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Glencoe bridge works welcomed

Posted 30 January 2013
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Glencoe bridge works welcomed
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Walkers and climbers heading for Glencoe may have a slight access problem in the next few months around the famous Clachaig Inn - but the hostelry has welcomed the reason for it.

Glencoe Ranger Service has confirmed contractors will be starting work tomorrow (January 30th) on replacing the An Torr Bridge. As well as this being closed, so too will be the inn's car park as it is being used by the contractors GeoRope.

This situation will last until mid-March and may cause some short-term disruption for those driving to the vicinity and looking to go walking on the paths in An Torr. However, most of the paths in the vicinity can still be accessed on foot via the gate and path near the Inn.

News of the work has been warmly welcomed by the Clachaig Inn, which described the development on its Facebook page as "great news," not least as it offers the prospect of the old An Torr bridge link to its former car park being reopened after two years of being closed.

Visitors to Glencoe may still access the Inn and its surrounds via the minor road from Glencoe Village, having left the A82.

Those heading to the valley with their walking boots may encounter the watering hole along with numerous other outdoor lovers, not least as it is positioned at the foot of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, a 3,173 ft Munro.

Sgorr nam Fiannaidh lies at the western end of the Aonach Eagach, one of the most notoriously exposed ridges on the British mainland, where good scrambling skills and a head for heights are extremely useful. Munroists can certainly make the most of the challenge, as a second 3,000-footer - the 3,127 ft Meall Dearg - lies at the eastern end of the traverse.

Further along the northern flank of the valley lies the Pap of Glencoe, a mere Graham at 2,435 ft, but one with a distinctive pointy summit and fine views down to the sea inlet of Loch Leven.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801531280-ADNFCR