NEW drawings have been completed of a multi-billion pound bridge which some hope could one day connect Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The pictures were done by Scottish architect Professor Alan Dunlop last month after he visited County Antrim and took a trip to Torr Head.

Modelled on the Oresund bridge which links Sweden and Denmark, the illustrations show a long road link from the north coast of Ireland to Campbeltown in Argyll.

Dunlop, who conceived of the idea for the structure back in January 2018, made several sketches at the scene and completed the drawings in his studio in the course of a day when he returned home to Aberfoyle.

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The panorama shows (from left to right) Fair Head, Rathlin Island with lighthouse, Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Mull of Kintyre and the remains of a sixth century fort near Torr Head in County Antrim.

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“I wanted to go to Torr Head and have a look at the landscape there and over to Scotland and imagine what that journey might be,” he told The National.

He said the visit made him more convinced that the link was possible.

“I genuinely think it would be awe-inspiring and a world first. It is the closest link between the two countries, but the journey from Campbeltown to the central belt is quite tortuous.

“But when Nicola Sturgeon announced prior to the election plans to build a bridge between Gourock and Dunoon, a series of such smaller stepping stones would cut three hours off that journey.”