Towering level of interest shown in scaling the bridge

Forth Road Bridge 50th celebrations
Forth Road Bridge 50th celebrations

The final batch of 180 tickets to climb the Forth Road Bridge’s main towers have been released for public sale, but you’ll need a head for heights to take part.

A total of 2014 trips have been organised by the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) to celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of the bridge.

The trips form part of the Forth Bridges Festival, which is a signature event in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

This is a unique opportunity and the only time in the 50-year history of the bridge that members of the public have been given the chance to buy tickets to climb the iconic structure.

Access to the main towers is normally strictly reserved for maintenance staff only.

Access is via a lift and ladder inside the tower leg. Participants will then emerge from a hatch over 150 metres above the Firth of Forth.

The participants will then have the chance to take a walk along the gantry on the bridge span for a short distance before returning to terra firma.

Tickets priced at £120 plus a booking fee are available to purchase now via the website

Places are still available on July 20, August 3 and 10.

FETA convener Lesley Hinds said: “This is the last chance for members of the public to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We expect these tickets to sell quickly, as once they are gone it will again become an experience that money can’t buy!”