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Carrbridge

Carrbridge's most famous landmark is the old packhorse bridge, from which the village is named. The bridge, built in 1717, is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. It was severely damaged in the "muckle spate" of 1829 which left it in the condition seen today. It is now unstable and is recommended only to be viewed from afar. Jumping off the bridge into the River Dulnain below had long been a popular pastime for younger locals and the more adventurous tourists.

Carrbridge

Carrbridge's most famous landmark is the old packhorse bridge, from which the village is named. The bridge, built in 1717, is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. It was severely damaged in the "muckle spate" of 1829 which left it in the condition seen today. It is now unstable and is recommended only to be viewed from afar. Jumping off the bridge into the River Dulnain below had long been a popular pastime for younger locals and the more adventurous tourists.

comments (15)

What a delight!
Alan: A little part of Scottish history.
Lovely old bridge, well captured Alan. It must have been on the limit for a packhorse bridge with that arch! It reminds me of a story I heard about the Tyne bridge, when an old coal merchant saw the arch being built before they hung the roadway from it, who said " I don't think my hoss 'n cart 'ill get ovver yon bridge! "
Alan: I'd been very wary loading up a packhorse before crossing the bridge. I wonder just how much material has been removed from on top of the arch?
Amazing the arch they put on this... Beautiful photo!
Alan: A classic shape. Its probably stronger than it looks but I had no desire to get on to it.
Très jolie photo.
Alan: A little part of Scottish history.
Let's hope it can be preserved like this for generations to come, Alan! How poetic.
Alan: I'm sure now it will still be there long after we have gone, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Jan 2019, 06:46
I am surprised it stays up, Alan - it has probably had lots of "muckle spates" since 1829
Alan: I wonder just how much material has been removed from on top of the arch. I'm sure you're right of about the "muckle spates".
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Jan 2019, 06:47
It's very pretty but I wouldn't want to jump up & down on it, with my pockets full of coins, bullets or bread pudding..
Alan: Nor me.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Jan 2019, 06:55
I so love the view, Alan. This is such a beautiful spot. However I would not dare to cross the bridge, there are limits to me being the daredevil here....
Alan: Best enjoyed from nearby, I feel, rather than clambering on to it. Fortunately, there is a much more substantial bridge close by which takes the modern "horseless carriage" smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Jan 2019, 07:12
I am not sure if I would dare to cross this bridge. An impressive view from the river!
Alan: Nor me! I may frequently do daft things but even I have some common sense on occasions smile Thanks, Philine.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Jan 2019, 08:13
I was hoping to see a picture of you jumping off it Alan.
Alan: I'd hate to be the person who brings it down so I kept off it.
A delightful scene Alan

Many a mickle makes a muckle
Alan: Umm.. if you say so!
I knew where this is from the thumbnail, a much visited tourist attraction for which you have found a great viewpoint.
Alan: We were lucky as shortly after a coach load of tourists arrived and got in the way.
> Very nice view... especially with the blue sky above giving it colour contrast.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2019, 02:20
It is delightful smile
Looks like the perfect place for a picnic.

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