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TITLE
Old bridge at Dornie
EXTERNAL ID
HC_PLANNING_01_007A_0201
PLACENAME
Dornie
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Kintail
DATE OF IMAGE
September 1967
PERIOD
1960s
CREATOR
T. Kenneth MacKenzie
SOURCE
The Highland Council Planning Department
ASSET ID
13629
KEYWORDS
bridge
loch
village
Old bridge at Dornie

Dornie Bridge, situated at the foot of Loch Long close to where it met Loch Duich and Loch Alsh, was officially opened on Tuesday 30th April 1940 and replaced a ferry which had crossed between Dornie and Ardelve. When the project was proposed in the late 1920s, the local community was split between those who viewed the construction as positive in making more accessible the route to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye, and those who felt the bridge would destroy the scenery surrounding Eilean Donan Castle and who preferred a new road following Loch Long and linking with a route to Inverness.

The structure itself was 750 feet long, with a roadway of 16½ feet, and a walkway of 5 feet. It was supported by 15 reinforced concrete spans with a 40 foot clear waterway. Tolls came into effect on 1st May 1940, but were abandoned in 1946. The bridge was replaced with a much larger two lane structure in 1991.

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Old bridge at Dornie

ROSS: Kintail

1960s

bridge; loch; village

The Highland Council Planning Department

The Highland Council Planning Dept

Dornie Bridge, situated at the foot of Loch Long close to where it met Loch Duich and Loch Alsh, was officially opened on Tuesday 30th April 1940 and replaced a ferry which had crossed between Dornie and Ardelve. When the project was proposed in the late 1920s, the local community was split between those who viewed the construction as positive in making more accessible the route to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye, and those who felt the bridge would destroy the scenery surrounding Eilean Donan Castle and who preferred a new road following Loch Long and linking with a route to Inverness. <br /> <br /> The structure itself was 750 feet long, with a roadway of 16½ feet, and a walkway of 5 feet. It was supported by 15 reinforced concrete spans with a 40 foot clear waterway. Tolls came into effect on 1st May 1940, but were abandoned in 1946. The bridge was replaced with a much larger two lane structure in 1991.