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The Cairngorm Club Footbridge

Jamie  Green

Backbarrow, Nr Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Taken on my recent trip to the Rothiemurchus Forest in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.
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The Scots Are Coming Oct 2011
The Cairngorm Club is,according to Wikipedia,the oldest mountaineering club in Scotland. This bridge was built by them in 1912 and there seems to be a matter of debate as to which river it spans on its way to the pass of Lairig Ghru.
According to my OS map,the Allt Druidh ( pronounced Druie ) flows from below the Lairig Ghru and meets the Am Beanaidh ( which flows out of Glen Einich ) just a short way upstream from the bridge (seen here from the upstream side) The river becomes the River Druie (the anglicised version of the Gaelic Druidh) downstream at Coylumbridge where it meets the Luineag from Loch Morlich. Logic would then dictate that this bit by the bridge is the Druie or Druidh
However my OS map shows the river at this point as the Am Beanaidh, making the Allt Druidh a tributary…but it becomes the Druie downstream,which is weird. Other people make this the Druie, including www.geograph.org.uk which shows a copy of the plaque on the footbridge referring to the river crossing the Allt Na Beinne Moire The author states it crosses the Druie and no map he has found shows the Allt Na Beinne Moire. Interestingly I researched this and came up with some historical records from www.scottish-places.info/parishes/parhistory which referred to the Allt Na Beinne Moire flowing from Lochan na Capan through Loch Eunach and along the glen of the same name to meet the Luineag and continue as the Druie to the Spey near Aviemore. Now above Glen Einich (Gaelic Gleann Eanaich..pronounced Ennich) there is a Loch nan Cnapan that flows into Loch Einich and along the Glen..on my OS map this is the Am Beanaidh..which I infer was originally called the Allt Na Beinne Moire and so would seem to imply that the river under the footbridge is the Am Beanaidh and not the Druie…will we ever know? Who cares.It’s a lovely walk.
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