Yesterday I attended the Cruise Forth Business Seminar held at the Queensferry Hotel. I certainly came away with a better understanding of how my business may become involved with cruise visitors to the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay.
Behind me is the new Forth Road Bridge. Known as the Queensferry Crossing. The name reflects Queen Margaret in the 11th Century who introduced a ferry to carry pilgrims across the Forth, giving the communities on either side of the Firth, North Queensferry and South Queensferry their name.
During routine archaeological excavations prior to commencement of the bridge and roads, remnants of a mesolithic era dwelling was found on the south bank of the Forth. The dwelling, based around an oval pit approximately 7 metres (23 ft) in length, has been dated to around 8240 BC, making it the earliest known dwelling in Scotland.
Queensferry Crossing is expected to open in December this year. 34 of 110 concrete road deck sections now in place. The 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. This innovative design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant.