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Sligachan Bridge

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Sligachan Bridge
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From  : Broadford
To  : Portree
Location
Sligachan
County
Inverness-shire
Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
On road(s)
A87
Crossings related to the A87
Clachan Duich Bridge • Dornie Bridge • Eas-nan-Arm Bridge • Glenelg - Kylerhea Ferry • Invergarry Bridge • Moriston Bridge • Raasay Ferry • River Loyne Bridge • Shiel Bridge (Kintail) • Skye Bridge • Uig - North Uist Ferry • Uig-Harris Ferry
Sligachan has long been an important junction on Skye, and the bridge across the River Sligachan forms part of the only road leading to the west end of the island.

The Old Bridge

The oldest known bridge is that still standing alongside the modern road. Whether it replaced an even older bridge, or more likely a ford, is uncertain. The bridge itself appears to have been built in the 1820s and consists of three arches. The middle arch is the widest, but the side arches are not mere flood arches, as the River Sligachan is a wide and ferocious piece of water for most of the year. The roadway is slightly humpbacked over the large central arch and only single track.

The New Bridge

The new bridge at Sligachan is similar in style to the many 1930s bridges built in the Highlands, although a definite date has not yet been found. It has a single, wide concrete arch to span the river, and is then rubble faced to help it blend into the landscape. The junction between the A87 and A863 remains immediately to the west of the bridge, with the slight change being that the A863 has been extended slightly northwards to meet the A87s new alignment.



Sligachan Bridge