Yair Bridge

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Yair Bridge
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Carries A707 public road
Crosses River Tweed
Heritage status Category A listed
Material Stone
Total length 146 feet (45 m)
Number of spans 3
Clearance below 22 feet (6.7 m)
Designer William Mylne
Opened 1764

The Yair Bridge or Fairnilee Bridge is a bridge across the River Tweed at Yair, near Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.


It was built in around 1764, with William Mylne acting as both designer and contractor.[1] Its construction was authorised by an Act of Parliament obtained in 1764, for 12 miles (19 km) of road that would cost 6560l, including the "substantial" bridge at Fairnilee.[2]

It was listed as a Category A listed building in 1971.[3]

The bridge was substantially rebuilt between 1987 and 1988, with the addition of reinforcing concrete.[4]


It has three arches of 42 feet (13 m) span, and is 22 feet (6.7 m) clear over the river.[4] The total length of the bridge is 146 feet (45 m).[4] The width between the parapets is 13 feet 9 inches (4.19 m), but the cutwaters are carried up to form semi-hexagonal pedestrian refuges.[4] The piers and abutments are made from block masonry, and the rest of the structure is made from rubble.[4]

The bridge carries the A707 public road across the River Tweed.[5]


  1. Skempton, A. W. (2002). A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland: 1500-1830. Thomas Telford. p. 473. ISBN 978-0-7277-2939-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Douglas, Robert (1798). General View of the Agriculture of the Counties of Roxburgh and Selkirk; with Observations on the Means of Its Improvement. Richard Phillips. p. 322.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Yair Bridge (Ref: 1901)". historic-scotland.gov.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Yair Bridge". rcahms.gov.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Google (16 March 2015). "Yair Bridge" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 16 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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