Heritage Locations

Oich Suspension Bridge

Elegant, early, suspension bridge over the River Oich.


Period of construction:
1800 - 1849

Transport Trust plaque:

Transport Mode:

Invergarry, Fort Augustus, PH35 4HN

PH35 4HN

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The Bridge of Oich, an early suspension bridge, was constructed over the River Oich, close to Loch Oich, which is part of the Caledonian Canal. It was once an important part of the thin road network through the wilderness of northern and central Scotland, supporting the road from Fort Augustus to Inverness.

Opened in 1854, it was built by James Dredge using a sophisticated patented design of double cantilevered chain construction with massive granite pylon arches at either end. The pylons are of coursed bull-faced rubble linked by round-headed pedimented arches.

It is a wooden decked bridge and has been disused by traffic since 1932, superceeded by a new bridge carrying the A 82 nearby. It is a scheduled Ancient Monument.


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Hutton, Guthrie, The Caledonian Canal: Lochs, Locks and Pleasure Steamers, Stenlake Publishing, ISBN 1-84033-033-3 (1998)

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Melan, Josef, Theory of Arches and Suspension Bridges (1913, Kessinger Publishing, ISBN-10: 1437437125 (2008)

Minchinton, W., A Guide to Industrial Archaeology Sites in Britain, Granada ASIN: B0020ZCPRY (1984)

Paxton, R. & Shipway, J., Scotland - Lowlands and Borders, Thomas Telford, ISBN-10: 0727734873 (2007)

Peters, Tom, Transitions in Engineering: Guillaume Henri Dufour and the Early 19th Century Cable Suspension Bridges, Birkhauser, ISBN-10: 3764319291 (1987)

Steinman, David, A Practical Treatise on Suspension Bridges: Their Design, Construction and Erection (1922), Kessinger Publishing, ISBN-10: 1436606446 (2008)

Steinman, David, Suspension Bridges and Cantilevers, BiblioBazaar, ISBN-10: 0559673132 (2008) 

Opening Times:
The bridge is managed by Historic Scotland. For access details telephone 01667 460 232.

How To Find:
By road: On A 82, 6 km south of Fort Augustus, near Aberchalder.


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