The Forth Wonder of the World

Fri 14 Oct 16

The Forth Bridge has been voted Scotland's greatest man-made wonder in new research by VisitScotland as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

The 126 year old bridge and UNESCO World Heritage Site pipped Edinburgh Castle, The Kelpies and the Glenfinnan Viaduct to take the top spot, with 30% of the votes in the survey.

The research reveals that almost 60% of Brits have made an 'architectural pilgrimage' in the UK i.e. travelled just to see a famous building or architectural wonder. And rather than just an endeavour of the older generations, more than half of Millennials surveyed (16-24 yr olds) said they had done so.

Six out of ten Brits also stated that a destination's architecture and design played an important role when deciding where to go on a shortbreak.

The research comes as VisitScotland celebrates another successful themed year in 2016. 

The national tourism organisation hopes that visitors will continue to experience Scotland's architecture in 2016, but also take the time to discover more about the country's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said:
"It is no surprise that our awe-inspiring Forth Bridge has taken the top spot in this research and it is wonderful to see that new man-made wonders like The Kelpies are already proving a hit with visitors. 2016 has shone a significant spotlight on Scotland's achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-range of activity designed to boost tourism in Scotland. I hope many people continue to make architectural pilgrimages to Scotland throughout the rest of this year and beyond to discover some of our truly remarkable sights."

The full top ten of Scotland's greatest man-made wonders, as voted for by the British public:
1. Forth Bridge (30%)
2. Edinburgh Castle (13%)
3. The Kelpies (8%)
4. Glenfinnan Viaduct (7%)
5. Stirling Castle (5%)
6. Falkirk Wheel (5%)
7. Caledonian Canal (5%)
8. Scott Monument (4%)
9. Bell Rock Lighthouse (4%)
10. Melrose Abbey (3%)

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Illustration by Wil Freeborn

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