Abernethy Old Kirk Association

Kirk and Graveyard

Kirk and Graveyard

The Abernethy Old Kirk Association (or AOKA) was formed in 2009 when the Church of Scotland Trustees indicated that the Old Kirk was no longer required for their purposes and would be sold.

A group of locals got together to save this historic building which had served Nethy bridge well over hundreds of years and ensure it was available for the future.

Contact The Abernethy Old Kirk Association: old.kirk@nethybridge.com


To keep the building in good repair AOKA organise many fund-raising events through the spring, summer and autumn. These are many and varied from concerts and talks to exhibitions of many kinds, which are very popular with both exhibitors and visitors alike. These all help to bring in the cash necessary to help maintain the building.
Sometimes it may not be possible to hold funerals in the Old Kirk due to these other uses although this vary rarely happens as the directors will always try their utmost to accommodate all.

Weddings; Plays; Exhibitions; Talks; Concerts … tea and cakes …

Congratulations to the Bridge and Groom!

Now owned and managed by the community, the Old Kirk has now become a great asset to Nethy Bridge with the building available for weddings, both Christian and Humanist; funerals and occasional worship for any Christian denomination.

Medieval Castle Roy, right next door to the Old Kirk has a wonderful area especially for large marquees which can be erected to hold your wedding reception – the views across the Castle and the Old Kirk, to the Cairngorm Mountains are second to none!

Do pop in

Walking the Speyside Way?
Exploring the Nethy Bridge Walks Network?
Why not contact us to arrange for refreshments at the end of your walk? – We may be available even in closed periods, by special arrangement.

GeneologyThe Old Kirk from above

Our genealogy archive is continually updated and has been a great resource for locals and others researching their family trees

We are always grateful to receive any information, photographs, anecdotes or memorabilia which we can use to record the rich history of Abernethy and the Abernethy Old Kirk.

AOKA; the Community and Directors

AOKA exists for the benefit of the community – near and far. The Directors are all volunteers and bring various life skills to the project.
We always welcome any comments on our project or website, please contact us via email oldkirk@nethybridge.com

History of AOKA
(Abernethy Old Kirk Association)
Photographic Exhibition at the Old Kirk

2009 – AOKA formed

The Abernethy Old Kirk Association – AOKA was formed in 2009 when the Church of Scotland Trustees indicated that the Old Kirk was no longer required and would be sold

2010 – Private company

AOKA became a private limited company limited by guarantee and a registered charity in 2010

2011 – The Old Kirk purchasedTed Fest Jubilee Party

The Church of Scotland sold the Old Kirk to AOKA for £1,000 in 2011

2012-2013 – Exterior renovation work was carried out

Grateful thanks are given to our Funders – the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Cairngorm National Park Leader grant, Awards for All and the Ward Discretionary Budget.

We would also like to thank all our donors, supporters and volunteers; the project depends on their generosity, help and support.