Guide to Moray Speyside

Craigellachie Bridge

Craigellachie Bridge
Craigellachie Bridge

Craigellachie Bridge is very near the village of Craigellachie in the heart of Speyside. It is situated 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 sometimes referred to as the Telford Bridge. The bridge crosses the fast flowing River Spey. It’s also occasionally referred to as the Telford Bridge.

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 and many will take the chance to see it. It’s free to visit.

The bridge has striking, iron fretwork and is often photographed. It has a striking backdrop of cliffs with trees clinging on to the cliff making a great photo at any time of year. It’s been the backdrop to many relationships. Newly married couples often have their wedding 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.

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

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.

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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