by Neil Fraser, September 2003
Scottish engineering has a reputation for strength and durability. It is joked that whereas the Titanic was built in Ireland, the QE2 was built in Scotland. Of course reality is somewhat different from public image. The bridges of Inverness offer a glimpse into the real world of Scottish engineering. Both the successes and the failures.
Inverness sits astride the Ness River and the Caledonian Canal. Both waterways flow from Loch Ness towards the North Sea. They are crossed by an amazingly diverse collection of bridges.
Choose a bridge from the map or from the list:
Historic Inverness; A. Gerald Pollitt; The Melven Press, 1981; ISBN 0 906664 14 4
Highland Bridges; Gillian Nelson; Aberdeen University Press, 1990; ISBN 0 08 037744 0
A Span For All Seasons; David Denenberg; www.bridgemeister.com