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Rhiconich Bridge

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Rhiconich Bridge
Drochaid Ruidh a Choinich
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Durness
To:  Laxford Bridge
Highway Authority
Opening Date
1834, 1990s
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
On road(s)
Crossings related to the A838
Crossings related to the North and West Highlands Route
The New Bridge

Rhiconoich Bridge carries the A838 across the Rhiconich River as it flows out into Loch Inchard. The new bridge is a giant culvert, constructed from sectional concrete pipe built into a rock embankment across the head of the loch. It carries an S2 road on a new, straighter alignment bypassing the old bridge. Wire rope barriers line either side of the road in lieu of parapets. The road was upgraded as part of the improved access to the fishing port of Kinlochbervie, a short distance to the north west along the B801. Considering the spectacular setting of the bridge, it seems a shame that something a little more elegant couldn't have been constructed here, as has been done elsewhere in the area.

The Old Bridge

The Old Bridge

The original bridge at Rhiconich lies a short distance upstream on a loop of road still open to traffic as property accesses. It was built in 1834 by the Duke of Sutherland, and is a matching pair to the Drochaid Mhor further north. Both bridges were built to designs by Thomas Telford, and so if features the battered abutments, and parapet design typical of his work in the Highlands.

Rhiconich Bridge
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The road bridge at Rhiconich - Geograph - 2974308.jpgThe Old Bridge from the New Bridge - Geograph - 820938.jpgRhiconich-br1.jpgRhiconich-br2.jpg

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