Bridge of Orchy

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Coordinates: 56°31′04″N 4°46′14″W / 56.5179°N 4.7705°W / 56.5179; -4.7705

Bridge of Orchy
Bridge of Orchy is located in Argyll and Bute
Bridge of Orchy
Bridge of Orchy
 Bridge of Orchy shown within Argyll and Bute
Council area Argyll and Bute
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRIDGE OF ORCHY
Postcode district PA36
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament Argyll and Bute
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Bridge of Orchy seen from Beinn Dòrain

Bridge of Orchy (Drochaid Urchaidh in Gaelic) is a village in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Often referred to as a hamlet, the settlement meets a definition of village because it has a church.

Dating back to 1751, it includes a notable tourist hotel. Located at the head of Glen Orchy, it is on the A82 road, has a railway station and is on the West Highland Way long distance path. Nearby prominent peaks include the munros Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dòthaidh. The village itself is in the central highlands.

The eponymous bridge was constructed by Government forces as part of a programme of pacification of the Highland Clans which involved the construction of military roads from the Lowlands into the much wilder upland areas of Scotland. It crosses the River Orchy, one of the finest white-water rivers in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]

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