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Cromdale Bridge

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Cromdale Bridge
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From:  Cromdale
To:  Boat of Cromdale
Mains of Cromdale
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Bridge Type:  Truss Bridge
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Cromdale Bridge

This very utilitarian, modern steel truss bridge should sit ill at ease next to the pretty old parish church, but thanks to some neighbouring trees and the scenic backdrop of Strathspey, it is difficult to see the two together, and when you do the surrounding landscape tends to take over!

The Bridge

The steel lattice work truss bridge originally spanned the river in two gos, with a central pier to support the middle of the bridge. At either end are concrete and stone abutments, however at some point in the last few years the eastern abutment was either damaged or succumbed to the weather and so an additional, temporary(?), pier has been added very close to the rivers eastern bank.

Whilst the bridge may not be the most important crossing of the river, it is likely to be a tricky operation to carry out a proper repair, or replacement in the location.


As with many of the bridges across the Spey, the one at Cromdale appears to have replaced an ancient ferry, as the place name 'Boat of Cromdale' appears just a little downstream. In the past, it is likely that the ferry would have been connected to the church which stands immediately east of the bridge.

The present structure is at least the third bridge on this site. A suspension bridge was built here around 1881 by Louis Harper. It was washed away in 1894 and was replaced by another suspension bridge. This too collapsed and was replaced by the current bridge in 1922. It was constructed by Dorman Long, whose main claim to fame is the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The supports for the earlier bridge, which was on a slightly different alignment, are still visible.


CANMORE site record for Cromdale Bridge

Am Baile picture of the 1894 suspension bridge

Harper Bridges pictures of the 1881 and 1894 bridges

Cromdale Bridge
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Crossings of the River Spey & Tributaries
River SpeyGarva Bridge • Spey Dam Bridge • Laggan Bridge • Spey Bridge (Newtonmore) • Ruthven Bridge • Kincraig Bridge • Spey Bridge (Aviemore) • Boat of Garten Bridge • Broomhill Bridge • New Speybridge • Old Speybridge • Cromdale Bridge • Advie Bridge • Blacksboat Bridge • Carron Bridge (Speyside) • Craigellachie Bridge • Boat O'Brig • Fochabers Bridge
River FiddichBridge of Fiddich • Bridge of Poolinch • Bridge of Auchindoun • Bridgehaugh
Avon & LivetBridge of Avon (Ballindalloch) • Silver Bridge (Strathavon) • Bridge of Avon (Tomintoul) •  • Drumin Bridge • Bridge of Livet (Glenlivet) • Bridge of Livet (Tomnavoulin)
River DulnainDulnain Bridge • Carr Bridge • A9 Dulnain Bridge • Sluggan Bridge
Other Tributary CrossingsTromie Bridge • Feshie Bridge • Coylum Bridge • Nethy Bridge

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