New Ben Nevis bridge to open to walkers

Thousands of walkers will enjoy better access to Ben Nevis this summer with a new footbridge now lowered into place.

Ben Nevis from Corpach. PIC Ian Rutherford/TSPL.

The bridge, by the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, will connect walkers to a popular starting point for those tackling Britain’s highest mountain.

Work on the bridge, which replaces an old crossing, is due to complete next month.

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The hotel that once stood on the summit of Ben Nevis
View back to Glen Nevis from Ben Nevis track. PIC Wikimedia.

The arrival of the bridge is a major step forward in the work to improve access to Glen Nevis.

Those with mobility issues will benefit from a new path into the glen.

The new bridge arrived at the site in sections after being transported from Inverness.

View back to Glen Nevis from Ben Nevis track. PIC Wikimedia.

A crane was brought in to carefully lower it into place over the River Nevis.

Willie Lawrie, director of Fort William-based contractor Fion Construction told the Press and Journal the new bridge “looks the part”.

The project is costing just under £600,000 and is being delivered by Highland Council and the Nevis Partnership.

The old bridge was considered to be in poor condition with a limit placed on how many walkers who could cross it at any one time.