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Dalcairnie Bridge Over Dalcairnie Burn, Dalcairney House

A Category C Listed Building in Dalmellington, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.3078 / 55°18'27"N

Longitude: -4.4186 / 4°25'7"W

OS Eastings: 246580

OS Northings: 604185

OS Grid: NS465041

Mapcode National: GBR 4K.7NY4

Mapcode Global: WH3RQ.3V5C

Plus Code: 9C7Q8H5J+4H

Entry Name: Dalcairnie Bridge Over Dalcairnie Burn, Dalcairney House

Listing Name: Dalcairnie Bridge, Craigengillan Estate

Listing Date: 18 September 2003

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397044

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49506

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dalmellington

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Doon Valley

Parish: Dalmellington

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Circa 1800. Single arch bridge with low ashlar parapet and splayed ends spanning Dalcairnie Burn. Reddish sandstone rubble with grey granite(?) rubble above arch; droved ashlar voussoirs.

Statement of Interest

The bridge was probably constructed under the auspices of John Loudon McAdam (1756-1836), on whose relatives' policies it was built. Quintin McAdam, son of John McAdam of Craigengillan and also an expert in road building, is likely to have also been closely involved in the contruction. John Loudon McAdam returned to Scotland from America in 1783 and began a significant programme of road and bridge building in Ayrshire. Indeed, many members of the McAdam family were managing road trusts in the early 19th century.

The bridge has a particularly spectacular setting when viewed from beneath the dramatic waterfall of the Dalcairnie Burn.

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