I've been having a look through some of my older photos and thought I'd post a few on here, bridges I've not visited recently but which are interesting enough to feature. The first two or three are all from Scotland.
Craigmin Bridge is one of Scotland's great hidden secrets. I always think of it as Scotland's Pont du Gard, although it's clearly not as spectacular. I discovered it thanks to Gillian Nelson's brilliant book Highland Bridges, and without prior knowledge, it's not something you'd stumble upon, located as it is on a private estate at the end of a farm track near Buckie in north-east Scotland.
My photos only really hint at what is there: to properly understand it, you could try the photo linked from the Google Map below, or Nelson's book has an excellent picture.
The bridge is in multiple tiers. The lowest is a single segmental arch spanning the Burn of Buckie. Above this sit two semi-circular arches, each resting on the centre of the lower arch. The central pier between these arches is pierced at a higher level by a further arch, and above that, still another tiny arch forms a niche within the parapet.
The centre pier on the middle level is hollow, containing a small room which can be reached by doorways in the mid-level arch barrels. The purpose of the room is unknown, as this is not a bridge which has any form of recorded history.
Nor is it clear whether the lowest arch was built first, with the others added later, or whether they were all built together, perhaps at the same time as the nearby Robert Adam-designed Letterfourie House (1773).
It's an excellent bridge, and well worth a visit.
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