Things to Do around Nethy Bridge

Hill walking in the Cairngorms

Hill walking in the Cairngorms

There are countless activities around Nethy Bridge to suit all ages and abilities for locals and visitors alike. From adventurous White Water Rafting and Hillwalking in the Cairngorms to more sedate past-times like Green Bowling, easy walking along the Speyside Way or around nearby Loch-an-Eilein which has been voted Britain’s favourite picnic spot. And many things in between.
For local social clubs – Bridge, Bowling, Scottish Country Dancing etc please look at our Community page.
For special events see our Calendar and What’s On pages.
Otherwise we list below some local activities to give an idea but there are many more things to do.

For the fit and able

  • Hillwalking in the Cromdales or the (higher and wilder) Cairngorms.
    NB – see the warnings below.
  • White Water Rafting on the River Findhorn.
  • Mountain Biking – there are several organised tracks or many suitable routes in the hills around.
  • Horse Riding.

Gentler pastimes

White Water Rafting on the River Findhorn

White Water Rafting on the River Findhorn

  • Weekly Health Walks around Nethy. 1.30pm every Tuesday meet at the Community centre. 1 hour walk usually followed by tea coffee & cakes.
  • Walk the Speyside Way which goes through Nethy Bridge.
  • Explore the Path Networks maintained around Nethy by Explore Abernethy.
  • Join a special trip into the forest with the Ranger from Explore Abernethy.
  • Road cycle the road from Grantown on Spey through Nethy to Coylumbridge or around the Abernethy Forest.
  • Birding in the fields, woods and Abernethy Forest.
  • Golf at Nethy’s own – Abernethy Golf Course or one of the many others around.
  • Fish the nearby and famous River Spey for salmon or sea trout. (license needed)
  • Look for some or our rare wildlife including plants and animals as well as birds.
  • Take a trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway.
  • Canoe down the River Spey.
  • Outdoor bowling is available from May through to the beginning of September. Located at the rear of the Community centre and opposite the tennis courts. Bowls are available and visitors are most welcome. Please make a donation to the club in the honesty box

Car Touring

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

  • Visit Loch Ness – a ‘must do’ to see Nessie! Aslo see the Western Highlands.
  • Go to the Isle of Skye (a big day!).
  • Visit the Castles around the north-east of Nethy. The nearest are Ballindalloch; Cawdor and Brodie, but there are many more.
  • Tour the whisky distilleries and taste a dram or two.
  • Research your family’s roots.
  • See the dolphins on the Moray Firth.
  • Take a trip just about to the top of Cairngorm Mountain on the Funicular Railway.

    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.

Historical Tours

  • Walk from the village to visit Nethy’s own Castle Roy – dated 1210 and currently being stabilised to enable visits.
  • Be moved by the story of the Battle of Culloden at the National Trust for Scotland’s new centre.
  • See historic carved Pictish Stones, Stone Circles and Standing Stones.
  • Visit an exhibition at the Old Kirk in Nethy – next to Castle Roy when they are on – see their page.
  • See the working barracks at Fort George.

Useful Activity and Event websites

Loch Garten

Take a gentle stroll by Loch Garten in the Abernethy Forest near Nethy

In addition to Nethy Bridge events you can look for activities and What’s On in the National Park by visiting the Visit Cairngorms website. You can always search on Google for more details.


  • If walking independently and high always leave a route with someone.
  • Check the weather forecast and ensure that you have appropriate footwear, clothing and equipment, there could be snow or hail on the mountain tops at any time of year.
  • Take some emergency provisions just in case.
  • Familiarity with maps and compass are essential. DO NOT rely on a mobile phone.
  • Guides are available to take you if you are not experienced on high mountains.

Access with Responsibility

You are free to roam in Scotland but remember with such Rights come Responsibilities! We ask that you ‘Know the Code before you go’ so have a look at the Access Code.
Behave responsibly and the area is yours to explore!