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Garry Bridge

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Garry Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Killiecrankie Pass
To:  Strath Tummel
Location
Linn of Tummel
County
Perthshire
Highway Authority
Perth and Kinross
Opening Date
c1720s, 1833, 1968
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Girder Bridge
On road(s)
B8019

The Garry Bridge carries the B8019 across the River Garry just north of the Linn of Tummel, the vast pool where the Garry flows into the River Tummel. It is an audacious bridge, a mind blowing structure in many ways, but you have to get out of the car and take the path down the gorge to see just how impressive this bridge is!

When driving across, the trees hardly seem to break for the river, let alone the railway line which is crossed at the eastern end. And yet, the bridge soars some 20+ metres above the river below. To put that into context, the bridge piers are about as high as a 9 or 10 storey building!

The bridge itself is two lanes, with pavements on both sides, making it by far and away the highest quality section of the B8019! It is carried across the gorge by three spans of steel girders, supported by two pairs of piers.

History

However, this is not the first bridge to carry the road across the Garry. In 1698 when the Battle of Killiecrankie was fought, the crossing was made by a centuries old ferry service, but it is believed that a bridge was constructed at around the same time that General Wade built his Military Road through the pass in the 1720s. This bridge was almost certainly sited where the modern footbridge is, a little upstream of the current road bridge.

In 1833, a replacement bridge was constructed, similar in style to the one crossing the river at the village of Killiecrankie to the north. It is probably the stonework of this structure that survives below the footbridge on the east bank of the river. The tarred road also seems to meet this structure. However, in the trees on either side are concrete pillars, a pair on either bank, which suggest a much more skewed structure. On the east bank they are blocked by an old stone wall, suggesting that they were never part of a bridge, but their presence is intriguing.





Garry Bridge
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Crossings of the River Tay, and Tributaries
River TayKenmore Bridge • Aberfeldy Bridge • Grandtully Bridge • Pitnacree Bridge • Logierait Bridge • A9 Tay Bridge • Dunkeld Bridge • Caputh Bridge • Perth Bridge • Queens Bridge • Friarton Bridge • Tay Road Bridge
Fillan, Dochart & LochayWhite Bridge (Strathfillan) • Killin Bridge • Bridge of Lochay
River LyonBridge of Balgie • Bridge of Lyon • Comrie Bridge
River TummelKinloch Rannoch Bridge • Tummel Bridge • Coronation Bridge (Pitlochry) • Aldour Bridge • A9 Tummel Bridge • Ballinluig Bridge
River Garry and TributariesTrinafour Bridge  • Struan Bridge • Bruar Bridge • Dalnaspidal Bridge • Edendon Bridge • Allt Geallaidh Bridge • Dalnamein Bridge • Bridge of Tilt • A9 Garry Bridge • Garry Bridge

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