Spean Bridge

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Spean Bridge
Gaelic: Drochaid Aonachain
Spean Bridge Commando Memorial PICT6239 r1.JPG
Commando Memorial
Grid reference: NN224818
Location: 56°53’28"N, 4°55’18"W
Post town: Spean Bridge
Postcode: PH34
Local Government
Council: Highland

Spean Bridge is a village in the parish of Kilmonivaig in Inverness-shire.

The village takes its name from the Highbridge over the River Spean on General Wade's military road between Fort William and Fort Augustus, and not from Telford's bridge of 1819 which carries the A82 road over the river at the heart of the village.

Lying in the Great Glen, Spean Bridge has transport links north towards Inverness and south to Fort William, provided by the A82, and the A86 heads east to join the A9 at Kingussie. The village is served by the Spean Bridge railway station providing links to Glasgow, London, and Mallaig and between 1903 and 1933 it offered a branch line service to Fort Augustus.

The Highbridge Skirmish on 16 August 1745 was the first engagement of the Jacobite Rising of 1745.

The Commando Memorial, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during the Second World War is located approximately a mile north-west of Spean Bridge, at the junction of the A82 and the B8004. It overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle.

Lochaber Camanachd is the shinty club based in the village of Spean Bridge.

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