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Local Information

Carrbridge is located at the foot of the spectacular Monadhliath Mountains in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park – an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The village’s most famous landmark is the 18th century packhorse bridge, the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands, on the river Dulnain.

This scenic and tranquil village – said to be described by Queen Victoria as “the jewel of the north” - has a vibrant and friendly community and includes a primary school, village shop, post office and hotels.

As an ideal base for exploring the Scottish Highlands, the local area offers an extensive range of outdoor pursuits including skiing at Scotland's leading ski resorts - Aviemore, hillwalking, mountain biking, golfing and fishing. Other attractions include Landmark Forest Park, Strathspey Steam Railway and the Malt Whisky Trail.

Transport

Carrbridge has a railway station on the main line between Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The Caledonian Sleeper from London to Inverness also stops in Carrbridge.

Carrbridge enjoys an accessible location, just off the main A9 route, with the Highland capital of Inverness 25 miles north. Attractions in Inverness include shopping, Eden Court Theatre, leisure centre, cinema and castle. Inverness Airport has regular daily flights to London, Manchester, Birmingham and other UK destinations.

The village is also on the east to west route through to Aberlour and the A96 at Keith.

Education

Primary education is provided at Carrbridge Primary School, a modern one storey building set in attractive grounds. A nursery is also based at the school.

Secondary education is provided at nearby Grantown Grammar School. A new community leisure facility at the school features a swimming pool and other high-quality sporting facilities.

Health

Doctors surgeries are located at nearby Grantown and Aviemore.

Raigmore Hospital in Inverness is the nearest major hospital with accident and emergency department.

Leisure

As the UK’s largest national park, the leisure and activity opportunities in the Cairngorms National Park are endless.

Carrbridge itself is home to the hugely popular Landmark Forest Theme Park

The village is also boasts cycle routes to suit all abilities including the popular Route 7, scenic woodland walks, pony trekking and a bowling club.

The area’s stunning landscapes attract many outdoor enthusiasts wishing to take advantage of the Cairngorm and Monadhliath Mountain ranges.

Three out of the five Scottish Ski Centres are within the park - at CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore, Glenshee near Braemar and the Lecht 2090 near Tomintoul.

In warmer weather, mountain biking is popular, as is walking, and even 'bagging' a Munro.

Another popular summer pastime is watersports thanks to some of the cleanest rivers and lochs in Europe. Fishing, sailing, windsurfing, paddlesports, rafting, swimming and gorge walking are all within easy reach.

The park boasts two dedicated watersports centres at Loch Insh and Loch Morlich, both of which are in beautiful setting.

The abundance of wildlife in the Spey valley attracts bird watchers and fishing enthusiasts.

For the golfer, several good quality courses are located nearby, including Carrbridge’s own 9-hole course. Also nearby are Craggan and Abernethy golf clubs, both of which will challenge the most demanding player. Newtonmore Golf Course is set alongside the fast-flowing River Spey while the courses at Grantown on Spey, Boat of Garten and Kingussie Golf Club all offer stunning backdrops.

There is also plenty to do for the whole family. As well as the Landmark Centre, there is the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, the Highland Folk Museum at Kingussie and Cairngorm Sleddog Centre at Aviemore.

The area is also famous for castles and distilleries.

Shopping

Carrbridge has a good range of shops including a grocery, Post Office, petrol station and garage, pottery and arts studio, and gift shop at Landmark.

Nearby villages such as Grantown on Spey and Aviemore offer further shopping opportunities, including the Spey Valley Shopping Centre, a luxury department store at Macdonald Aviemore Resort

Restaurants and Bars

Within the Cairngorms National Park, there is an abundance of award winning restaurants catering for every taste.

Carrbridge offers a range of eateries where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or light refreshments and home baking. You can also enjoy local ales and whiskies in front of an open log fire. Cairn Hotel offers a country pub atmosphere, while Carrbridge Hotel Restaurant and Bistro prides itself on fine produce such as fresh salmon, game and seafood. Also available is the The Old Bakery, Landmark Foresters Restaurant and Carrbridge Kitchen.

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