Road Bridge (20th Century)
- Council Highland
- Parish Lismore And Appin (Lochaber)
- Former Region Highland
- Former District Lochaber
- Former County Argyll
South Ballachulish Important ferry crossing point at the perilous narrows of Loch Leven, linking Netherlochaber to North Appin. In 1975 the ferry was replaced by that now familiar but not particularly edifying landmark of heavy steel, the Ballachulish Bridge.
Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press http://www.rias.org.uk
This project was undertaken to input site information listed in 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Highlands and Islands' by R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.
This bridge over Loch Etive, erected in 1974, replaced the Ballachulish Ferry on the A82 road between Glencoe and Fort William. An arch bridge was originally suggested because of the scenic nature of the site, but eventually the somewhat utilitarian asymmetrical N-truss was chosen.
Various paint schemes have been tried of which the present dark green olive colour blends in well with the landscape.
The bridge has spans from the south of 95 ft, 600 ft and 269 ft in the form of a continuous beam. It was created as a design and build project and constructed in steel by the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company and superintended by consulting engineers W. A. Fairhurst and Partners.
By way of contrast, about 25 miles west is the Ardtonish Estate suspension footbridge [NW 6992 501] erected in 1892. Although of less than 40 ft main span,
and late for a wrought iron example, it is probably unique in Scotland in having a single Catenarian suspension cable (iron rod) with walk-through cradle-type
hangers beneath supporting a timber deck. It crosses the Abhainna Ghlinne Ghill water and was designed by Samuel Barrham, architect.
R Paxton and J Shipway 2007b
Reproduced from 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders' with kind permission of Thomas Telford Publishers.