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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.

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.

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.

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