Abernethy Highland Games 2021
Cancellation of Games 14 August 2021
As the Covid-19 pandemic took hold around the world a year ago we considered and then confirmed the cancellation of our 2020 Abernethy Highland Games. This was a decision not taken lightly and there were those who thought it would all be passed by August.
If we had only known then that we would be in a similar position a year later it would have been hard to contemplate. However, that is exactly where we are.
The Committee of the Abernethy Highland Games have taken the painful decision to again cancel this year’s highland games which should have taken place on Saturday 14th of August. We are fully aware that this will again leave a huge hole in the village calendar on what has become the busiest weekend of the village’s year. There is also the knock-on effect on the social and financial fabric of the village.
However, we have to remain focused on the main picture and that is on overcoming Covid-19 and if missing another year of ‘the games’ helps in any way it is well worth it. If everybody sticks to the rules, then the sooner we will be through this ongoing tragedy.
In the meantime, we are working on next year’s games, although I remember saying this a year ago, and we hope to see you all in Nethy on Saturday 13th of August 2022.
Updates will be posted here when appropriate
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Welcome to Nethy Bridge
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’
Flowing through the centre of the village, the River Nethy is one of the main tributaries of the famous River Spey.
Cairngorms National Park
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 Snow Roads
Nethy Bridge is 5 miles from Grantown on Spey which can be either the start or the finish of your trip along the Snow Roads. The route of which traverses the highest public road in Britain. The minor road from Nethy Bridge to Tomintoul gives amazing vistas of the Northern Cairngorms.
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 fourth is on the golf course.
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.
BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch
The BBC have concluded their broadcasts of Winterwatch 2019, Springwatch 2019, Autumnwatch 2019, and Winterwatch 2020 from the Dell of Abernethy, Nethy Bridge
Winterwatch 2019 included information on Speyside Fields for Wildlife:
Find Out More About Nethy Bridge
Nethy Bridge was one of the first communities in the area to establish a tourist association website.
We have a vast database of the properties and people in Nethy Bridge and have listed them here in alphabetical order – this is very much a work in progress.
“Often affectionately referred to simply as “Nethy” the village has, since Victorian times been a tourist destination noted for its quiet and secluded location at the edge of the Abernethy Forest. It is situated in the heart of Strathspey in the Highlands of Scotland between Aviemore and Grantown.”
Nethy Bridge Community Centre
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