Kylesku Bridge

What Is Kylesku bridge?

The Kylesku Bridge is a reinforced concrete suspension bridge carrying the A894 road across Loch a’ Chàirn Bhàin in Sutherland, Scotland. It is one of the most photographed bridges in the north of Scotland and with good reason, the bridge is very impressive but the surrounding scenery is spectacular.

The Kylesku Bridge was opened on 8 August 1984 by the queen after 2 years of construction costing £4 million. The bridge was planned in 1987 when many residents were unhappy with the poor state of Lairg’s roads; this led to Lairg being known as “Lairgh oot o’ Sprott” or “Lairgh out o’ Spots”.

The bridge has appeared in many car TV adverts and also has appeared in TV programmes such as Top Gear.

Where Is Kylesku bridge Located?

The Kylesku bridge is located in the Kylestrome in North West Scotland. It crosses the Kyle of Tongue River and connects Kyleakin with Tongue. The bridge has a height clearance of 15 feet (4.5 meters) and spans 276m across to Tongue without any approach ramps or viaducts.

There is a car park also at the top of the bridge to stop off in which had a food van serving fish and chips when we were there, which seemed quite popular. This is a great spot to stop for a while and take photos of the bridge and the surrounding scenery.

How To Get to Kylesku bridge?

There are two lanes for traffic on each side of the bridge, which can carry around 4 vehicles per minute in both directions. The Kylesku Bridge provides a much-needed connection between two parts of the region which had been previously separated by a single track road via A959 from Lairg to Bonar Bridge near Golspie, as well as providing an alternative route for A9 (although there are numerous other bridges on this route including Bellochantuy, Tomatin and Tore).

Kylesku Bridge
Kylesku Bridge
Kylesku Bridge - Everything You Need To Know
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Do You Have to Hike to Reach Kylesku bridge?

There would be many hikes in the surrounding area that you could do to see the bridge but it is generally a bridge that you would drive over to see.

When is the Best Time of Year to Visit the Kylesku bridge?

The Kylesku Bridge can be visited at any point of the year but you may want to visit on a clear day to get the best views of the bridge and also the absolutely stunning surrounding scenery.

Kylesku Bridge - Everything You Need To Know

How To Incorporate Kylesku bridge into Your North Coast 500 Route?

The Kylesku Bridge is one of the landmarks on the NC500 route so it is very easy to incorporate in as you will have to drive over it anyway!

Final Thoughts

The Kylesku Bridge is a fantastic must-see landmark on the NC500 with some of the very best views of the Scottish Highlands surrounding it. This is something different and unique to see on your NC500 road trip.

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