Garve Bridge, Ross shire

 

Garve Bridge on the river Blackwater in Ross-shire, Scotland

Garve Bridge on the river Blackwater in Ross-shire, Scotland

One of the most significant outcomes of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 was the building of roads throughout the Highlands. Called the military roads, the new roads made it easier to move troops through the Highlands to quell any suggestion of further rebellion. Garve Bridge and the nearby Silver Bridge are thought to have been the work of Major Caulfield who succeeded the more notorious General Wade. Garve Bridge portrayed In the picture below is thought to have been built about 1762 and forms part of the road running from Contin to Poolewe on the west coast. Modernisation of the road system means that the bridges are no longer in use but there is a lovely walk which takes you along one side of the Blackwater across the bridge and return along the other side.

 

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