NH9022 : Autumn at Carrbridge

taken 2 months ago, near to Carrbridge/Drochaid Chrr, Highland, Scotland

Autumn at Carrbridge
Autumn at Carrbridge
Carrbridge (Drochaid Chrr)

Carrbridge (Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid Chrr) is a village, about 10 km north of Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. Until the bypass was constructed in the 1980s, the A9 road ran straight through the village.

The village is famous for its 18th century packhorse bridge (NH9022 : Old Pack Horse Bridge at Carrbridge ) around which it developed and from which it gets its name. The Old Bridge of Carr had been built in 1717 as a foot bridge and in 1791 a new toll bridge was built for wheeled transport, carrying first the Kinveachy to Dulsie Bridge military road and from 1803, the Perth - Inverness road as well. The 'T' junction at the new bridge was a natural place for a settlement to develop. The first building near the Bridge was an Inn. The 1808 village plan showed small crofts on along the new main road (Inverness Road). It was not until the opening of the Aviemore to Inverness spur of the Highland railway line in 1898 that Carrbridge grew from being a hamlet to becoming a village popular as a tourist destination.; an old holiday guide refers to Carrbridge as, "A quiet holiday village on the fringes of nowhere in particular". By the late 1950s Carrbridge was booming as the first ski-centre in Scotland.

LinkExternal link Carrbridge Community page

Old Packhorse Bridge, Carrbridge

The old packhorse bridge in Carrbridge in the Cairngorms National Park is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. The plaque near the viewpoint reads as follows:
At the beginning of the eighteenth century, to the inconvenience of both travellers and local people, there was no point at which the River Dulnain could be crossed when it was in spate, and burials at the Church of Duthil were often delayed.
Brigadier-General Alexander Grant of Grant, Clan Chief, commissioned John Niccelsone, a mason from Ballindaloch, to build a bridge at Lynne of Dalrachney. Built between May and November 1717, the bridge was paid for out of stipends of the Parish of Duthill.
Its parapets and side walls were badly damaged in the 18th century and again in the famous flood of August 1829, giving the appearance it still has today.
Category B listed. LinkExternal link

River Dulnain

The River Dulnain is a major left bank tributary of the River Spey in northeast Scotland. It rises in the eastern part of the Monadhliath Mountains and flows generally northeastward to Sluggan. Turning more easterly, the Dulnain passes Carrbridge. The final section flows east-northeast to the village of Dulnain Bridge. The river empties into the Spey after passing beneath the A95 road and the disused bridge of the former Strathspey railway.

Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms National Park, in the Highlands of Scotland, is the largest of the UK's National Parks. Covering an area of more than 4,500 square kilometres, it comprises a variety of landforms, from mountain peaks to low-lying valleys.

The Cairngorms National Park's website is here: LinkExternal link with information about the park on this page: LinkExternal link

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Ralph Greig   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 20 October, 2023   (more nearby)
Friday, 20 October, 2023
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 9063 2292 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:17.0259N 3:48.9563W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NH 90653 22917
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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