Welcome to Nethy Bridge

Nethy Bridge and the Cairngorms, the River Spey, Abernethy Forest and steam train

Nethy Bridge and the Cairngorms, the River Spey, Abernethy Forest and steam train

Situated in the heart of beautiful Strathspey in the Highlands of Scotland, Nethy Bridge is the perfect centre to enjoy the countryside of the glorious Scottish Highlands and we are within easy reach of all corners of the Cairngorms National Park.

Almost midway between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey, Nethy Bridge boasts a full range of accommodation from hotels to bed and breakfasts, self-catering establishments and hostels, and has easy access to a vast range of activities throughout the area.

Nethy Bridge & the Abernethy Forest

The village of Nethy Bridge – often affectionately referred to simply as “Nethy” has been a holiday destination since Victorian times, yet it remains unspoilt with the majority of accommodation hidden away in quiet locations next to the ancient Caledonian pine forest. Nethy has had a long and close relationship with the Abernethy Forest and as a result of this has taken on the mantle of ‘The Forest Village’

River Nethy

Flowing through the centre of the village, the River Nethy is one of the main tributaries of the famous River Spey.

Cairngorms National Park

Red squirrels: frequent visitors in Nethy Bridge

Red squirrels – frequent visitors in Nethy Bridge

With the dramatic backdrop of the often snow-capped Cairngorm Mountains and surrounded by hundreds of acres of the Abernethy Forest, Nethy Bridge is in the newest and largest National Park in Scotland – the Cairngorms National Park.

NC500; NE250 and the Snow Road

Nethy Bridge is an ideal, relaxed place to start and end a tour of the NC500 or North Coast 500 mile road journey – see the map – around the top of Scotland – also the NE250 or Nort-East 250 mile route – see the map – and the Snow Road from Blairgowrie to Grantown on Spey. We were also slp-bang in the middle of the BBC’s ‘Monarch Country’ filming area and Outlander Country filming spots.

Rare and unusual Wildlife

The forests around Nethy are full of interesting wildlife from Red Squirrels, Crested Tits, Crossbills and Capercaillie, to the rarely spotted Pine Martens and even rarer Wild Cat. There are also rare flowers like the sweet-scented Twinflower and a tiny orchid called Creeping Ladies Tresses.

Thomas Telford and Nethy Bridge

Built in 1810, the bridge over the River Nethy is a classic Telford design with three arches. It’s at the heart of the village spanning the lower reaches of the River Nethy a mile before it reaches the River Spey which is one of Scotland’s foremost salmon rivers. It’s the bridge that gave the village its name. It had to be repaired after the August 1829 Great or Muckle Flood when part of it was washed away. In all, Nethy can boast 4 Thomas Telford’s bridges – the main one over the River Nethy, one is over the Duack Burn, another over the Aultmore Burn and the forth is on the golf course.

Nethy Bridge - one of Thomas Telford's 4 bridges in Nethy

Nethy Bridge – one of Thomas Telford’s 4 bridges in Nethy

Abernethy to Nethy Bridge

Originally called Abernethy, Nethy Bridge was renamed when the railways came this far north in the 1860’s. The Great North of Scotland Railway already had a village called Abernethy on its line further south, so renamed this one Nethy Bridge to differentiate the two. But the place name Abernethy is still frequently used around here – Abernethy Highland Games, Abernethy Forest, Abernethy Primary School etc.

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