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Couple of shots from last week. The first one shows the Forth rail and road bridges. The rail bridge (the red one) is now completed painting; contrary to the popular story that the task never ends.

The second image shows a close up of Inchgarvie Island (which can also be seen in the top image, just off the central pillar of the rail bridge). Having served as an isolation island for people with Syphilis (1490’s), prison (Scottish Alcatraz) and then a castle with artillery guns to protect the entrance to the Forth (1515); its current purpose is as one of the bases for the Forth Rail Bridge. The buildings you see now date from the first and second world wars; when it was again used as a defence base, this time against potential submarine incursion.

Firth of Forth - The Rail and Road Bridges

Firth of Forth – The Rail and Road Bridges

Inchgarvie Island in the Firth of Forth

Inchgarvie Island in the Firth of Forth

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