Rivers and Bridges
longest river in Scotland is the River Tay, which is approximately
120 miles long.
Spey, approximately 110 miles long, is the second longest river.
lengths of Scotland’s other major rivers, in descending
order, are as follows:
The River Clyde — 106 miles
The River Tweed — 97 miles
The River Dee - 85 miles
The River Don - 82 miles
The River Forth — 65 miles
River Tay is recognised as one of the best salmon fishing rivers
in Scotland and it has been on the Tay that catches of salmon
of record- breaking weights, either caught by line or by net,
have been made.
area around the River Spey is famous for its many distilleries.
The waters of the river are an essential ingredient in the whisky
River Clyde became famous as an international centre for shipbuilding
in the nineteenth century. When the Cunard liner the Queen Elizabeth,
built at John Brown’s shipyard on the Clyde, was launched
in 1938, she
was the biggest passenger liner ever built.The
area around the Falls of Clyde at New Lanark is now a Wildlife
Bridge Facts And Figures
original designer of the Forth Bridge was Thomas Bouch, but his
rail bridge across the Tay collapsed on December 28th 1879 and
Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker were appointed instead.
main contractor was William Arrol.
bridge consists of55,00 tons of steel, 640,000 cubic feet of Aberdeen
granite and over 8,000,000 rivets. The last rivet was driven home
in a ceremony on March 4th 1890 by the Prince of Wales (later
Edward VII). This last rivet was made of gold.
total cost of construction came to £3.2 million.
acres of paint were used to coat the bridge. The paint is manufactured
especially for the bridge by Craig & Rose of Leith, Edinburgh
and contrary to popular belief~ workers do not start at one end
of the bridge and paint
to the other end before starting all over again. They paint the
bridge in sections depending on where it is needed most at any
mid-winter to mid-summer the bridge expands by almost 1 metre.
length: 8296 feet (2528.7 metres)
approach: 10 spans of 168 ft (51.2m)
approach: 5 spans of 168 ft (5.12m)
portal to portal: 5350 ft (1630.7111)
from tower to tower: 1912 ft (582.8m)
length: 680 ft (207.3m)
spans:1710 ft (521.3m)
of towers: 330 ft (100.6111)
of 1710 ft. span: 11571 tons (11754 tonnes)
of rivets: 6,500,000
of rivets: 4200 tons (4267 tonnes)
Longest Bridges In Sscotland
Railway Bridge 3135m
Forth Bridge 2528m
Tay Road Bridge 2253m
Forth Road Bridge 1828m
Kessock Bridge 1052mm
Erskine Bridge 660m
Skye Bridge 570m
Clava Viaduct 549m
Findhorn Viaduct 400m
North Bridge 346m
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