Highlands & Islands

Helicopter airlifts bridge to Torridon mountain path

Helicopter carrying bridge
Image caption The bridge was flown into place by a helicopter

A new footbridge has been airlifted to a walking trail almost 914m (3,000ft) up a mountain.

The six metre-long (19ft) metal crossing replaces an older structure on Allt a'Bhesllacich in Torridon, in Wester Ross.

The bridge and helicopter were paid for from the Jim Cox Fund.

It was set up in 2011 following the death of Mr Cox, a keen hillwalker from London who had also owned a home in Torridon with his wife Eileen.

More than £23,000 has been raised so far by the fund.

Mrs Cox said: "Rain or shine, my husband was very happy walking in the Highlands, and I wanted to celebrate this on behalf of our children and Jim's many friends and colleagues.

"It has been wonderful to focus on such a worthwhile and practical project."

The bridge work was supervised by the National Trust for Scotland.

Torridon property manager Seamus McNally said: "We are very grateful for this generous donation which is allowing us to carry out this vital conservation work to protect these wonderful hills.

"Without contributions like this, our work would not be possible. We hope that this provides a fitting tribute to Jim Cox, who we know loved this area and its mountains so dearly."

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