Conon Bridge

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Conon Bridge
Conon Bridge is located in Highland
Conon Bridge
Conon Bridge
Location within the Highland council area
Population2,014 
OS grid referenceNH545555
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDINGWALL
Postcode districtIV7
Dialling code01349
PoliceScottish
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
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57°34′00″N 4°26′00″W / 57.56667°N 4.43333°W / 57.56667; -4.43333Coordinates: 57°34′00″N 4°26′00″W / 57.56667°N 4.43333°W / 57.56667; -4.43333

Conon Bridge (Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid Sguideil, pronounced [ˈt̪ɾɔxɪtʲ ˈs̪kutʲal]) is a small village in the Highland region of Scotland. The current Gaelic name is likely a neologism: the bridge was not built until the early 19th century[1] and some early gravestones show the name sgudal or scuddle.[citation needed] One suggested source is the Old Norse "sku dal", valley of the fine views.

Situated near the market town of Dingwall, on the southern bank of the River Conon, in Ross-shire, it is at the western end of the Cromarty Firth. The village of Maryburgh is on the other side of the river.

Conon Bridge has a railway station on the line between Dingwall (the nearest town) and Inverness (the nearest city), which re-opened on 8 February 2013.[2] This had been proposed as a candidate for reopening after the success of doing so with nearby Beauly railway station.[3] In September 2012 the Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown confirmed it would reopen by February 2013 to offer an alternative to commuters during resurfacing work on the Kessock Bridge from February to June 2013.[4]

Amenities at present are a small fraction of what they once were, hosting a Spar shop, Post Office, two hairdressing salons, a bar and separate hotel. It also has its own primary school, which the pupils then go on to Dingwall Academy. There is also a recently opened pharmacy and a Co-op store opened in 2017. The only church situated within the village itself is the Ferintosh Parish Church, a growing Church of Scotland congregation.[5]

Private housing in the village is complemented by council estates. Future plans for the village include more exclusive, private housing schemes, a new primary school, a doctors' surgery and more shopping facilities for residents.[citation needed] A new small shopping complex opened up on the east side of the village in early 2017.[6]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Conon Bridge Community Council". www.cononbridge.org.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  2. ^ "Conon Bridge platform reopened ahead of A9 bridge work". BBC News. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Railway link proposed for airport". BBC. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
  4. ^ "Conon Bridge railway station to reopen in 2013". BBC. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Ferintosh Parish Church". Ferintosh Parish Church. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  6. ^ Ross, Callum. "Plans unveiled for £1.5million retail scheme in Highland village". Press and Journal. Press and Journal. Retrieved 13 April 2019.

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