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Vital Knoydart link too dangerous to use

We have been advised by the Knoydart Foundation Ranger Service that the footbridge over the River Carnach at NM866965 has been closed and removed because it had become too dangerous to use. This bridge provided a vital link in the route from Inverie to Sourlies bothy (NM869951), a popular stopping-point with walkers on The Great Outdoors Challenge and with those Munro-bagging in the area. It’s also a vital link for the Knoydart variant of the Cape Wrath Trail.

The bridge was to be removed and the Knoydart Foundation say it is their intention to replace it ‘as soon as possible’, but could give no timescale as a considerable sum of money will have to be raised and the logistics of building a bridge in this remote location are very difficult.

It should be stressed that the crossing of the River Carnach is extremely dangerous and there have been drownings here in the past. There is no alternative route and you would have to go a long way up the river to find a safe crossing point. We will update you when we receive further news.

Image by Alex Roddie and pictures the bridge in 2015