Carrbridge or sometimes spelled
Carr-Bridge, is a Village in the
Highlands of Scotland, 7 miles north of
Aviemore, 24 miles southeast of
Carrbridge is popular for its Old
Bridge built in 1717, oldest stone bridge
in the Highlands, Landmark Forest
Adventure Park, and Horse Drawn
There are a number of Wood Carvings
around the Village as it holds the
Scottish Open Chainsaw Carving
Competition each year in early September?
Making Championship in early
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
Touring Parks in the area.
The image top is of the main Car Park in the
Village, a short distance up the Main Street
from the Bridges. There are Wood Carvings at
the Car Park and Information Boards for
Attractions and Walks in the area.
The Village centre has two Hotels, Cafes,
and a few small Shops, with an Artist Studio
and an Arts and Crafts shop.
The Old Bridge crossing the River Dulnain is
the top attraction in Carrbridge. Known as the
Old Packhorse Bridge, or Coffin Bridge, it was
built in 1717 to allow funerals to cross the
River in all weather to reach Duthil Church.
This is claimed to be the oldest Stone Bridge
in the Highlands.
There had been a Church at Duthil 2 miles
east of Carrbridge since the 1400s. Duthil
Church in now home to the Clan Grant
Centre. Carrbridge Parish Church was not built
The Carrbridge Hotel overlooks the Old
and New Bridges, and the Golf Course. This
Hotel began as an Inn in 1803 as a stopover for
Horse Drawn Coaches.
Course is across the road from the
Carrbridge Hotel, opened in 1980.
The Cairn Hotel is
also in the Village centre on the Main
Carrbridge Parish Church is a short walk up
the Main Street by the main Car Park, built in
Adventure Park is at the south end of the Main
Street with an Aerial Assault Course, Dinghy
Slides, Dinosaur Kingdom with life size moving
Dinosaurs, large Kids Play, Optical Illusions,
Roller Coaster, real high Wooden Towers, Tarzan
Trail, and more.
1400s - Clan Grant gained vast areas of land
in this area with them building Freuchies
Castle 11 miles east of Carrbridge by the Town
of Grantown on Spey. Freuchies Castle was later
1400s - a Church is built at Duthil 2 miles
east of Carrbridge as the main Church for the
area at that time. This Church contains the
Graves and Mausoleums of Grant's of Castle
1717 - Brigadier-General Alexander Grant
funded the building of the Old Bridge at
1808 - an Inn was built by the Old Bridge as
a stopover for people traveling the area in
Horse Drawn Carriages.
1800s early - Thomas Telford built a New
Bridge at Carrbridge as he built the Highland
road network. This Bridge was built next to the
1829 - heavy rain led to the Old Bridge
being severely damaged. The Old Bridge is now
preserved as it was after the damage.
1894 - the Railway reached Carrbridge
running up from the south.
1897 - the line between Carrbridge and
Inverness was completed over a high point known
as the Slochd, with the line known as the
Highland Main Line. Some Trains have to stop on
this high point to cool down, as I found on one
1950s - Karl Fuchs set up an Austrian Ski
School at Carrbridge, claimed to be the first
organized skiing in Scotland.
1970 June - the Landmark Forest Adventure
1980 - Carrbridge Golf Course opened.
1980s - a ByPass was built to prevent
traffic traveling between Perth and Inverness
passing through Carrbridge.
1994 - Carrbridge starts holding the World
Porridge Making Championship each year around
2002 - the first Scottish Open Chainsaw
Carving Competition takes place at Carrbridge,
becoming an annual event around September.