Connel Bridge

Created from a staggering 2,600 tons of steel and spanning 524 feet, the Connel Bridge is one of the biggest infrastructural creations in Argyll & Bute. The bridge connects both sides of Loch Etive at the Falls of Lora, the cascading section where the loch meets the North Sea. This makes for a spectacular view for crossers, both down at the flowing streams and back to the picaresque village of Connel.

The town lies five miles north of Oban, with plenty of different walking routes in the surrounding area. Nearby, one of Connel’s most notable features is the ruins of Dunstaffnage Castle and its adjoining chapel. Archaeology tells us the castle dates back to around the 13th century and was built for its clear strategic location near the hotly contested waters of Loch Etive. Despite the rich history woven into the landscapes of this area, the Connel Bridge casts a deep shadow across the entire village, making it by far the most recognisable feature.

How to get there

Connel Bridge’s purpose is to connect the two sides of Loch Etive, meaning transport links are relatively common for such a remote location. The train from Glasgow to Oban is the simplest method, as this stops at Connel Ferry from which it is only a brief walk to the bridge itself.

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