Bridge of Orchy

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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
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPA36
EU ParliamentScotland
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56°31′04″N 4°46′14″W / 56.5179°N 4.7705°W / 56.5179; -4.7705Coordinates: 56°31′04″N 4°46′14″W / 56.5179°N 4.7705°W / 56.5179; -4.7705
Bridge of Orchy seen from Beinn Dòrain

Bridge of Orchy (Drochaid Urchaidh in Gaelic) is a village in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

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]