We have a new bridge!

romhc Sunday, 7 April 2024

The main access to the Centre is by the bridge which crosses the river that runs between the Centre and the main gate. The original bridge was built over 20 years ago and was beginning to show signs of rot in the wood fabric, so it was necessary to do some repairs. It quickly became apparent on closer inspection that replacing all of the wood was the best long-term solution. We commissioned a local carpenter, Joe Gibson Ling, to take on the work and sourced seasoned larch from our local community forest and milled in the community sawmill.

Joe started in the middle of January, working around many wet weather days, frosts and delays in obtaining some of the materials. He also had to put considerable work into repairing and painting the metal support structure, building up the stone and concrete surrounds and bolting on the wooden upright posts onto the metal girders. His progress was closely scrutinised by passers-by on the main road and he found himself frequently being photographed … not something he had experienced on previous jobs!

The finished structure has received many complements and the trustees appreciate the attention Joe paid to detail and the quality of his work. We are very grateful for a grant from MESS (Mull and Iona Environmentally Sensitive Solutions) towards the cost of the project, as well as generous donations from the local playgroup and one of our members.

We still have to fund a significant portion of the work and so are looking for more donations to help towards this. If you would like to make a contribution, please go to the donations page of our website.

Below - 1) Original bridge 2) Wood stripped off and support structure repaired 3) Metal structure repaired and painted 4) First timbers in place 5) Work progressing on wood structure 6) Finished bridge!

The Ross of Mull is an extraordinary microcosm of all that draws visitors to the Hebridean Islands. The scenery, as you travel along the single-track road from the ferry at Craignure is breath-taking. You experience in the many walks in the area a true sense of wilderness; the secret bays with their beaches of silvery sand, the abundance of wildlife and the innumerable marks on the landscape of the lives of past generations and communities long gone. The Ross of Mull is a compelling place for anyone fascinated by history and the ancient way of life of the Gaelic people.

Contact Us

Ross of Mull Historical Centre
Millbrae Cottage
Isle of Mull
Argyll PA67 6DG

By Phone: 01681 700659
By Email: enquiries@romhc.org.uk

Opening Times

Reopening 1st April 2024

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm


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