Posted on 06/09/2013

Photo taken on August  6, 2012

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Oykel Viaduct

Oykel Viaduct
Oddly enough, this viaduct doesn't cross what is marked on the map as the River Oykel, it crosses the tidal body of water known as the Kyle Of Sutherland. This is a pretty extensive body of tidal water, especially if you consider that it flows into the Dornoch Firth at Bonar Bridge. It has to be one of the furthest inland reaching bodies of tidal water in Scotland, if not the longest.

As for the viaduct, from this fisherman's vantage, you can't quite see the northern side through the trees but it looks similar to the southern side with it's brick arches before the impressive metal span begins. In fact, there's a panorama taken from the road on this link. I approached from the Lairg side so it looks like I missed a trick when photographing it.

It always amazes me that the brickwork can successfully support the main span in the way it does. There doesn't look to be much room between the arch and where the brickwork ends for the main span to sit in. The Victorian engineers seemed to know what they were doing though.

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