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Carrbridge can boast the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. And it is surely one of the features which makes this such a pretty, picturesque village.

It is famed also for its claim as being the first of the Scottish ski villages and there is no doubt, skiing has had a hand in its fortunes and has helped develop it into the successful, thriving little community it is today. But Carrbridge can offer so much more than just a good base from which to head for the slopes.

It has a very lively annual festival offering a mixture of music, comedy, art, nature, sport and fun over several days each summer. The village is also the base for the Wold Porridge Making Championships which attract entrants and their spurtles from all over the world.

Despite its size, Carrbridge also has its own challenging nine hole golf course, there is pony trekking available and for a more leisurely pursuit, visit the bowling green.

There is a good range of high-standard accommodation and evening entertainment as well as places to eat if you come back hungry but happy from your adventures.

You can learn about forestry in times gone by at the Landmark Heritage and Adventure Centre. Visit an old working saw mill, take a dizzying walk along the Tree-Top Trail and climb the 70ft watch tower for a breath-taking view!

There are lots of nature trails and way marked routes to help you explore the area.

Get even closer to the scenery and take to the water at Loch Insh where you can sail, canoe, row, fish, windsurf or water ski. Gentle sandy beaches slope into the water, making the loch ideal for a quick paddle or swim.

Hire a mountain bike and head off along the shore or enjoy some of the waymarked walks in the area.

With so much going on you can easily spend your whole holiday here, doing something very different every day.


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