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Fife Pilgrim Way

A project to resurrect the mediƦval Fife Pilgrim Way is now well in hand.

There were two main routes across the county (or kingdom as the locals still refer to it at times,) starting at Culross and North Queensferry and ending up at St Andrews.

The ancient route went through the nearest small town to Son of the Rock Acres, Markinch, the ancient capital of Fife.

There are some hopes the restored route(s) will bring modern day pilgrims (and other tourists) to the town.

A year or so ago there was an information day about the Pilgrim Way at St Drostan’s church. On display were several representations of monastic and pilgrim life, rendered in knitwear.

Trees and pilgrims:-

Knitted Trees and Pilgrims

Church:-

Knitted Church

Monks:-

Knitted  Monks

Monks’ garden:-

Knitted Garden

Monastery vegetable patch:-

Knitted Vegetable Patch

Queensferry Crossing (x)

Photos from March 2017. Gap finally closed.

From South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 49

New bridge in full, Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 50

From approach road to North Queensferry, Forth Road Bridge in background:-

New Forth Road Bridge 51

Northern support pillar and cable stays:-

New Forth Road Bridge 52

Northern cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 53

All three cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 54

South cable stay tower and support pillars. Work still being done where gap was closed:-

New Forth Road Bridge 55

Queensferry Crossing (ix)

These were taken in late December 2016, so I’m a bit late getting round to posting them. The first three are views from North Queensferry, the later ones are from South Queensferry.

North support pillar:-

New Forth Road Bridge 42

North cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 41

Central and south cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 43

Last gap in bridge:-

New Forth Road Bridge 44

Close up on final gap. This is the one where I heard the support pillar’s foundations had been a bit suspect:-

New Forth Road Bridge 45

Looking over Port Edgar Yacht Club:-

New Forth Road Bridge 46

New bridge in full (except for last gap):-

New Forth Road Bridge 47

Three Bridges Panorama. From left, Queensferry Crossing, Forth Road Bridge, Forth Bridge from South Queensferry side:-

New Forth Road Bridge 48, Three Bridges Panorama

Queensferry Crossing (viii)

These were taken around nine months ago before the gap in the roadway was finally closed.

From north bank of River Forth:-

New Forth Road Bridge 35

Closer view:-

New Forth Road Bridge 36

North cable stay tower and northern support pillar, from North Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 37

Central and south cable stay towers from North Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 34

These were taken at twilight a couple of days later. From South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 38

Showing still to be completed roadway gap at south end:-

New Forth Road Bridge 39

Near full span at twilight from South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 40

Poppies – and Christmas – in August

Yesterday I had to travel about Fife and the Edinburgh area.

In St Andrews I spotted British Legion poppies (the small ones made of metal; presumably manufactured for those who think that the normal paper ones do not sufficiently show off their “patriotism” or generosity – but I call it their ostentation) at a checkout in the “M&S Food” there.

Later in a supermarket in North Queensferry, on the way home from a dinner at my eldest son’s, just inside the door was a stack of tins (well, nowadays they’re “plastics”) of Roses, Quality Street, Celebrations and Heroes.

Christmas has long since started in August – that was always when annuals were published – but Remembrance Day? They’re still beating the drums at the Edinburgh Tattoo for goodness’s sake.

Queensferry Crossing (vi)

Photos taken on 3/6/2016.

North and central cable stay towers from South Queensferry. First Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 24

South cable stay tower:-
New Forth Road Bridge 25

Southern approach pillar and cable stay tower:-
New Forth Road Bridge 26

Gap between southern approach pillar and cable stay tower portion – still unfilled 7 months later:-
New Forth Road Bridge 27

First Forth Road Bridge with Queensferry Crossing behind:-
New Forth Road Bridge 28

Northern approach pillar – section now joined to north cable stay tower section:-
New Forth Road Bridge 29

Northern cable stay tower from North Queensferry:-
New Forth Road Bridge 30

Central and southern cable stay towers from North Queensferry:-
New Forth Road Bridge 31

Queensferry Crossing (iv)

Photos taken 11/2/2016.

North Support Pillar:-

New Forth Road Bridge 14

North cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 15

Service boat near north cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 16

Centre cable stay tower from North Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 17

South and centre cable stay towers and south support pillar from South Queensferry. I have read there’s a problem with this pillar as it’s leaning a bit:-

New Forth Road Bridge 18

South, centre and north cable stay towers plus first Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 19

New bridge seen through the original Forth Road Bridge:-

New Forth Road Bridge 20

Queensferry Crossing (i)

Queensferry Crossing is the name of the New Forth Road Bridge, now under construction. Personally I think they ought to have embraced the pun and called it the Fifth Bridge since there are now two bridges at Kincardine-on-Forth plus the Forth Bridge (the rail bridge) and the Road Bridge.

I started taking photographs in October 2014 but haven’t got round to posting them till now. The first three are from the North Queensferry side.

This is a support pillar for the carriageway on the north side:-

New Forth Road Bridge 2

The northern cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 1

Centre and southern cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 3

These three are from the South Queensferry end.

South support pillars and bridge starting to be winched out. Note temporary cable stay arrangement:-

New Forth Road Bridge 4

All three cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 5

Original Forth Road Bridge plus new crossing’s centre and north cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 6

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