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Kerrisdale Bridge near Gairloch

This postcard shows Kerrisdale, or Kerrysdale, Bridge, near Gairloch.

Situated at the junction with the main road to Gairloch this bridge over the River Kerry carries the single track road to Badachro and the other small hamlets on the southern shore of Loch Gairloch. The road ends at remote Redpoint, a small settlement with a fine beach of reddish sand and wonderful views to Skye.

The old Gaelic name for Kerrysdale is "a chathair Bheag" meaning the little fairy knoll. The name "Kerry" is form the Old Norse and means copse.

The River Kerry flows from Loch na h-Oidche, meaning loch of the night, just over three miles to Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross. The upper reaches are fast flowing through a deep gorge and in the 1950s a small hydro-electric power station was built on the river harnessing the waters of the Kerry Falls. It originally provided power for the local community but is now part of the National Grid.

The contractor was William Logan (1913-1966) head of the building firm of Duncan Logan Ltd. of Muir of Ord, better known as the contractors for the Tay Bridge. William Logan was the founder of Loganair in 1962. From its beginnings as an air taxi service for the company it became known as Scotland's airline and today operates a network of internal and inter-island routes. William Logan was killed in January 1966 when the aircraft in which he was the sole passenger crashed on Dunain Hill near Inverness.

The lower reaches of the Kerry River supports one of the healthiest populations of freshwater pearl mussels in the United Kingdom and is one of the most important strongholds of this rare, threatened species in Europe. This has resulted in the River Kerry qualifying as Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a Special Area of Conservation. In the United Kingdom freshwater pearl mussels are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Kerrysdale House, seen in the background, was built as a farmhouse by the Mackenzies of Gairloch in 1793.


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Kerrisdale Bridge near Gairloch

ROSS: Gairloch

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This postcard shows Kerrisdale, or Kerrysdale, Bridge, near Gairloch. <br /> <br /> Situated at the junction with the main road to Gairloch this bridge over the River Kerry carries the single track road to Badachro and the other small hamlets on the southern shore of Loch Gairloch. The road ends at remote Redpoint, a small settlement with a fine beach of reddish sand and wonderful views to Skye. <br /> <br /> The old Gaelic name for Kerrysdale is "a chathair Bheag" meaning the little fairy knoll. The name "Kerry" is form the Old Norse and means copse.<br /> <br /> The River Kerry flows from Loch na h-Oidche, meaning loch of the night, just over three miles to Loch Gairloch in Wester Ross. The upper reaches are fast flowing through a deep gorge and in the 1950s a small hydro-electric power station was built on the river harnessing the waters of the Kerry Falls. It originally provided power for the local community but is now part of the National Grid. <br /> <br /> The contractor was William Logan (1913-1966) head of the building firm of Duncan Logan Ltd. of Muir of Ord, better known as the contractors for the Tay Bridge. William Logan was the founder of Loganair in 1962. From its beginnings as an air taxi service for the company it became known as Scotland's airline and today operates a network of internal and inter-island routes. William Logan was killed in January 1966 when the aircraft in which he was the sole passenger crashed on Dunain Hill near Inverness.<br /> <br /> The lower reaches of the Kerry River supports one of the healthiest populations of freshwater pearl mussels in the United Kingdom and is one of the most important strongholds of this rare, threatened species in Europe. This has resulted in the River Kerry qualifying as Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a Special Area of Conservation. In the United Kingdom freshwater pearl mussels are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.<br /> <br /> Kerrysdale House, seen in the background, was built as a farmhouse by the Mackenzies of Gairloch in 1793. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: info@gairlochheritagemuseum.org">Gairloch Heritage Museum</a>