River Ythan Ardlethen Footbridge 

In January 2016 another violent storm hit the North East of Scotland similar to that of Storm Frank, the previous December. The effects of the storm are well documented within the river Ythan catchment area as the river rose to previously unrecorded heights.

One of the casualties of this storm was the total destruction of a footbridge that crossed the river Ythan at Ardlethen.

The footbridge had been there for about a hundred years and was initially used by school children to cross the river to go to school. It was also used by members of the community as well as anglers to access both sides of the river for both recreational and leisure use.

In 2006 the Aberdeen and District Angling Association purchased the fishings along with both riverbanks at Ardlethen and including the Ardlethen Bridge.

Under recent Scottish Legislation on rights of access to the countryside, the ADAA continued with the public’s right of access to use the bridge.

It is anticipated that this new replacement bridge, a much more robust construction, will last for at least another one hundred years for the community.

The Associations President Bob Dey advises that: “The replacement bridge will enable members of the community a wider access to the countryside thereby enriching a more healthy and active lifestyle.

Members of the public will be able to access both sides of the river by using this bridge preventing walking on a busy public road and avoiding road traffic dangers.

The original bridge was already an asset to the local community and by replacing it will continue to assist the economic prosperity of the area as well as be a useful amenity to be enjoyed by all community groups”

Update September 2017: the new bridge has been delivered to the site and that a suitable weather window is required for final installation.

Update February 2018: the new bridge is installed. The Association wishes to take this opportunity to thank all those organisations that helped fund the replacement footbridge: The Big Lottery Fund, Aberdeenshire Council, and Tesco.

Update August 2018: the final finishing works are now completed.

The footbridge prior to the flooding in January 2016

The damaged footbridge following the flooding in January 2016 

July 2017. The new footbridge ready for installation

February 2018. The new footbridge is in place.

Statement from President

Letter from Scottish Parliament

Letter from Alex Salmond

August 2018. The final touches! The new footbridge is complete (note also photos from recent ADAA Junior Day plus the Associations HQ, The Bothy, Riverside Drive, Aberdeen).