The walk across the bridge is slightly disconcerting if you put your hands on the bridge rails, as you feel the vibrations from the constant stream of cars and lorries that are passing by. The pedestrian walkway, however, is far enough away from the vehicles that you are not threatened by them but the vibrations take a bit of getting used to.
Having a series of smaller goals or achieveable targets has been a useful motivating factor to completing the more major objective of walkiing the whole coast. The last few weeks the bridge has been an elusive beacon on the horizon. As the nature of the land or the weather changed, so too did our opportunities to view the bridge. On bright clear days, if we were on a headland or cliff, we would see the bridge tantalisingly in the distance as we made slow progress down the coast of Fife.
Another exciting and challenging aspect of this outing is that it will be the first time we have walked for consecutive days on our coastal adventure. It is our hope that we will make some significant progress and get a few miles in the bag.
When the town became a Royal Burgh in 1641 it was described as having a proper harbour but a crossing here is thought to have long pre-dated the establishment of a harbour. The town was a thriving trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries, having at various times, a fishing, whisky and soap making industry.