New 300-mile heritage trail launched to celebrate Aberdeenshire’s historical bridges

A new heritage trail has been launched celebrating the area’s most historic bridges.

The Aberdeenshire trail travels through 2,800 years of history on a 300-mile circular route, passing by the famous Cairn O’Mount, the Hanoverian military roads and the area’s beautiful coast.

As the route was launched, a new plaque was also unveiled on nearby Bridge of Alford, marking its design by renowned engineer Thomas Telford and construction by William Minto in 1811.

The trail guide is available digitally from Aberdeenshire Council’s website, but hard copies will be made available from public buildings around Aberdeenshire and will be available from the Grampian Transport Museum.

Launching the Aberdeenshire Historic Bridges Trail, Provost Howatson said: “Many of our visitors, and even residents, will be unaware of the significance and historical importance of many of our bridges, but the movement of people and goods has been crucial to the development of civilisation and trade through the centuries and there are many stories to be told.

“This resource allows people to find out more while touring this fascinating area.”