|Location Map ( geo)|
|Crossings related to the A83|
|Crossings related to the Argyll Coastal Route|
After emerging from Glen Kinglas below the Rest and be Thankful, the A83 reaches the head of Loch Fyne. Here it turns north east first, before crossing the River Fyne and returning along the opposite shore. The bridge across the river was originally constructed many years ago, but has more recently been replaced with a modern structure a little closer to the loch.
The Old Bridge
The old bridge has four stone arches spanning the river, and while it may look like one would have sufficed, the river is still tidal to just beyond the bridge, and can also become a raging torrent after heavy rain! The bridge lies on the old military road from Glasgow to Inveraray, and was presumably built as part of that route in the middle of the 18th century (the date of 1745 given by Historic Scotland seems too early, as the second phase of road building did not commence until after the 1746 battle of Culloden).
The bridge is narrow, only really permitting one-way traffic, and unlike many others does not appear to have been widened.
The New Bridge
A little further downstream, the new bridge crosses the river on a sweeping curve, slightly shortening the journey round the loch! The bridge is a fairly standard concrete structure, with two pairs of piers set in the riverbed