Storm Damage Prompts Replacement of Tarbet’s Iconic “Faerie Bridge”

Tarbet’s iconic “Faerie Bridge” is set to be replaced this Spring, after sustaining severe damage from a fallen tree during the recent storms. The project is made possible through the combined efforts of local volunteers and funding from the Dr Hannah Stirling Loch Lomond Trust, with oversight and support from the Friends of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs.

According to Duncan MacLachlan, Trustee of the Friends and resident of Tarbet, this project is a testament to the power of a small rural community working together. The original bridge was built by families from upper Tighloan to provide access to essential facilities such as the local school, shop, post office, and bus stops at the A82/A83 junction. It was later reconstructed in 2005 by a Training Support Squadron of Sappers from the Royal Engineers, following a request from a Services Veteran. In recent years, the bridge had undergone further repairs to its decking and handrails, but the recent storms have made it necessary for a complete replacement. MacLachlan notes that this may have been a blessing in disguise, as the fallen trees were cleared and the old all-timber bridge will now be replaced with a stronger, modern structure supported by steel joists.

Preparatory tree clearing work is currently being carried out by local volunteers under the leadership of Ian and Kenny Kay. The dismantling of the old bridge and construction of the new one is expected to begin in the next month or two, with experienced contractor David McKenzie of Gartocharn taking on the reconstruction project.

Press release distributed by Pressat on Thursday 25 January, 2024.

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