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Pack Bridge

One of the oldest masonry bridges in Scotland.

Alyth’s Pack Bridge (intended to carry packhorses loaded with sidebags or panniers across the burn) is one of the oldest masonry bridges in Scotland and is shown on maps as far back as 1600.

Reputedly built around 1500, it is known to be have been rebuilt in 1674 and heightened in the 19th century with its wide parapets, although it retains its original five-foot width.

The cutwater (the sharp wedge-shaped piers of the bridge, designed to resist water flow and break up ice) is unusual and may be very ancient. The stilted segmental arch shape has also been described by historians as ‘surprising’ and the overhanging parapets ‘quite unusual’.

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