A VIEWING platform on the Forth Bridge could be created as part of plans to make the three bridges a major tourist attraction.

The Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing are to play a strategic role in boosting visitor numbers according to the Forth Bridges Tourism Strategy which was launched this week by Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

The ten-year strategy highlights a number of opportunities to promote the three structures – each one a world record holder in its own right – and to bring people to the area for a world-class visitor experience.

Speaking at the launch in North Queensferry, Ms Hyslop said the three bridges which span the Forth were much more than a means of travel.

"The Forth Bridge has taken its place alongside the Pyramids of Giza and Spain’s Alhambra as one of the world’s most iconic monuments and has been inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage list," she said.

"Its two magnificent neighbours are themselves great engineering achievements. The bridges span both time and distance as the three bridges were built in three different centuries.

“The Tourism Strategy sets out the Forth Bridges Forum’s plan to tell the story of the three bridges for the first time, creating a unique experience which will allow visitors to learn about their history as well as marvel at their majesty.

“By communities, businesses and the public sector working together, we can use the bridges as catalysts for developing the many tourism offerings of the surrounding towns and villages.

“It’s an exciting development which will secure the area’s reputation as a top destination for visitors.”

The strategy says the Forth Bridges Forum's vision is that by 2030, the bridges area will be recognised as a "sustainable, high quality visitor destination,

offering great customer service underpinned by an emotionally valued global brand."

It outlines an aspiration that visitors will be able to step on to a "dramatic, 21st century viewing platform" at the south end of the Forth Road Bridge to "engage their senses" with unparalleled views.

"They will have the opportunity to learn the headlines of the bridges’ story in the landscape as they move towards the Forth Bridges Welcome Hub where the chapters unfold through creative exhibitions," it adds.

"The adventurous may soon be able to walk in the sky, travelling up the Forth Bridge to a viewing platform 100 metres above the river, in an experience of a lifetime."