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Clachan Duich Bridge

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Clachan Duich Bridge
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From:  Shiel Bridge
To:  Inverinate
Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
Opening Date
1815, 1970s
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Concrete Bridge
Engineer:  Thomas Telford
On road(s)
Crossings related to the A87
Aerial view of the bridge and causeway from the east

The Clachan Duich Bridge forms part of the Morvich Causeway across the head of Loch Duich in Kintail. It was built to divert the A87 away from the narrow roads and old Croe Bridge in Morvich itself.

The Causeway

Spanning over a quarter of a mile, the Causeway at the head of Loch Duich takes traffic away from the small village of Morvich. The causeway curves from northeast to northwest before crossing the Clachan Duich Bridge at the northern end. The road lands beneath the ruined chapel that once served this part of Kintail.

The Causeway is constructed of large rocks piled into the water, or at least onto the beach at low tide! Smaller, looser material appears to have been used at the northern end, and the verges either side of the road are grassed, with some bushes. Barriers run the full length of the causeway on both sides of the road. It was built during the 1970s, although a precise date has not yet been found.

Clachan Duich Bridge

The bridge across the River Croe in the Morvich Causeway is a three span concrete structure. There are angled abutments at either end around the stone base of the causeway.

Croe Bridge

The old Croe Bridge is still used by the local road through Morvich. It was originally built in 1815 by Thomas Telford as part of his Highland Roads. There are three wide arches across the river, making it one of the largest bridges Telford built on his road from Invermoriston to Lochalsh.

Clachan Duich Bridge
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Morvich-cswy1.jpgA87 bridge near Morvich - Coppermine - 5936.jpgA87-duich1.jpgA87 Clachan Duich Bridge - aerial view from east.jpg

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