Action needed for Shin bridge, Inveran

A B-listed bridge on the lower reaches of the River Shin is in danger of collapsing. Some time ago it was noted that stone had begun to fall from the side of the structure, falling into the river below.

Winter weather conditions accelerate the deterioration of the bridge. In 1990 the bridge was included in the Buildings at Risk Register, the structure then was deemed to be “in good order except for some crumbling masonry on north side of western arch.” © Sean Robertson
Aerial view of the two bridges, side by side. The new bridge was built in the 1970s. © Gregor Laing
© Gregor Laing

This could potentially cause a huge problem for migrating fish if it were to further deteriorate as it could cut off or make access difficult for both fish migrating upstream and those migrating downstream. This could affect salmon, sea trout, brown trout and eels. The River Shin supports salmon and trout populations not just in the main stem of the river, but also in the tributaries of Loch Shin above the dams.

The collapsing structure also poses a risk to public safety, but access has been prevented by way of wooden fencing. Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries has raised our concerns with The Highland Council, who are trying to determine who owns the structure. Historic Environment Scotland have noted that the structure would potentially be eligible for funding to repair, however the owner would need to make an application.

While this process is ongoing, we are keeping an eye on the state of the structure. Individuals should heed warning signs and for their own safety do not attempt to get a closer look at the parts of the bridge which have fallen into the river.

by Sean Robertson

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