Muirtown Swing Bridge

After any boats travelling along the Caledonian Canal have descended through the system of locks to reach the ‘natural’ water level on their way out to the Beauly Firth at Inverness, they then have to go through the Muirtown Swing Bridge.

Whenever necessary, the traffic is stopped, and the bridge swings smoothly open on a pivot to allow the boats to go through. Once the boats are safely through, the bridge swings closed again and the traffic too continues on its way πŸ™‚

12 thoughts on “Muirtown Swing Bridge

    1. It’s pretty cool engineering, and surprisingly quick and silent to move – there are actually two swing bridges like this in Inverness, both going over different parts of the same canal. This particular bridge plus control cabin was built in 1935, replacing an earlier bridge from 1891 πŸ™‚

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      1. The longest bridge I’ve been on is over Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans, which is about 23 miles each way, on two separate roadways. Both are pretty much mostly low-to-the-lake causeway height with a huge graduated hump in the middle to let boats pass underneath. I thought it would feel really cool to cross such a long bridge but to be honest apart from that hump in the middle (which feels like a ‘proper’ bridge) it’s actually quite boring… πŸ™‚

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