Old Packhorse Bridge in the Scottish Highlands

It’s Friday again! I can’t believe it. I also can’t believe it’s nearly September. And fall. Bring it on. Anyway, hope ya’ll have had a nice week. Oops-sorry, my Oklahoma roots just popped out for a sec. Well, better that than my gray roots, I suppose. 🙂

Today I want to show you Old Packhorse Bridge. This pretty bridge is located in the village of Carrbridge, just off of the A938 in the Cairngorms National Park.

The hump shaped Old Packhorse Bridge over the River Dulnain.

I had seen this lovely place in photographs many times, so for me, this was a must-find. We were fortunate that the day we visited, we had it all to ourselves.

Just over three-hundred years old, it is believed that Old Packhorse Bridge is the oldest bridge remaining in the Highlands. A sign posted at the site gives the following information:

“At the beginning of the eighteenth-century, to the inconvenience of both travelers and local people, there was no point at which the River Dulnain could be crossed when it was in spate, and burials at the church of Duthil were often delayed.

Brigadier -General Alexander Grant of Grant, Clan Chief, commissioned John Niccelsone, a mason from Ballindalloch to build a bridge at Lynne of Dalrachney. Built between May and November 1717, the bridge was paid for out of stipends of the Parish of Duthil.

Its parapets and side walls were badly damaged in the 18th century and again in the famous flood of August 1829, giving the appearance it still has today.”

Old Packhorse Bridge and the River Dulnain.

Old Packhorse Bridge was also known to locals as “Coffin Bridge.”

Side view of Old Packhorse Bridge.
River Dulnain flowing over rocks.
River Dulnain

After enjoying the bridge and the river for a while, we popped into the Carrbridge Artists Studio, where I purchased this print by local artist Jeff Buttress. It will always be a beautiful reminder of a beautiful place.

A watercolor of Old Packhorse Bridge.
Artist: Jeff Buttress, Carrbridge Artists Studio

Have a wonderful weekend, friends.


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