|Location Map ( geo)|
|Crossings related to the A896|
Tornapress Bridge lies next to the A896 near the junction with the road over the Bealach na Ba. The road is now carried over the Allt Mor on an elongated culvert, which also passes under a field entrance, but the old bridge still stands just above the road, its embankments cut off at either end by the new road line. The old bridge is a single stone arch built by Thomas Telford as part of his commission on Highland Roads and Bridges in 1815. Whilst it shares many features with the standard single arch design, there are some noticeable differences. The springing of the arch is very low, with the abutments built into the channel rather than on the bank, and while the abutments are battered as normal, it seems much more pronounced on this structure. The parapets curve down at the ends, but also flare out (a feature which often applies to later Telford bridges), and there is some buttressing to the corners.
A short distance to the north of the bridge, the A896 meets the eastern end of the famous Bealach na Ba route over to Applecross. The junction is a simple T junction, but marks the end of the two-way section of road from Kishorn, with both the A896 and Bealach na Ba rapidly reducing to single track beyond the junction. The route of the A896 was completed in 1819, with the road to Applecross built by the laird, using experience gained as a contractor for the commissioners, in 1825/26.