What is Forth Road Bridge Highlines?

Forth Road Bridge Highlines is a fundraising challenge event for The Prince’s Trust, offering an exceptional opportunity to abseil from the top of one of the highest and most iconic bridges in Scotland. Participants can sign up for a 100m abseil from the main tower top to the bridge deck and a 450m zip line from the main tower to the shore. On the way you’ll get to climb to the top of the Forth Road Bridge’s 156m high main tower, and along the suspended walkways underneath the deck.

How much do I need to raise?

Each participant taking part in the dual challenge of both the abseil and zip line must commit to fundraising a minimum of £700 per person. Participants taking part in the zip line challenge only must commit to raise a minimum of £300 per person. All participants must fundraise exclusively for The Prince’s Trust.

How do I sign up online?

Registering for Forth Road Bridge Highlines is quick and simple. Simply head to our Forth Road Bridge Highlines event page and click the ‘sign up now’ button. You’ll need to have decided which challenge you’ll be doing – abseil plus zip line, or zip line only – then it’ll just take a few minutes to register (don’t forget to have your credit or debit card handy).

Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.

Is there a minimum age limit?

All participants must be aged 18 or over on the date of the event.

Do I have to wear a helmet to take part?

Yes. You will also be provided with full safety equipment and harnesses. Upon arrival, you will be given a full induction, including a health and safety briefing, and be kitted up before heading out to the bridge, with trained professionals on hand to ensure that you’re ready to take on this exhilarating challenge! 

Will I fit the harness?

Please note participants’ requirements to fit in the harness:

A minimum height of 1.4m

A weight of less than 20.5 stone/130kg

Able to wear a full body harness which has a maximum waist of 125cm and leg loops of 80cm. Anyone who does not fit into a harness correctly cannot participate in the activity.

Can I withdraw or defer my entry?

If you’re no longer able to take part in the event, please email the events team or call 0141 243 5361 to let us know. Please note that your registration fee is non-refundable.

How fit do I need to be to do this challenge?

This challenge requires a good level of fitness as both abseiling down the bridge and using the zip line requires physical exertion to complete the descent. You are responsible for ensuring that you are in a fit state to participate in the challenge and are able to participate in a manner which will not put your health & safety at risk.

Please note that for the abseil, you will need to be comfortable within confined spaces when travelling to the top of the highline and will be required to climb a 15m vertical ladder.

What happens if the weather isn't good?

The one aspect of your day that is out of our control is the weather. In the event of high winds, we may need to postpone or cancel the event. In this case, you will be contacted by a member of The Prince’s Trust team to inform you of what happens at that point. Please hold Sunday 7 June 2020 as a back up date for this event, in case of re-scheduling.

How do I get to and from Forth Road Bridge Highlines?

We ask that participants meet The Prince’s Trust Team for registration on the day at the Contact and Education Centre, Adjacent to Forth Road Bridge Administration Building, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9SF.

By rail:

The closest railway station is Dalmeny (serving South Queensferry) to the south of the Forth Bridge. ScotRail services stop at this station and takes approximately 20 minutes from Edinburgh Waverley and about 15 minutes from Dunfermline Town. There are reduced services in evenings and on weekends, so do make sure to check the timetables and plan your journey.

By bus:

There are number of bus services that stop at the south end of the Forth Road Bridge and South Queensferry town centre.

By car:

Parking will be available on site. Exit the M90 at Junction 1A Queensferry and head east along the A904 Builyeon Road. Cross the roundabout a the south end of the Forth Road Bridge then turn left into Ferrymuir Gait, following the road past the Shell petrol station to reach the car park.

Are any refreshments provided?

Refreshments of Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day. We recommend that you bring some of your favourite snacks and a packed lunch as we are unable to provide food at this event.

Can my friends and family come and watch me?

Yes, there is a limited number of guests that can attend with participants. Please do not bring more than 3 guests with you. For more information, please contact our team.

What happens if I can't make it on the day?

If you think you will not be able to make it on the day, please let our team know as soon as possible. We will approach each case individually, but it is important for us to know in advance of potential absence.

What should I wear?

Your shoulders, midriff and legs should be covered. No loose clothing please. Long hair must be tied back. Jewellery and scarves must be removed.

On your feet it is essential that you wear stout, lace-up, non-slip footwear – anyone wearing unsuitable footwear will not be permitted to access the bridge.

Can I bring my own camera or smartphone?

No. No loose items can be carried during the abseil or zip for health and safety reasons. However, we will have a dedicated photographer present on the day.

Will there be toilets?

Yes, there will be toilet facilities available.

How do I use JustGiving for online fundraising?

The easiest way to fundraise is to use a JustGiving page. You can set up your Just Giving fundraising page here.

Make your page as interesting as possible by adding photos and videos and letting everyone know why you’re raising money for vulnerable young people through participating in the Forth Road Bridge Highlines. Share your page on Facebook & Twitter and email it to your friends and family. More and more donations are being made via social media, so be sure to share a link to your page!

Don’t forget, you can also use the JustGiving app on your iPhone or Android to update your page. You can also use this handy fundraising checklist to make sure you have everything covered.

Can I raise sponsorship using another online provider?

We would prefer you to use JustGiving. Over 21 million people have raised £1.5 billion for charity on JustGiving. The site makes online fundraising simple, fast, effective and fun. If, however you would like to use another provider please do speak to us so we can ensure we'll recognise your fundraising efforts when they arrive (not all sites send through fundraiser details).

How do I reach my sponsorship target?

We are here to help you fundraise every step of the way. The Prince’s Trust ask that everyone taking part in both the abseil and zip line must commit to fundraising a minimum of £700 per person and everyone taking part in the zip line challenge must commit to raise a minimum of £300 per person. Check out our fundraising tips for ideas to help you hit your target.

How do I send in the sponsorship I have collected?

All sponsorship collected on JustGiving will be directly transferred to us. If you have collected any cash or cheques in support of your fundraising you can send this in to us at the following address:

Prince's Trust South London Centre, 8 Glade Path, London, SE1 8EG

Please make sure cheques are made payable to ‘The Prince's Trust’ and include a reference (i.e. your full name and the event name) so we know which record to allocate the money to. If you are in any doubt, please contact a member of our team before sending the funds.

Posting to our South London centre is temporarily unavailable and will be diverted and held at a sorting office until further notice. 

What happens if I don't reach the fundraising target?

If you do not feel you can raise the minimum sponsorship, then please do get in touch. We are here to help in any way we can to support your fundraising efforts.