|Location Map ( geo)|
|Junctions related to the A944|
|Junctions related to the A97|
|Junctions related to the Highland Tourist Route|
Deskry Bridge is a 3 stone arch structure spanning the small River Deskry a short distance upstream from its confluence with the Don, and to the east of the small village of Strathdon. It was built in 1858 and is believed to have been constructed to take the main road away from Castle Newe on the north bank of the Don - this also involved the construction of two new bridges over the Don. The bridge itself has one main arch over the river with a much smaller flood arch on either bank. These also serve as farm accesses connecting the fields either side of the road.
The bridge carries a roadway of average width between stone parapets without decoration. There are very shallow pilaster mouldings at the abutments and piers on the face of the bridge, and an ashlar course contrasting with the squared up rubble of the bridge which runs along roughly at road level.
Immediately to the west of the bridge is the junction between the A97 and the A944. The two routes then multiplex across the bridge, and continue north east for several miles. The junction itself is a simple T junction, without any turning lanes, but the roads are quiet enough that there are rarely any holdups at this rural junction. Presumably, prior to the diversion of the road that has become the A944 / A97 across the bridges the route south to Ballater followed the River Don westwards along the minor road into Strathdon village, where the bridge site is somewhat older than those built in the 1850s. However, the older route lies a little up the hill to the south, and is a military road built in the late 18th Century, and remained on the south side of the Don for several miles to both east and west.
|Glenkindie, Kildrummy, Huntly, Alford (A944)|
|Ballater, Braemar (A93)|
|Bellabeg, Strathdon, Corgaff, Tomintoul (A939)|