Craigellachie Bridge, Speyside, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on an iconic example of Scottish industrial history, namely the bridge over the River Spey at Craigellachie in Speyside, Scotland.

Summary facts and information as follows:

  • Designed by Scottish born engineer, Thomas Telford (1757-1834). Telford had a prodigious work output which included the Caledonian Canal plus numerous churches and other bridges and an aqueduct.
  • A prefabricated, lattice-lozenge arch design. The bridge was cast in sections in Wales and then transported to Craigellachie by sea and land.
  • Spans 150 feet.
  • Built 1812-15.
  • Ranks as oldest surviving cast iron bridge in Scotland.
  • Castellated stone abutments support four ribs which form the single arch. The roadway is carried by latticed girders.
  • Refurbished in 1963 and closed permanently to motor traffic in 1972 when replaced by a new, reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge remains in good repair and is open for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
  • The bridge featured on a British postage stamp in 2015.
  • The bridge is within walking distance of the village of Craigellachie which sits at the heart of Scotland’s whisky industry.

Craigellachie Bridge, Speyside, Scotland

Craigellachie Bridge, Speyside, Scotland

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