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Tummel Suspension Bridge

A foot-bridge over the River Tummel linking Pitlochry with the hamlet of Port na Craig, the Tummel Suspension Bridge was built in 1913 to replace the Port na Craig ferry which had crossed the river since the 12th century. The bridge is supported by steel ropes suspended from a lattice-girder towers on each bank and lateral cables were attached much later to reduce the oscillation created in use. The total cost of construction was £850, raised in part by public subscription and attracting a grant of £250 from the Highland District Committee. The bridge was dedicated to the memory of Lt. Colonel George Glas Sandeman of Fonab and opened by Katherine Murray, the Marchioness of Tulliebardine on Empire Day, 1913.

The ferry had been established by the monks of Coupar Angus Abbey, who wished to cross from their lands of Fonab to Moulin, to the north. The ferry conveyed horses and carts as well as passengers and a safe journey was ensured by dropping a coin or brass pin in St Bride's Well which was located on the north bank. In more recent times a chain attached the ferry-boat to the rock in the centre of the river to prevent the boat being swept downstream.

Today, the bridge enables a pleasant circular walk for those crossing the river on the Faskally Dam, just a quarter-mile (0.5 km) upstream, and returning visitors to the centre of Pitlochry.


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