. I found a place to get out of the rain, then walked down to the town of North Queensferry. While the rain, for the most part, had stopped but thought I should have lunch and wait it out.
For a small village there were several recommended restaurants. I picked The Wee Restaurant. Had a very nice lunch there. Mussels for a starter and risotto for the main course.
Both were excellent!
After an hour, the weather cleared up and I took a walk around the anchor of the bridge and took some pictures.
Who is this guy?
On the way back to the train station, I came upon a spring well with a couple of plaques.
Above, it reads: “This ancient spring was restored by lovers of the ferry for the solace of wayfarers and in memory of sixty years of Her Majesty’s reign happily completed. 1837-1897”
The small marker below says: “North Queensferry JUBILEE WELL Historic Wells”
From a Wiki article: “Both North and South Queensferry take their name from Saint Margaret of Scotland, the wife of King Malcolm III of Scotland, who is said to have established the villages to ensure there would be regular ferry crossings across the Firth of Forth for the benefit of pilgrims travelling to St. Andrews. Margaret is said to have made her arrival in Scotland here in 1068, and to have regularly used the ferry crossing when travelling between the then capital Dunfermline, and Edinburgh Castle. From around this time, the crossing became known as the Queen’s Ferry.”
I took a picture from the train station of the train tracks in the direction of the bridge. About 10 minutes later, another storm blew in and it was raining hard again – just made it on the train back to Edinburgh before it started.