Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The bridge was funded by Brigadier-General Alexander Grant of Grant (1679-1720), who paid 100 pounds to mason John Niccelsone (Nicholson) to create what is the oldest known stone bridge in the Highlands.
Grant had a long military career and also served as an MP for Inverness-shire in the Scottish Parliament of 1703-1707 where he was one of the commissioners charged with arranging the 1707 Union of the crowns with England and was subsequently an MP in the united British Parliament five times. He also served as the Constable of Edinburgh Castle and is credited with suppressing outlaws and robbers in the Highlands following the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion.
As for the bridge, all that remains is a single span, arcing high into the air across the swiftly rushing river below. The parapets were washed away by floods in 1839 leaving a slender arch that would be terrifying to cross even if it were not carefully protected from access.
There is a viewing area at street level above the bridge and steps down the bank of the river to a lower viewing platform almost at water level. You can also get a very good view of the bridge from the modern road bridge immediately to the east. There is a footpath along the riverbank on the northern end of the bridge where you can catch glimpses of the bridge approach through the trees.
There is free parking in the village parking area a short walk south from the bridge, on the B9153.
About Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge
Address: Carrbridge, Highlands and Islands, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Bridge
Location: In the centre of the village, on the B9153. Easy access from the village parking lot.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Abernethy Forest - 5.2 miles (Countryside)
Loch Garten Osprey Centre - 5.3 miles (Countryside)
Doune of Rothiemurchus - 7.4 miles (Historic House)
Cairngorms National Park - Photos and Historic Sites - 8.5 miles (Countryside)
Cairngorms National Park - 8.9 miles (Countryside)
Ardclach Bell Tower - 14.2 miles (Historic Building)
Clava Cairns - 16.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Ruthven Barracks - 16.8 miles (Historic Building)
Nearest Accommodation to Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
7 The Parade
Highlands and Islands
Tel: 01479 810930