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Sleepy Hillock, Bridge

Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Sleepy Hillock, Bridge

Classification Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Allt Na Bruaich Ruaidhe; Burn Of Tornahaish

Canmore ID 73384

Site Number NJ20NE 11

NGR NJ 2915 0653

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Strathdon
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Accessing Scotland's Past Project

An almost intact eighteenth-century bridge crosses the Allt na Bruaich Ruaidhe at Sleepy Hillock. Constructed as part of a military road building programme, the bridge was used until fairly recently to carry the public road over the burn.

The single-arch bridge is built of rubble, with an arch of 6m span. The overall breadth of the bridge is 4.4m,and it is in a much better state of repair than some of its counterparts, as only the parapets are missing.

A series of military roads were built throughout Highland Scotland during the eighteenth century, to link sites of strategic importance. Major General Wade, who, as Commander-in-Chief of Scotland, was responsible for ensuring that rebellious clans were subdued, began this huge programme of construction.

Text prepared by RCAHMS as part of the Accessing Scotland's Past project

Archaeology Notes

NJ20NE 11 2915 0653

See also NJ20NE 8-10.

This intact military type bridge is on the line of the Coupar Angus - Fort George military road (see NJ20NE 9 and NJ20NE 10 ).

Visited by OS (RB) August 1966.

Other than its missing parapets, this 18th-century military bridge over the Allt na Bruaich Ruaidhe is in an excellent state of repair. The arch of the single span measures 6m in width by 2.2m in height, and the bridge has an overall breadth of 4.4m.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, ATW), 17 March 1998.

This bridge carries the former line of the A939 public road over the Burn of Tornahaish.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 9 December 1998.


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