Gattonside Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge, Gattonside
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Suspension Bridge, Gattonside

An iron-link suspension bridge over the River Tweed, the Gattonside Suspension Bridge allows pedestrians access from Gattonside to the larger community of Melrose on the opposite bank. Built in 1826 and, at 90m (296 feet) said to be the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Scotland, it is supported by two castellated Neo-Gothic masonry towers. Strict bye-laws were framed relating to the use of the bridge and prominent notices threaten dire penalties for users who ignore these, including attempting to make it swing! The bridge was subject to a major refurbishment in 1991.

A former toll house is located at the southern end of the bridge, while the Southern Upland Way crosses it.

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