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Achany Bridge

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Achany Bridge
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From:  Invershin
To:  Lairg
Highway Authority
Opening Date
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
Engineer:  Joseph Mitchell
On road(s)
Crossings related to the B864

Achany Bridge carries the B864 over the Grudie Burn in Achany Glen. It is a plain single stone arch with battered abutments and parapets which curve down into the ground at either end, design features of the bridges designed by Thomas Telford as part of his commission on Highland Roads and Bridges. However, the B864 was not a road built by the commissioners, so it is likely that the bridge dates from the later 1820s when Telfords former apprentice, Joseph Mitchell worked as county surveyor in Sutherland and built much of the current road network across the county.

Curiously, there is some stonework on the riverbank immediately upstream of the current bridge which has been identified as possibly being bridge abutments from a previous crossing. While, in many ways, this is unlikely, it is not impossible.

Achany Bridge

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