Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge

The Story Behind the Image - Carrbridge Packhorse Bridge

One of the most iconic visitor attractions in the Cairngorms, the old packhorse bridge across the River Dulnain at Carrbridge was built in 1717. The bridge was built to allow funeral processions to access Duthil Church when the river was in spate. Because of this, the bridge was known locally as 'the coffin bridge'.

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.

It didn't always look so perilous; heavy floods in 1839 swept away the original parapets, leaving only a solitary, slender arch soaring above the swiftly rushing river.

I've visited Carrbridge several times, but this photo was almost an accident. I was on my way north for a week-long photography holiday on Loch Ness, and my satnav took me directly through Carrbridge. I couldn't resist stopping for 'just one more' photo, and this is it.

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