The bridge spans the Atlantic Ocean


SCOTLAND - Clachan Bridge allows visitors to cross the Atlantic's water in seconds.

This arch bridge spans a narrow water channel called Clachan Sound. Because both ends of the canal flow into the Atlantic, Clachan is known as the bridge across the Atlantic.

This stone bridge connects the island of Siel off the western coast of Scotland to the mainland in the late 18th century. Initially, John Stevenson in the town of Oban, Scotland designed the bridge in 1792 and engineer Robert Mylne built from 1792 to 1793.

According to the original drawing, the bridge had two arches but it was eventually built with a single high arch, about 22 meters long, about 12 meters high above the water - allowing ships of up to 40 tons to pass even at high tide.

However, sometimes whales are trapped in the Clachan channel at low tide. In 1835, a 24 meter long whale was stranded in shallow water and could not escape. In 1837, 192 navigator whales were in the same situation, of which the largest was 8 meters long.


View from Clachan bridge. On the left is Seil Island, on the right is mainland. Photo: Atlas Obscura.

The Clachan Bridge is still in use to this day, forming part of the B844 road and being cared for by the Scottish Historic Building Protection Office. Its nickname "across the Atlantic" is also given to a number of other bridges such as the bridge between the Norðskáli residential area and the Oyri village in the Faroe Islands (autonomous region of Denmark); and the bridge between Lewis Island and Great Bernera Island in the Outer Hebrides Islands.

The bridge is about 17 km south of B844 highway to the coastal town of Oban. To see the sea view from the bridge, you can stop at one end and walk across. The bridge has enough room for pedestrians, but not enough to park.

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