Old Packhorse Bridge

Old Packhorse Bridge is a good stop off if you are heading north or south on the A9. Take the five minute detour into the charming village of Carrbridge and admire the oldest stone bridge in the highlands

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The Old Packhorse Bridge Carrbridge - Places to Visit Inverness-shire
The Old Packhorse Bridge in Carrbridge, Inverness-shire. The pretty village of Carrbridge is in Strathspey, part of the Cairngorms National Park. The Packhorse Bridge is located only seven miles north of Aviemore, just off the main A9 road. Flowing through the heart of the village is the River Dulnain which flows into the river Spey. The dark peaty water is sometimes a spectacle in its own is thunders over the craggy river bed and under the bridge.

Old Packhorse Bridge in Carrbridge

The Old Packhorse Bridge in Carrbridge dates back to 1717. It is said to have been built to allow funeral processions from the south to cross the river while in spate, to reach Duthil Church. Talking of “spates”, the great flood in August 1829 badly damaged the bridge, as well as a good part Strathspey. As a result it left the bridge in its current condition with mainly the arc as the parapets were washed away.

Back in them days it was nicknamed the “coffin bridge”. Today it is recognised as the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. Visitors can view the bridge from the new road bridge that crosses the river or from the viewing platform. Also at the beginning of Station Road, on the left, follow the steps down to the river bank.

The Old Packhorse Bridge

If you are a photographer, one of the best times to photograph it is at dusk or dawn. Especially if you catch it during sunrise or sunset as the bridge is illuminated also. So, next time you journey along the A9, take a short detour into Carrbridge and view the Old Packhorse Bridge and share you photographs with us.

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