Ballachulish Bridge

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Canmore ID 76815
Site Number NN05NE 14
NGR NN 05198 59754
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District LOCHABER
Former County ARGYLL
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc From NN 05205 59936 to NN 05194 59644

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South Ballachulish Important ferry crossing point at the perilous narrows of Loch Leven, linking Netherlochaber to North Appin. In 1975 the ferry was replaced by that now familiar but not particularly edifying landmark of heavy steel, the Ballachulish Bridge.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

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Archaeological Notes


Project Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Highlands snd Islands

Notes This bridge over Loch Etive, erected in 1974, replaced the Ballachulish Ferry on the A82 road between Glencoe and Fort William. An arch bridge was originally suggested because of the scenic nature of the site, but eventually the somewhat utilitarian asymmetrical N-truss was chosen.
Various paint schemes have been tried of which the present dark green olive colour blends in well with the landscape.
The bridge has spans from the south of 95 ft, 600 ft and 269 ft in the form of a continuous beam. It was created as a design and build project and constructed in steel by the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company and superintended by consulting engineers W. A. Fairhurst and Partners.
By way of contrast, about 25 miles west is the Ardtonish Estate suspension footbridge [NW 6992 501] erected in 1892. Although of less than 40 ft main span,
and late for a wrought iron example, it is probably unique in Scotland in having a single Catenarian suspension cable (iron rod) with walk-through cradle-type
hangers beneath supporting a timber deck. It crosses the Abhainna Ghlinne Ghill water and was designed by Samuel Barrham, architect.
R Paxton and J Shipway 2007b

Reproduced from 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders' with kind permission of Thomas Telford Publishers.

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Notes This project was undertaken to input site information listed in 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Highlands and Islands' by R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.

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Scottish Highland Bridges

Books and References

Miers, M (2008) The Western Seaboard: an illustrated architectural guide, Edinburgh

Paxton and Shipway, R and J (2007b) Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Highlands and Islands, London
Held at RCAHMS J.5.41.PAX

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