The oldest stone bridge in the Highlands of Scotland which was the first bridge allowing the River Dulnain to be crossed with dry feet was built in what is now Carrbridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland, between May and November 1717 by a mason called John Niccelsone. He did so at the behest of Brigadier-General Alexander Grant of Grant at a cost of £100.

The main aim of the bridge was to ensure that funeral processions from the south did not have to be delayed reaching Duthil Church when the river was in spate and unfordable.

The bridge was damaged by a great flood (the Muckle Spate) in 1829, leaving the present fragile looking archway we see today.

The Old Bridge over the River Dulnain is an Historic Scotland Category B Listed Building (HB Number 241).


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  • GerryMac
    GerryMacover 6 years ago

    excellent composition Tom!

  • andygibb
    andygibbover 6 years ago

    great detail texture and colour… a classic shot

  • anaisnais
    anaisnaisover 6 years ago

    A beautiful picture, so serene. A firm favourite!

  • dawlishblue
    dawlishblueover 6 years ago

    I’ve been to Carrbridge, this is a well composed shot of the old bridge

  • janpiller
    janpillerover 6 years ago

    This one is gorgeous! It looks like something out of The Lord of the Rings!

  • Gary Murison
    Gary Murisonover 6 years ago

    Nice shot. I live not that far from here, but did not know the history about the bridge. Thanks for the little snippet about its background :)

  • hallucingenic
    hallucingenicover 6 years ago

    i just love this! its o awesum almost like something u would c in a fairytale movie :) amazing capture

  • fenner
    fennerover 6 years ago

    Love this shot!

  • Philip  Rogan
    Philip Roganover 6 years ago

    What a wonderful bridge. Is there work to preserve it?

  • Only the shell of the original bridge remains, but it’s kept in good repair as it is a piece of highland history, and a major tourist attraction to this small town.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Rois Bheinn Art and Design
    Rois Bheinn Ar...over 6 years ago

    Super – don’t you just love this glorious country?

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