Nasmyth Bridge

(Almondell Bridge)

The Nasmyth (or Almondell) Bridge crosses the River Almond a half-mile (1 km) north of East Calder in West Lothian, beyond the Camps Viaduct. It was commissioned by Henry Erskine (1746 - 1817) to provide a southern access to Almondell, his country estate. This romantic bridge was built in sandstone ashlar c.1800 to the designs of Alexander Nasmyth (1758 - 1840) and features two rustic arches of different spans, together with a crenellated parapet and balustrade.

Part of the bridge collapsed into the river in 1973 rendering it impassable. It was however restored in 1997-98 by Ted Ruddock for West Lothian Council as an early Heritage Lottery funded project, thus re-instating this link across the Almond. The Cycle Route 75 now crosses the bridge.

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