This incredible experience is back for 2019

Your View is your chance to ascend the Forth Bridge.

This year's event will be running over six days, Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019. You'll be joining an exclusive club of only a few thousand  to experience the bridge like this in its 129 years of operation.

What is Your View?

Enjoy an uninterrupted 360 degree panorama view of the Edinburgh and Fife coastline, as you have never seen them before, all from a viewing platform 361 feet in the air! The Bridge has become one of Scotland’s most photographed features and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From dawn until dusk, the views from the top are always different so your view will always be unique. There are three different ticket packages to choose from: Classic, Sunrise or Sunset, and Ultimate.

Please note, participants must be 18 years of age or older to take part.

Over £85,000 has been raised in just two years to fund our vital work supporting vulnerable children in Scotland. The event is brought to you in partnership with Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and The Briggers, who all donate their time, expertise and equipment free of charge - none of this would be possible without their support. All profits for the event are donated to Barnardo’s Scotland.

This opportunity is not normally open to the public and is only available once a year, but we are able to bring it to you thanks to the kind support of our partners.

What to know for the day

It is important that all guests take the time to read this document prior to attending the event in September. This will tell you what to expect on the day, what to wear and how to get the event site.

FAQs

Event location and travelling to the site

We ask you to arrive at the event site listed at this address:

Network Rail Site (directly under the Rail Bridge)
Battery Road
North Queensferry
KY11 1JZ

Travelling to the event

There is limited parking in North Queensferry, so we advise taking public transport where possible. There is a free car park on Battery Road (2 minute walk from the meeting point) with a limited number of spaces. Visitors can also park on the street, however please be considerate to residents.

The bus stop and train station are both within walking distance of the event site.

Travel by bus

The Battery Road Turning Circle stop (stop number: 34323235) is a 3 minute walk to the site at the opposite end of the street and services buses to Dunfermline, Rosyth, Inverkeithing and Ferrytoll Park and Ride. These buses are not very frequent and therefore schedules should be checked in advance. We recommend using www.travelinescotland.com to plan your journey.

Travel by train

The North Queensferry train station is a 10-15 minute walk to the site. As the train line runs from the bridge, the station is much higher than our event site at the foot of the bridge and ‘The Brae’ is quite a steep hill, therefore extra time and care should be taken. The stations services trains to Edinburgh, Dundee, Glenrothes and Tweedbank.

Please note: We anticipate a busy day and have capacity restrictions for each group, therefore we cannot accommodate latecomers. If you are driving please allow extra time to find a parking space and make your way to the site.

What time should I arrive?

The event runs from 6am-8pm each day, however please only come along for your allocated time slot; this will be stated on your Eventbrite ticket.

Please download or print your Eventbrite tickets ahead of the day. Your tickets are attached to the confirmation email you received when you made the purchase. We kindly ask that you arrive 10 minutes prior to your allocated time slot. We run a time schedule and late-comers will not be permitted to take part. 

Is there an age restriction?

Yes - All ticket holders must be aged 18 years or over to take part in the event. There is no upper age limit. All guests will be required to provide ID at registration on the day.

Once I've purchased a ticket, can I swap times or day?

Unfortunately not. Due to restrictions on the number of people who can access the viewing platform at any one time, we cannot change your time slot or day. We offer a grace period of two weeks from the point of purchase for guests to receive a refund, should they no longer be able to attend. Please contact Supporter Relations on 0800 008 7005 to arrange this.

What should I wear and what can I bring onto the bridge?

There are no specific requirements on what to wear - you don't need steel-capped boots to take part! Please wear sensible, comfortable clothes and shoes that cover your entire foot, with a strong, sturdy sole. 

We recommend not bringing too much with you for the day, especially if you're travelling by public transport - larger items or baggage will not be permitted onto the bridge and we do not have space to store them. As with many similar events, event security may ask to check your bag before you enter the site.

Items that are permitted onto the bridge are:

  • Small bags (A5 size) with a long strap that can go across the body will be permitted
  • No rucksacks or large bags
  • No food or drink (unless required for essential medication)
  • Hearing aids and spectacles must be secure and not loose fitting
  • Medication

All items that you take onto the bridge with you must be securely attached to your person or should be able to fit into a zipped pocket so that your hands can be free at all times.

Barnardo’s is not responsible for the loss or damage of any item that you bring onto the event site or onto the bridge with you.

What facilities will be available on the day?

There will be toilets available for use at ground level for those taking part in all the packages - please be aware there won't be toilets available on the platform tour which lasts 20-30 minutes. The Ultimate package will also have access to toilets on the Bothy level, which can be used before or after the BridgeWalk.

There will be catering facilities on the day to purchase drinks and snacks. More details coming soon

Will there be a safety briefing?

Yes - safety is our top priority for the day. Before your bridge ascent, all participants will have a safety briefing which will cover what to expect from the hoist (exterior lift) and how you will spend your time on the platform. In the interest of safety, we ask that you do not climb, sit, or lean over the barriers during your time on the viewing platform.

In addition:

  • You will be provided with a high visibility vest and hard hat which should be worn at all times
  • Your entire group must always travel together in the hoist and on the platform; no one can be left behind on the platform.
  • If one person needs to come down from the platform due to medical reasons, feeling unwell or for unacceptable behaviour, the whole group will be taken down to ground level before your time slot is finished.
  • If you are feeling unwell before you get into the hoist, or whilst you are on the viewing platform please inform your guide.
  • Please listen to instructions from your guide at all times.

Alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited at our event. Anyone we believe to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will NOT be permitted to access the viewing platform and no refund will be given. ​​​​​​

Smoking and vaping is strictly prohibited on the event site and on the viewing platform.

Are there any physical requirements?

The event does not require any significant physical exertion. There are a total of 16 steps to reach the exterior hoist which will take you to the top of the bridge. Alternative arrangements will be made to accommodate wheelchair users. We do ask that you are medically fit and well but no physical preparation is required. Please remember you are going 361ft high, so take this into consideration. The Ultimate package is not recommended for pregnant woman as you will be fitted with a harness which may be uncomfortable.

I'm a wheelchair user. Can I take part?

We are able to accommodate wheelchair users on the Classic and Sunrise or Sunset packages; but you must contact us in advance to make us aware of this. You can do this by calling our supporter care team on 0800 008 7005 or by email at supporterrelations@barnardos.org.uk

Unfortunately we can't accommodate wheelchair users or those you require a walking aid for the Ultimate package.

Is this event suitable if I have a fear of heights?

If you have a fear of heights, acrophobia or vertigo then, unfortunately, we don't think this event is for you. We wouldn't recommend purchasing a ticket if this is the case.

Can I bring a camera?

Yes, you can bring smaller cameras onto the bridge. Please remember, as with the above advice about restrictions on what can be brought onto the bridge, cameras must either be securely attached to you with a neck strap or in a small bag. There is limited space in the hoist and so please, no rucksacks.

Contact information

Cancellation policy

The Scottish weather can be unpredictable and your safety is of paramount importance to us. Should it be decided that this event cannot go ahead due to extreme weather conditions, we will immediately post this on our Facebook and Twitter.

We would recommend following the above pages prior to the event and checking them for any updates before leaving the house. We will also attempt to contact you by email and phone where possible. In the unlikely event that we have to cancel, an alternative date will be offered. If this does not suit, a refund will be issued.

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