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Thurso, Bridge and War Memorial

We couldn’t go all the way up to the Pentland Firth and not visit Thurso, the northernmost town on the British mainland.

This bridge over the river Thurso takes you from the east (left in the picture) into the town centre:-

Thurso, Bridge Over River Thurso

The War Memorial is located in Sir John’s Square. Dedicated to “those from the parish of Thurso who, in the war of 1914-1919 laid down their lives for God and country and the cause of freedom. We thank God on every remembrance of them.” The 1939-1945 plaque lies below the dedication:-

Thurso War Memorial

North face. Great War Names:-

War Memorial, Thurso

West face. Great War names:-

Thurso War Memorial

South face. Great War names:-

War Memorial, Thurso, South Face

Detail:-

Thurso War Memorial Detail

Queensferry Crossing (x)

Photos from March 2017. Gap finally closed.

From South Queensferry:-

New Forth Road Bridge 49

New bridge in full, Forth Road Bridge to right:-

New Forth Road Bridge 50

From approach road to North Queensferry, Forth Road Bridge in background:-

New Forth Road Bridge 51

Northern support pillar and cable stays:-

New Forth Road Bridge 52

Northern cable stay tower:-

New Forth Road Bridge 53

All three cable stay towers:-

New Forth Road Bridge 54

South cable stay tower and support pillars. Work still being done where gap was closed:-

New Forth Road Bridge 55

More Kemback

There are two bridges over the burn at Kemback. This one is up the village a bit:-

Bridge at Kemback

This one is just by the junction of the road which goes to Cupar eventually:-

Kemback Bridge

While we were coming back down from the church these aeroplanes flew overhead:-

Aeroplanes over Kemback

Bridges on Skye

From Kyle of Lochalsh we travelled over the sea to Skye – not in a bonny boat but via the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh.

On the way on to Portree I spotted a lovely old bridge over the River Sligachan. I made sure to stop on the way back to photograph it.

It was an atmospheric day with mist shrouding the hills and rain making fitful appearances:-

An Old Bridge on Skye

Old Bridge on Skye From Angle

Just off to the left there was a smaller bridge over a smaller burn:-

Smaller Old Bridge on Skye 2

Reverse angle of old bridge. The newer bridge over the Sligachan can be seen through the first arch:-

Old Bridge on Skye (New Bridge through Arch)

The newer bridge:-

Newer Bridge on Skye

River Cree and Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway

Newton Stewart has a lovely situation sitting by the banks of the River Cree:-

River Cree, Newton Stewart

River Cree, Newton Stewart

Unfortunately the river sometimes comes a bit too close. In this photo you can see work on flood defences at centre right:-

River Cree, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway

There is a lovely bridge over the river:-

Newton Stewart bridge

It seems to be a good place for birds:-

Bird, Newton Stewart

Heron just to right of and above centre:-

Heron, Newton Stewart

The plant growth was making this chimney loook dodgy, though!:-

Chimney Plants, Newton Stewart

Bridge over River Dee, Kirkcudbright.

Kirkcudbright (pronounced kir-could-bri) is a town in Dumfries and Galloway, though before local government reorganisation its county was Wigtown and Kirkcudbright.

The river Dee runs by the town and there is a rather lovely bridge over it.

Bridge Over the Dee, Kirkcudbright

Wider view:-

Bridge on River Dee, Kirkcudbright

I was looking for a building that no longer exists and wandered across the bridge in the search and so found this plaque:-

Bridge Plaque, River Dee, Kirkcudbright

Bridge from Kirkcudbright harbour:-

Bridge over River Dee from Harbour, Kirkcudbrightaharbour and bridge 1

Wider view again:-

River Dee Bridge from Harbour, Kirkcudbright

Dumfries Bridges

The River Nith runs through Dumfries (in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland.) In the town two bridges span it.

Newer bridge:-

New Bridge, Dumfries

Older bridge:-

Old  Bridge, Dumfries

Some lovely willow trees droop over the river just above the bridge:-

Willows, Dumfries

Famously a weir interrupts the river’s flow just opposite the town’s main riverside area (and car park which the river has visited often in the past.) The old bridge can be seen off to the centre right here with the weir in the centre ground:-

River Nith at Dumfries

Close up of weir and old bridge:-

Weir and Old Bridge, Dumfries

Two Bridges in Wick, Sutherland

Bridge over the Wick River; on road into town just at edge of town centre:-

A Bridge in Wick, Sutherland

Bridge near Harbour:-

Bridge Near Harbour, Wick

Karmsund Strait, Norway

The west coast of mainland Norway has a collection of islands off it which provide a reasonably sheltered passage north (or south.) Many ferries ply the waters, a vital lifeline in the days before North Sea oil and the building of roads to remoter regions, and still going.

Karmsund Strait is a passage between the island of Karmøy and the islands of Vestre Bokn and the mainland in the east.

The MV Black Watch approached the narrowest point of the strait towards nightfall:-

Nearing Karmsund Strait, Norway

These were electric pylons on Karmøy but not I think the ones on the photograph on the link above:-

Cable Pylons at Karmsund Strait

The very elegant Karmsund Bridge crosses the strait’s narrowest point:-

Bridge at Karmsund, Norway

Closer view. Note more pylons:-

Bridge at Karmsund, Closer View

Karmsund Bridge from below:-

Karmsund Bridge from Below

Reverse view:-

Karmsund Bridge Reverse View

The area was fairly built-up compared to the previous parts of Norway we’d seen:-

Houses by Karmsund Strait

There was even a house which might be described as Art Deco:-

Deco Style at Karmsund Strait

These were more Moderne than Deco:-

Moderne Style at Karmsund Strait

Lysefjord (iv) Bridge

The Norwegians have invested their oil extraction revenues into a fund that benefits every Norwegian. In addition they have built roads through their country, tunnelling through the mountains from fjord to fjord.

Not to mention bridges across the narrowest point of some fjords like this elegant one across Lysefjord:-

Bridge over Lysefjord, Norway

Closer view:-

Bridge over Lysefjord, Closer View

From below:-

Bridge Over Lysefjord from Below

There’s a solid rock mountain at one end of the bridge necessitating a sharp right turn (or left turn if you’re coming the other way):-

Bridge Over Lysefjord, Tight Turn

Reverse view:-

Bridge over Lysefjord, Reverse View

Edited to add:- there are some more photpgraphs of the bridge here. looking at the one on the right hand-side of the page it seems you can turn right or left (through a tunnel) at the cliff end of the bridge; which wasn’t obvious from fjord level.

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