Forth Rail Bridge Named Sixth Scottish Wonder!

The Forth’s Steel Lady has been officially named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

It’s been some year for the Forth Rail Bridge!

Known world-wide as one of the wonders of the industrial age, the bridge celebrated its 125th birthday this year and has now been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Forth Bridge was nominated in January 2014 as Scotland’s sixth Site, but UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has taken over a year to decide.

The bridge’s new standing was announced at the committee’s 39th annual session, in Bonn, Germany, on Sunday July 5, 2015.

It joins Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, New Lanark, the Antonine Wall and St Kilda as Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site, and 29th for the United Kingdom.

When the Forth Rail Bridge was constructed it was one of the most ambitious projects of its kind ever attempted, and at its peak, more than 4,500 men were employed building it, with construction taking eight years to complete.

For the 125th anniversary this year we dug deep into our archives to bring you a mini history of the Steel Lady of the Forth in pictures – click the images on the right to view more!