New Bracklinn Falls bridge set to open

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It took 3,000 hours to complete the construction of the new bridge

Tourists will be able to cross over one of Scotland's most famous waterfalls for the first time since an historic bridge was swept away by floods.

The new £110,000 bridge over the Bracklinn Falls, near Callander, is set to be officially opened with a ceremony on Tuesday.

The 20-tonne timber and copper crossing has been built around four Douglas Fir trunks.

The original steel bridge was washed away by floods in August 2004.

The new bridge had to be hauled into place by hand because its remote location made it impossible to use a crane.

Two contractors spent 3,000 hours completing the project on site as the thick woodland also meant helicopters could not be used in the construction.

'Iconic view'

Campaigners, including local residents, had lobbied for a replacement bridge to be built.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park worked with Callander Community Development Trust to install the new structure after funding was secured.

Kenny Auld, who managed the project for the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, said building the bridge had been an "exceptionally difficult task", but added it would give an "iconic view" of the falls.

The new bridge will mean that a popular circular walk at the Falls will once again become possible.

Since August 2004 it has only been possible to view the Falls from the edges of the gorge.

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