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The Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, joined the Community Councils of Lochearnhead and St Fillans to celebrate the formal opening of the Glentarken Bridge on Friday 9th May.

Speaking after the event, Ms Cunningham said:

"It was great to see so many people out here enjoying the official opening of this wonderful bridge on such a beautiful day.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP with Cameron McNeish and children from Comrie and Strathyre
Primary Schools.  Photo credit: Felicity Martin.


"Tribute has to be paid to the community councils united by this new bridge and everyone who put in such a lot of work to bring this dream to fruition.

"The new Glen Tarken Bridge is an impressive structure in itself but, more than that, it is an extremely important stage in the development of key walking routes in this area."

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NOTE: The communities of Lochearnhead and St Fillans are in the process of trying to develop the disused railway path that links the two villages, and then on to Dalchonzie. The route runs the length of Loch Earn, on the slopes just north of the main road (A85), then crosses the road (and the River Earn) at Tynreoch and on to the old Dalchonzie Halt.  The first phase was to rebuild the bridge over the Glentarken Burn (which was the only major obstacle that prevented walking from Lochearnhead to St Fillans).

The bridge, which took three days to construct, was pushed out on rollers over the gorge spanning over 100 feet, with a drop to the burn below of 130 feet.

Access to the bridge is via the Glen Tarken Track which leaves the A85, opposite the Loch Earn Sailing Club.

Roseanna meeting the legend that is Cameron McNeish!

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