Yesterday was a great day and I was off to Newtonmore for a game of golf. As I stopped to pick up my pal Tom Jones for a game of golf at Newtonmore I was as always very early so I went into Carrbridge to the wee shop. The village was busy at 0830 lots of tourists and all taking photos of the wonderful bridge, the village is a bonnie place and in the sun with the flags out for the 300 Anniversary of the bridge a wonderful sight. This bridge is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the Cairngorms, the old pack-horse 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 famous Carrbridge 300 years young.
The bridge was funded by Brigadier-General Alexander Grant of Grant, who paid ï¿½100 to mason John Niccelsone (Nicholson) to create what is the oldest known stone bridge in the Highlands.
All that remains of the bridge is a single span, arcing high into the air across the swiftly rushing river below. The parapets were washed away by floods in 1839. There is a viewing area at street level above the bridge, and steps down the bank of the river to a lower viewing platform almost at water level. Well worth a visit any tales of the bridge?
The golf was great at Newtonmore a fun course made very welcome, we had a diet busting bacon roll well done and tea before we started and I met an old Mountain Rescue pal from the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team , Malcolm Slater and we had a great catch up of the old times. So many names came up, Peter Cliff. Hamish, Roger Wild and many others and it was great to catch up with an old pal Malcolm was a fair climber in his day and looking well.
The wild man of Newtonmore.
The views all day were outstanding with the Corbett Creagh Dubh dominating and the Mondaliaths looking great in the sun and the golf was even better. I enjoyed the hospitality and catching up with my pals and having the health to enjoy a game. It was hot and the sun screen was on early as was the hat for the bald head. The sun makes everything look great and the meal in the gold club superb. I went back to Carrbridge to pick up my car and then enjoyed a sunny drive home over the Dava Moor where there is huge construction going on with a new big wind – farm, progress ?
I stopped to buy some fresh eggs and realised I had duck eggs when i got home! Any ideas what to do with them. Saturday will be an easy day getting ready for an early start for Beinn Eighe and a long day tomorrow. It is raining now and we need it.