could not pass
without comment. There are two road bridges here, one which carried the old
road to Braemar across the River Dee, and one which replaced it. Both are
multiple span arch bridges. We didn’t stop to photograph the Old Invercauld
Bridge , but its older
companion is a very striking structure. New Invercauld
The old bridge was built in about 1752 as part of Major William Caulfield's programme to build a network of military roads across Scotland. It's now a Scheduled Monument.
It has six spans of rubble masonry, with the spans varying from 10 feet to 68 feet. Huge flagstone-topped triangular cutwaters punctuate both faces.
In 1859, it was bypassed by a new three-span masonry arch bridge, built by J F Beattie at the instigation of Prince Albert. This then carried the Aberdeen to Braemar road, now the A93. The old bridge became part of the Balmoral Estate, and remains so. It's private property, and although there is a public right to walk across it, visitors need to find somewhere on the main road to park.
We didn't have time to get very good photos, but hopefully this one gives some idea of its rough-hewn, robust magnificence.
As a PS for anyone wondering when this series of posts will actually come to an end, we are getting close. There’s one more bridge from the second day of our trip, and then four bridges from the final day. All five may well be the best from the entire journey.
- Google maps
- Scottish Highland Bridges
- Aberdeenshire SMR
- Scotland's Places
- British Bridges (Public Works, Road and Transport Congress, 1933)
- Bridges in Britain (Wood, 1970)
- Highland Bridges (Nelson, 1990)
- Civil Engineering Heritage - Scotland Highlands and Islands (Paxton and Shipway, 2007)
- An Encyclopaedia of Britain's Bridges (McFetrich, 2010)