Rivers have to be crossed somehow, and the River Forth in Scotland is no exception. In the eleventh century, north-bound pilgrims to St Andrews would be taken across the Firth of Forth on a pilgrim-ferrying boat. But it wasn’t until 1890 that the first bridge was built across the estuary, a rail bridge carrying passengers from Fife to Edinburgh and back. These days there are three bridges, the newest of which is the Queensferry Crossing, which opened for the first time in 2017.
This design shows the stylish bridge from below on the south bank. It’s a marvellous thing to see, sweeping elegantly from shore to shore across the wide river, its towers stretching into the orange sky. At two and a half kilometres long, Queensferry is the longest three-tower cable-stayed bridge in the world. No wonder it took six years and £1.35 billion to build. Not to mention the fact that the towers are 200 metres tall, meaning that Queensferry is also the tallest bridge in the UK – basically, it’s a pretty special structure! Go on: indulge your love of Scotland with this striking tea towel.