The Bridge of Cally spans the River Ardle just upstream from its confluence with the Ericht and carries the A93 on its journey north up Glen Shee. The bridge is a single stone arch which is believed to be Victorian in origin, although it has been repaired and strengthened over the years, with iron straps holding the stonework together and a corrugated metal arch inserted under the bridge to add further support. The bridge carries a narrow two lane road, although large vehicles often cross the white line due to the bends at either end. Despite the large number of tourists who stop in the village each year, the pavements are barely two kerb stones wide and are designed more to keep traffic away from the parapets than for pedestrians.
The current bridge replaces the original bridge which lay a little further upstream, towards the end of the hotel lawns. Nothing seems to survive of this structure which was built by major Caulfeild in the 1750s as part of his military road north from Perth to Braemar and beyond. That bridge is also recorded as being a single stone arch, but sat lower down the gully through which the river flows, with steep roads dropping down on either side. It is believed that some of the old road survives within the gardens of the Post Office on the north bank, but this is now private ground and there is no access.
The junction beyond the bridge
Immediately to the north of the bridge, the A93 turns sharply to the right to negotiate the steep hill on this side of the river. To the left, the A924 comes to an end at a simple give way junction, having crossed the hills from Pitlochry to the west. The A924 almost immediately starts climbing, and narrows to be barely wide enough for two cars to pass. It takes some distance before the route has climbed clear of the narrow ledge into which it is cut in this steep valley. The A93, on the other hand, quite quickly finds flatter ground with a shorter climb, and becomes wider as it passes through the small village.