The Bridge to Nowhere – Outer Hebrides, Scotland - Atlas Obscura

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The Bridge to Nowhere

A failed infrastructure project now owns this unique moniker.  


In 1918 businessman, Lord Leverhulme, took a boat trip and fell in love with the islands. So much so that he decided to purchase the land. Reports vary, but it’s believed he purchased the land for £150,000.

Leverhulme was passionate about generating jobs and opportunities for those living in the Western Isles, mainly in fishing. To achieve this, a road was needed from the village of Tolsta to Ness. Once Leverhulme reached Garry beach and designed this bridge, he then realized the difficulty of the task at hand. This was due in large part to the terrain and the harsh weather, so he conceded defeat and ended the project. The bridge was created using concrete all mixed by hand. 

Visitors to the region can drive over the bridge, but it’s almost an immediate turnaround. The bridge is a great spot to take photos. 

Know Before You Go

You can drive right up to the bridge and park on the verge, or park in the Garry Beach car park and walk the short distance to the bridge. 

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