April A-Z: K is for Kessock Bridge

The Kessock Bridge opened in 1982, permanantly crossing the short stretch of water that separates Inverness and the Black Isle – a stretch that had previously only been crossed by a ferry that ran between North and South Kessock.

I made that ferry crossing many times as a child when travelling north on family outings, as it saved the long and winding road trip around the Beauly Firth. I really wasn’t keen on the ferry, on driving slowly down the slipway then carefully across one of four metal side ramps on to the ferry boat that carried up to 17 cars – it felt far too precarious for me, as if the solid ground was disappearing from underneath us (which I suppose in a way it was!)

The Kessock bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with a total length of 1056m (3465ft), with a main span of 240m (787ft), and it carries the main A9 trunk road north from Inverness to the Black Isle. The bridge sits high above the water, as the Beauly Firth far below is a navigable waterway and all boats must pass underneath the main span.

The first three images were taken by me, and the panoramic shot by my husband with his Google Pixel phone camera 🙂

For this year’s A-Z I’m going to take you on a photographic tour of My Inverness, Past and Present. I grew up in the local area, I went to school here and brought up my three children here, but I moved away to London for 18 years before returning home for good at the end of last summer.

P.S. My initial plan for my A-Z posts has necessarily been curtailed somewhat due to the current coronavirus pandemic, but we’ll get through the alphabet one way or another, however creative my use of subjects may have to be – so thank you for visiting Inverness with me, and I hope you enjoy our trip!

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