Garbh Allt bridge at Glen Rosa reopens

The new Garbh Allt bridge is constructed of galvanised steel with a replaceable wooden walkway.

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Work to repair the storm damaged bridge at Glen Rosa, as reported in the Banner last month, has now been completed.

The bridge is once again open for those who wish to access Arran’s northern mountains.

The Garbh Allt bridge repair will allow walkers to cross the Garbh Allt burn without having to use the alternative route east of Rosa burn– unless walkers prefer that equally scenic route – and that the Arran Mountain Rescue Team can utilise it when using their Argocat vehicle.

A spokesperson from Arran Rangers Service, in a social media post, said: ‘Thanks to support from the community of Arran we have been able to replace the rotten timber bridge with a galvanised steel one.

‘This should last for many, many decades as the timber decking can be replaced while the steel structure remains firm. Although a little stark looking now, the steel should tone down to look more like the surrounding granite boulders.

‘Many thanks to Murchie Ltd for completing the works on time, despite the added challenges of winter weather and Covid-19 restrictions.

‘Huge thanks to The Arran Trust, the Arran Access Trust and the Brown Forbes Memorial Fund. The bridge could not have been replaced without their generous support and funding.’

The previous Garbh Allt bridge which was damaged by storms. Photograph: Arran Rangers Service.