Tummel Bridge

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Tummel Bridge
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Location
Tummel Bridge
County
Perthshire
Highway Authority
Perth & Kinross
Opening Date
1733
On road(s)
B846
Crossings related to the B846
Aberfeldy Bridge • Bridge of Ericht • Bridge of Gaur • Kinloch Rannoch Bridge

The small village of Tummel Bridge at the head of Loch Tummel takes its name from the Bridge that General Wade built here in 1733 to carry his Military Road south from Dalnacradoch on the A9 to his bridge at Aberfeldy. That old bridge still stands, although today it is only open to pedestrians, cyclists etc., with a much more boring structure carrying the road alongside.

Wade's Bridge

The old bridge, built in 1733-4 is a rather unusual plan, presumably built as such to cross the river as easily as possible. On the north side, a small arch sits on the river bank, before a kink to the right on the steadily climbing roadway takes us on to the hump-backed main arch across the river. The bridge parapets almost take on a triangular shape at the top, with a small weathered datestone above the arch. The whole structure is built of local rubble stone.

Modern Bridge

The New bridge

Whilst shrouded in scaffolding on a recent visit, the new bridge is a dual-span girder bridge, with the northern span being the shorter of the two. The middle pier appears to be built of concrete, and balanced on rocks on the northern river bank, with only the southern span crossing the river (as with the old bridge). Unlike most girder bridges, where the girders sit under the deck, here the girders form the parapets like a Truss Bridge.



Tummel Bridge
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Crossings of the River Tay, and Tributaries
River TayKenmore Bridge • Aberfeldy Bridge • Grandtully Bridge • Pitnacree Bridge • Logierait Bridge • A9 Tay Bridge • Dunkeld Bridge • Caputh Bridge • Perth Bridge • Queens Bridge • Friarton Bridge • Tay Road Bridge
Fillan, Dochart & LochayWhite Bridge (Strathfillan) • Killin Bridge • Bridge of Lochay
River LyonBridge of Balgie • Bridge of Lyon • Comrie Bridge
River TummelKinloch Rannoch Bridge • Tummel Bridge • Coronation Bridge (Pitlochry) • Aldour Bridge • A9 Tummel Bridge • Ballinluig Bridge
River Garry and TributariesTrinafour Bridge  • Struan Bridge • Bruar Bridge • Dalnaspidal Bridge • Edendon Bridge • Allt Geallaidh Bridge • Dalnamein Bridge • Bridge of Tilt • A9 Garry Bridge • Garry Bridge