Correction to our story published on 12 January
This story was edited on 14 February to correct previous information suggesting that the Carnach Bridge was on land owned by the Knoydart Foundation and that they are responsible for replacing the bridge. This is incorrect as the bridge is on the Camusrory Estate. We apologise for this misinformation and any confusion caused.
Please be advised that the footbridge over the River Carnach at NM865964 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.
We understand from the ranger team at Knoydart – routes to which are compromised while the bridge is down – that the bridge will be replaced “as soon as possible”. The community-owned Knoydart Foundation are not responsible for the bridge, which is on land owned by the Camusrory Estate, but they will be monitoring the situation and sharing updates via their website and Facebook page.
It should be stressed that the crossing of the River Carnach is extremely dangerous and there have been drownings here in the past. In all but very dry spring and summer conditions, you would have to go a long way up the river to find a safe crossing point. However, the Knoydart Foundation remind walkers looking to visit the peninsula that, while routes from Glenfinnan and Knoydart are compromised, the alternative walk-in to Knoydart from Loch Hourn is unaffected.
Image by Alex Roddie and pictures the bridge in 2015