Guide to Moray Speyside

Craigellachie Bridge

Craigellachie Bridge
Craigellachie Bridge

Find Craigellachie Bridge very near the village of Craigellachie in the heart of Speyside. It is situated just off the A941 between Rothes and Aberlour. Craigellachie Bridge was built in 1814 by Thomas Telford, a prolific designer of major public works including harbours and canals. It’s also known as the Telford Bridge. The bridge crosses the fast flowing River Spey and is the oldest iron bridge in Scotland.

Why is it special?

Craigellachie Bridge is a key fixture on the Malt Whisky Trail and one of the top things to see. Even if tourists don’t know about it before they arrive, they will see it from the A941. It is free to visit although there is a donation box if you want to help with its upkeep.

The bridge has striking, iron fretwork and is often photographed. It has a dramatic backdrop of cliffs with trees clinging on to the rocks which makes for a great photo at any time of year. It’s been the backdrop to many wedding photographs as newly married couples often have their photos taken there.

The Moray Firth has lots of beaches but this part of the River Spey has a very small beach. The River Spey is the fastest river in Scotland, so it’s not a place to swim in. Jut down river the newer road bridge spans the River Spey. Under the is Heather Island which the Rivery Spey flows around and a short distance after that is where the River Fiddich meets the River Spey.

Craigellachie Bridge often makes an appearance in whisky distillery promotional films. E.g. Macallan 

If you visit the Spirit of Speyside Festival and you are likely to find a free event held down by the bridge. In the past a 50 year old Craigellachie Distillery whisky has been shared by a lucky few!

The village of Craigellachie is a popular place to visit with its whisky related activities including whisky bars and the Speyside Cooperage.

Craigellachie Bridge is one of the iconic places to see in Speyside. The latticed iron fretwork reaches over the River Spey at a beautiful point. The small castle like towers at each end a nod to times past. Its a place to relax, sit by the water and watch the world go by.

When is the best time to visit?

It’s still a bit off the beaten track so generally it’s never too busy.

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