ScotWays is pleased to announce that a bridge bought as part of our Heritage Paths Campsie Fells project, with support from the Brown Forbes Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage, has been donated to the National Trust for Scotland as a temporary replacement for the bridge over the Derry Burn, on their Mar Lodge Estate in the Cairngorms, which was washed away in widespread flooding last August 2014.
The National Trust for Scotland intends to restore the bridge on a permanent basis as it offers walkers a key link to the Lairig Ghru and the Lairig an Laoigh. As this new bridge will however be located in a slightly different location (allowing path realignment work to take place following erosion of the banking), various permissions will have to be obtained and it is likely to be some time next year before it is installed. The permanent replacement will be erected in memory of our late president, Donald Bennet, with the consent of the National Trust for Scotland, following our appeal.
We also understand that our temporary bridge will be offered a new home on the Mar Lodge Estate once its services at the Derry Burn are no longer required.