Carrbridge makes a great base to explore The Cairngorms National Park and The Scottish Highlands.
Carrbirdge is a charming historic village located between Inverness and Aviemore nestled in woodland beside the River Dulnain in The Cairngorms National Park. The village is best known for its famous packhorse bridge and is also home to Landmark Forest Adventure Park, a chainsaw carving competition and even the World Porridge Championships.
Landmark Forest Adventure Park
If you are coming to area with kids - Landmark in Carrbridge is a must visit. Set amongst the Caledonian forest it combines its woodland location with lots of great fun for all ages. The attraction has grown over the years and now boasts water slides, kid friendly rides and a spectacular new Dinosaur Kingdom - with huge, life-size (and roaring!) dinosaurs. You can also explore the treetop trail, learn all about the areas history, have fun with optical illusions at the bamboozaleum and if your feeling fit head to the top of the fire tower for spectacular views.
The old packhorse bridge
Make sure you snap a pic of the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. One of the most recognised landmarks not just in the village but in The Cairngorms. Spectacular no matter the weather but particularly impressive when the river is high and makes you imagine how big the great flood that washed over the bridge must have been. If you are lucky you may catch local legend Spud the Piper playing his pipes from the top of the bridge.
Carrbridge Forest walks
Carrbridge is nestled in ancient woodland so it is no surprise there is a wealth of trails to explore around the village. For a stunning views head up to Calderwood viewpoint, for less strenuous walks there are a number of trails including a 30 minute walk along the River Dulnain or explore Ellan and Glencharrnoch woods.
Carrbridge Golf Club
If looking to enjoy a spot of golf while staying in the village, Carrbridge golf club is open to visitors and will be sure to give you a warm welcome. The course offers some stunning views and we’ve been told that the 9 holes offer plenty of challenge and enjoyment for golfers of all abilities. The clubhouse offers refreshments and golfing essentials.
This annual event in September draws competitors to test their chainsaw carving skills to create wonderful wooden sculptures. No matter the time of the year you visit the village you can see many of these works of arts dotted throughout the village on the Carve Carrbridge sculpture trail.
Golden Spurtle Porridge World Championships
Another competition that has put Carrbridge on the map is the World Porridge Championship - The Golden Spurtle. The golden trophy is named after the the Scots kitchen utensil used for stirring porridge, this event started as a small event in the 1990s and has now grown to be world famous. It sees competitors coming from across the world to take a shot at winning the coveted golden spurtle trophy by putting their porridge recipes to the test. On every October in the village hall.
Where is Carrbridge?
Carrbridge is located in The Cairngorms National Park in The Scottish Highlands. The village is just off the main A9 that runs between Inverness and Perth and not far from the A95 that connects to Grantown and Speyside. It is 24 miles south of Inverness and just 8 miles from Aviemore. The village offers easy access to Speyside and The Highlands by road, bus and train. The closest airport is Inverness which is a 45 minute drive. There is a small shop, post office, restaraunts, cosy village pub and Petrol station with garage. Aviemore offers a range of pubs, restaurants and shopping including two supermarkets.
How to get to Carrbidge by train?
Carrbridge is served by a mainline station connecting the village to Inverness to the North and Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh to the south. Scotrail, The Caledonian Sleeper, LNER all serve or connect with the village - either by stopping directly or by changing in Aviemore.
How to get to Carrbidge by bus?
Carrbridge is well served by local buses connecting the village to Inverness, Aviemore and Grantown on Spey. Services are operated by Stagecoach Highland. National services connecting Glasgow, Edinburgh and the UK by Megabus, Citylink and National Express connect in Aviemore.
How to get to Carrbidge by bike?
The village is on National Cycle Route 7 connecting with Boat of Garten, Aviemore and Inverness. This also offers connections to a wealth of tracks to explore for all abilities across the Cairngorms National Park.