In the heart of the picturesque Cairngorms village of Carrbridge, be sure to pay a visit to the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands – The Old Packhorse Bridge, which dates back impressively to 1717.
The bridge was funded by Brigadier-General Alexander Grant of Grant, who paid mason John Niccelsone just £100 to construct it. At the time, it was primarily used to enable funeral processions to reach Duthil Church when the River Dulnain was in spate, giving rise to the nickname ‘the coffin bridge’. On two separate occasions, the parapets and side walls were badly damaged, giving the bridge the worn but characteristic appearance it has today.
Not only is The Old Packhorse Bridge iconic within Carrbridge itself, but it is also one of the most recognisable landmarks in the whole of Cairngorms National Park, so grabbing a photograph or two is an absolute must. It also has the benefit of being a stunning sight no matter the season