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Bridge of Orchy

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Bridge of Orchy
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From:  Bridge of Orchy
To:  Forest Lodge
Bridge of Orchy
Highway Authority
Argyll and Bute
Opening Date
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
Engineer:  Major William Caulfeild
On road(s)
C63 (Argyll)

The bridge that gives its name to Bridge of Ochy was built by General Caulfeild in 1751. This is one of the most imposing structures that he constructed on all of his Highland Roads, as he favoured taking almost any route to reduce the cost of building bridges - as can be seen further north along the old road, and indeed at the Devils Staircase near Glencoe.

It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that the bridge is a very simple single stone arch, which actually constricts the width of the River Orchy as it flows underneath. As the modern surfaced carriageway is narrower than the width of the bridge, there are 'pavements' on either side which are still flagged with paving similar to that which would have originally been used to surface the bridge. With the tarmac at a lower level than these edges, it seems unlikely that this is the original surface, but it does give a good idea of what the bridge originally looked like.


With the new road across Rannoch Moor that opened in about 1932, the need to cross the River Orchy was removed, as the A82 now crosses the Water of Tulla some distance upstream. The new road also resulted in a new junction for the A82, where it crosses the old road. This is a crossroads, outside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, with the old road still public highway in both directions. To the East, it climbs the hill to the station, where it now stops, the old road beyond only open as part of the West Highland Way long distance path. To the west, the old road still runs down to cross the bridge, and continues for roughly 5 miles out to Forest Lodge, the old terminus of the now defunct A8005.

Bridge of Orchy
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Crossings of the River Awe, Orchy & Tributaries
Tulla Bridge • Victoria Bridge (Rannoch Moor) • Bridge of Orchy • Allt Chonoglais Bridge • Inverlochy Bridge • Dalmally Bridge • Kilchurn Bridge • Cladich Bridge • Bridge of Awe • Connel Bridge
Features of the A82 Corridor
Route HistoryA82Great Western Road • Loch Lomond • Glen Falloch • Srathfillan • Rannoch Moor • Glencoe • Ballachulish - Fort William • Fort William - Fort Augustus • Loch Ness
Associated Routes: A805 • A829 • A876 • A8005 • B810 • B848 • B863 • B8040
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DestinationsGlasgow • Clydebank • Erskine Bridge • Dumbarton • Tarbet • Crianlarich • Tyndrum • Fort William • Lochybridge • Spean Bridge • Inverness

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