When in North Queensferry it's quite difficult not to notice the big
bridge. It's just there, no matter which way you look. In fact, there
are two big bridges: the older and more attractive red iron railway
bridge (one of the wonders of the Victorian world, no doubt), and the
more modern road bridge. A third bridge is under construction, so
soon there will be three big bridges, and you'll be able to say to your
children, 'Kids, let's go and see the three big bridges,' and they will
reply, 'Yeeehhhhh!!'. It is the Victorian railway bridge that is nearer
North Queensferry, and in places it literally hangs over the town. You
should be aware of this, because it can come as something of a shock to
hear a great rumbling noise and look up to see a train passing overhead.
So great is the rumbling that if I lived in some parts of North
Queensferry every waking moment would be spent worrying about trains
landing on my head.
North Queensferry is quite different to Queensferry, which sits on the
opposite side of the Firth of Forth. It is smaller, and so has less in
the way of facilities, but it is without question a more appealing place
to be. The streets are steep and curvy, and in each little winding lane
there will be something to read, look at and absorb. It's the sort of
place where no sooner have you arrived than you find yourself scampering
around like an excited child wanting to see everything all at once. And
to get there you may even take a train that will pass over that very
bridge, and gaze down upon those magical streets.