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Lt. General Wade’s Bridge at Aberfeldy in the Breadalbane region of Highland Perthshire (Breadalbane means “Highland Scotland” in Gaelic). Shot taken on Saturday 20th December 08 in the middle of our winter.

Designed by William Adam, Scotland’s best architect. The total cost was £3,596 or, in today’s terms, over £1m.

”… a freestone bridge over the Tay, of five arches, nearly 400ft. in length, the middle arch 60 feet wide, the starlings of oak and the piers and landbreasts founded on piles shod with iron….” (House of Commons Journal, 7th February 1734).

The bridge was first opened to traffic at the end of October 1733. Wade regarded it the greatest of his considerable achievements in road-making. In 9 years he had personally supervised the construction of over 250 miles of military roads in the Highlands – the first engineered roads in Britain since Roman times.

lt is now the only one of Wade’s 35 major bridges to remain in use as a public highway. Built for 18th century wheeled carriages, it survives to the 21st century as a great memorial to a great roadbuilding engineer.

The River Tay, Scotland longest river, meanders across Scotland from Loch Tay before flowing out to sea at the Firth of Tay.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Highland Scotland.

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 6 years ago

    beautiful capture Tom and great story.x

  • judecowell
    judecowellalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous image and thanks for the history info – his was a career of record achievements, i think!

    In 1733, Neptune (water) was in Gemini, sign of communications, trade, and commerce and that particular time was one of active imaginations and people developing human creative faculties to their utmost.

    Lt. Gen. Wade certainly channeled creative ideas from higher realms into practical ideas since there are few things of more practical use than a bridge!

  • The real reason for the roads and bridges were so that troops could be moved around quickly in the Highlands of Scotland. This was essential to the English desire to subjugate the Scottish people. During the 3 or 4 year period after the failed 45 rebellion (when the Scottish clans rallied to the banner of Bonnie Prince Charlie), some 40 to 50 thousand innocent Highland men, women and children were murdered by the occupying armies of England. They put the new roads and bridges to good use.

    – Tom Gomez

  • KcranmerArt
    KcranmerArtalmost 6 years ago

    Those are such gorgeous tones…beautifully captured Tom!

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 6 years ago


  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful image Tom.

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 6 years ago

    lovely colors

  • WJPhotography
    WJPhotographyalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture & notes

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 6 years ago

    Why would anyone want to Wade when there’s a Bridge sat there in front of them Tom? Cracking shot by the way!!

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantalmost 6 years ago

    WOW what a shot, is that the true colour Tom??? it’s beautiful

  • The HDR process tends to enhance the colours somewhat, but it was a bright sunny day, so it is not far off the real colours …

    – Tom Gomez

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosalmost 6 years ago

    Wade achieved a lot of fame throughout the Highlands and well deserved I’d say, this is certainly the most impressive of his bridges that I have ever seen Tom, love the vibrant colours and as always your comprehensive notes make compulsive reading, excellent work,
    Regards, Rod.

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