Situated in the heart of beautiful Strathspey in the Highlands of Scotland between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey, 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. 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’
Flowing through the centre of the village, the River Nethy is one of the main tributaries of the famous River Spey.
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.
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.
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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