After talking bridges in Episode 38 – Building Bridges over Scottish Links which tells the story of Scotland’s greatest ever golf philanthropist and frequent golfing visitor to Scotland John Imlay, here are five bridges you can expect to see on your next golf trip to Scotland.
5 – Forth Rail Bridge
Forth Rail Bridge
The iconic Forth Rail Bridge is Scotland’s version of the Golden Gate Bridge sharing a similar external complexion. With many of Scotland’s golfing tourists arriving into Edinburgh Airport you can expect to pass by this stunning feat of engineering as you cross over the Firth of Forth on route to St Andrews and the north.
4 – Glenfinnan Viaduct
This world famous bridge can often be seen in Scottish tourism adverts and in recent times featured in the Harry Potter films carrying the Hogworts Express. Admittedly not on the average golfing trail located on the remote west, its the perfect day trip during the days away from the golf course for those on a less intensive and perhaps more romantic golf trip to Scotland.
3 – Tay Bridge
Tay Bridge (Image from Bonnie Dundee)
The gateway to The Home of Golf or Carnousite depending on your itinerary, The Tay Bridge is a tributary to the best of links golf. The recent regeneration of Dundee’s waterfront more golfing visitors are finding Dundee the perfect base away from the often expensive accommodation rates at nearby St Andrews. Crossing the bridge you are more or less halfway between St Andrews and Carnoustie with only a 15 minutes drive away from which ever Open Championship venue is next on your golfing itinerary.
2 – Dornoch Firth Bridge
Scottish golf’s best drive. The meandering road network through the Highlands, past mountains and distilleries from Inverness for golf at Royal Dornoch is as memorable as any on your golf trip to Scotland. As you seamlessly dodge the many waterways see Scotland as you had imagined, rugged, wild and beautiful.
1 – Swilcan Bridge, St Andrews
Swilcan Bridge St Andrews
The most famous bridge in golf where the great and good cross, posing for the customary picture before walking off smiling with an instant sense of self-fulfilment. The Home of Golf is special and it is perhaps this bridge in its physical form which categories this in its symbolic nature. As trivial as it may sound it’s often these few steps during the thousands of miles you walk on your trip to Scotland, across the many famous golf courses which ends up being the highlight of your visit.
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