Cycling in Scotland allows you to cross a wide variety of bridges. They can range from tiny stone bridges to something altogether more spectacular.
The Bridge Of Dun is one of the most unique bridges that I have cycled across because of its shape and architectural flourishes. The bridge crosses the River South Esk in the village of Bridge of Dunn in Angus. The closest large towns are Brechin and Montrose.
The bridge was constructed between 1785 and 1787. The use of classical architecture makes the bridge more than just functional, but a thing of beauty. The most striking feature is the use of columns. They are holding up the semicircular pedestrian refuges. I have never before seen such elaborate design on a bridge in Scotland.
Cycling across it I had no idea the level of decoration on its sides. I was in a rush, so I almost did not stop and would have assumed it to be nothing more than an ordinary and sturdy stone bridge. It was only because I stopped to walk down to the river bank and take a closer look that I saw how elegant the bridge is.
The bridge also has these interesting shapes carved into the stonework:
I was so glad that I got off my bike to take a closer look at this remarkable bridge. If you ever find yourself in Bridge of Dun make sure to take a walk down to the riverbank.