You can tell that many of my contributions are aerial panoramas, so I couldn't turn down the opportunity to climb 512 feet to the top of one of the main towers of the Forth Road Bridge
and take a panorama.
A lift takes you most of the way up the tower but the final 50 feet is by ladder, appearing out on the cross-beam of the tower (you can see other people standing here). A final external ladder takes you to the highest point, above the cable saddle, beside the navigation beacon.
From here you can see North Queensferry / Fife (long side of bridge) and South Queensferry / Lothian (short side of bridge). To the east, running parallel to the road bridge, is the Forth (Rail) Bridge opened in 1890.
Work is due to start on a second road bridge on the west side of this bridge, and is due to be completed in 2016. When this is complete there will be three bridges here from 3 centuries, 19th Century cantilever, 20th Century cable suspension, and 21st Century cable stay. Each representing design excellence from its era.