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General Wades Bridges

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General Wade was responsible for the construction of the military roads built in the Scottish Highlands after the 1715 Jacobite uprising. Most of these roads were built in the 1720s, connecting together the new forts built through the Great Glen, at Ruthven on Speyside and other smaller military sites.

During the course of building these roads, a great number of water courses were crossed. Whenever possible, Wade tried to gain height to allow the construction of culverts or fords in place of Bridges, but he was not always able to do so, and so a significant number of bridges were constructed. Many of the bridges were built sometime later than the roads that crossed them. Below is an incomplete list of those that still stand!

Fort William to Fort Ness Road

Whilst this route is now the A82, the old road followed the east bank of Loch Oich and also Loch Ness, using the B862 and B852.

Image Name Classified Road(s) Date More Info Map
Highbr2.jpg High Bridge (Spean Bridge) near the A82 1736 Partially collapsed, and now dangerous, but with plans for a restoration
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Old-gloy-br.jpg Old Bridge (Invergloy) near A82 A single stone arch, replaced by the New Bridge (Invergloy) for A82 traffic but still in use as access to Glen Gloy and Glen Fintaig
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Old bridge over the Allt Doe - Geograph - 121716.jpg Allt Doe Bridge B862 1732 Replaced by a new bridge
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B862-whitebr1.jpg White Bridge (Whitebridge) B862 1733 Actually constructed by Caulfeild, now replaced by a modern bridge
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Photo-required.png Inverfarigaig Bridge B852 c1730 Replaced by a new bridge
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Crieff and Dunkeld to Inverness Roads

From Crieff, Wade's Road is now the A822, A826 and B846 to Dalnacardoch where it meets the Dunkeld Road, now the A9.

Image Name Classified Road(s) Date More Info Map
Aberfeldy-br.jpg Aberfeldy Bridge B846 1733 The grandest of Wades Bridges, and the only one to still carry a classified road.
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Tummel-br1.jpg Tummel Bridge B846 1730 or 1733 Superseded by new parallel bridge
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Trinafour-old-br.jpg Trinafour Bridge B847, Tummel Bridge to Drumochter Road 1730s Replaced by new bridge downstream
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Dalnacardoch-br.jpg Dalnacardoch Bridge Tummel Bridge to Drumochter Road 1730s A single stone arch across the River Garry close to the A9 at Dalnacardoch Lodge. Still in use
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Dalnamein-wade2.jpg Dalnamein Bridge A9 Old Bridge believed to be by Wade, now twice replaced.
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Photo-required.png Wade Bridge (Dalwhinnie) A9 / A889 c1728 One main arch over the river, with a small flood arch on the west bank. Replaced by new bridge
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Photo-required.png Bridge of Etteridge former A9 c1728 Replaced by Crubenmore Bridge, still in use to access Crubenbeg
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Photo-required.png Bridge over Milton Burn Abandoned c1810
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Corrieyairack Pass

The Corrieyairack Pass has never been a classified road, and is now mostly a public right of way, becoming a road at the eastern end.

Image Name Classified Road(s) Date More Info Map
Garva-br1.jpg Garva Bridge Corrieyairack Pass 1731 The highest bridge on the Spey
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