It should have happened in March 2020, but, like so many other activities, replacing the deck of the Eidart Bridge succumbed to Coronavirus.
Thus, on 20 August 6 volunteers led by David Dixon gathered at Glenfeshie Lodge to load wood, tools and lunch into the back of the Glenfeshie Estate Hagglund all-terrain vehicle for a very different journey up to the head of the Glen. Being driven high up into the glen right to the bridge was not only an amazing experience, but it saved time. Without the help of the Estate, a substantial amount of time would have been taken up with simply hauling the materials up to the Bridge.
Starting from each side of the Eidart Bridge, the process of replacing the old deck with new planks progressed but the team weren’t alone in their endeavours. Two dragonflies kept a watchful eye on progress and an even keener eye on the midges that shrouded the worksite. By far the best place to work was in the middle of the bridge as the midges much preferred to keep to the land!
Only one serious piece of rotten wood was found which, considering the wood work has been there since 1957, was very impressive. The opportunity was taken to add a higher handrail to the downstream side for taller visitors.
After 4 hours concentrated work, all was finished and the old deck was loaded aboard the Hagglund for the return trip down the glen. The old decking was dropped off at Ruigh Aitechain Bothy to so that, even though it’s no longer enabling safe crossing of the river, it can still help visitors by warming them up after a hard day exploring this outstanding area.
Thanks to everybody that helped, Reece Allan, Richard Barron , Colin Cadden, Chris Dixon, David Dixon, Peter Fuller and Davie McGibbon on the day and to those that offered their services or donated to the cost of the works.