Bridge of Orchy Argyll Scotland

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Bridge of Orchy and Loch Tulla

The hamlet of Bridge of Orchy sits on the West Highland Way between Tyndrum and Kings House. The main A82 Glasgow to Fort Willaim road goes through the hamlet as does the main railway. The Bridge of Orchy railway station is still in use, not only as a train stop but also as a bunkhouse. The river Orchy flows past to the west. A little north is the beautiful Loch Tulla with its fantastic Caledonian pine forest.

The river Orchy flows south west from here to Loch Awe past Dalmally. In Glen Orchy there are many falls and rapids, some of which are popular viewing points after heavy rain in particular. Care should be taken on the slippery rocks however. Many hill walkers stop here to bag the Munros in this area a few of which lie immediately to the east of the Bridge of Orchy. The bridge after which the hamlet was named is no longer on the main road but on a B road which leads west round loch Tulla.

 

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The old road is part of General Wades military road to the highlands which was built in and around the mid 18th century providing accelerated access to the highlands for troops and cattle. Those roads transformed the highlands as previously travel had been ponderous and dangerous at the very least.

The West Highland Way winds its way from Tyndrum to the South East, passes through here and then on to Glencoe and Kings House. It is a popular stop for campers on the route who commonly pitch there tent at the old bridge within easy striking distance of the pub at the only hotel.

Bridge of Orchy, Argyll, Scotland

 

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