Pack Bridge is a bridge in the Scottish town of Alyth, Perth and Kinross. Intended to carry packhorses loaded with panniers across Alyth Burn,[1] it is one of the oldest masonry bridges[2] in Scotland and is shown on maps as far back as 1600, but is believed to date to the early 16th century.[3] The bridge was rebuilt in 1674 and increased in height with its wide parapets in the 19th century, but retained its original 5 foot (1.5 m) width. Today, the bridge carries pedestrian traffic between Pitnacree Street and Chapel Street.

Pack Bridge
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The bridge in 2009, looking northwest
Coordinates56°37′27″N 3°13′55″W / 56.624064257°N 3.231814732°W / 56.624064257; -3.231814732Coordinates: 56°37′27″N 3°13′55″W / 56.624064257°N 3.231814732°W / 56.624064257; -3.231814732
CrossesAlyth Burn
LocaleAlyth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Characteristics
Width5 feet (1.5 m)
History
Openedc. 1500 (522 years ago) (1500)
Location

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pack Bridge". cateranecomuseum.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Archaeology Notes". Canmore, National Record of the Historic Environment, part of Historic Scotland.
  3. ^ "Map Catalogue". scotlandsoldestbridges.co.uk.