Scheduled Monument

Bridge of Oich,suspension bridge and embankmentSM90343

Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Boleskine And Abertarff
NH 33700 3600
233700, 803600

Removal Reason

To remove dual designation. Remains listed at Category A (LB1872)


The monument consists of a suspension bridge crossing the River Oich, together with a causeway or embankment leading south to the site of another bridge which crossed the Caledonian Canal.

The bridge dates to c.1850, and was built after the previous Bridge of Oich had been destroyed by floods in Spring 1849. The engineer was probably James Dredge, of Bath, and it was undoubtedly built to the principles he outlined, developing from the double suspended cantilever system. The main chains supporting the bridge are formed of links approximately 1m in length. At each junction between the links, the 2 outermost bars are taken down as wires to support the bridge deck, and so the number of separate bars in the link reduces by one. The bridge deck is of wood. The battered pylons have arches with pediments above, and are constructed of rusticated stonework, each standing on the banks of the river.

On the S side, a causeway leads around in a shallow curve and the road was taken across the canal.

The suspension bridge was bypassed and the swing bridge replaced in 1932.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, and measures approximately 120m NW-SE by a maximum of 45m SW-NE (to include the suspension bridge and the causeway), as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as the only unaltered example in Scotland of a bridge built to the principle of James Dredge. Study of its fabric has the potential to add to our understanding of 19th century engineering principles and standards, and the development of transport links in the Scottish highlands.



Hume, J. Industrial Archaeology of Scotland, Vol. 2, 204.

Hume, J. Scotland Archaeology Forum, Vol. 8, 91'105: 'Scottish Suspension Bridges'

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