Things To Do
Mountview HotelIn the centre of Nethy Bridge, (15 mins walk) you’ll find 2-3 course Sunday lunches and fine evening dining at the Mountview Hotel. Mountview Hotel
AndersonsAnother local favourite is Andersons Restaurant in nearby Boat-of-Garten (10mins drive) where local produce and creative flair combine to great effect. Anderson’s Restaurant
Old Bridge InnThe Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore offers a roaring log fire and cheerful atmosphere along with excellent food, malts, ales and live music. The Old Bridge Inn
Cairn HotelOur favourite family-run ‘local’ in Carrbridge – a log fire, malt whiskies, real ales and excellent affordable food. The Cairn
Mountain CafeFor excellent soup, frothy coffee and much more, plus a great view of the hills from the balcony, try the Mountain Cafe in the centre of Aviemore. Mountain Cafe
Nethy Bridge HotelA 1 mile walk brings you to the local hotel ‘lounge bar’ offering bar food for hungry walkers.
Music & Events
‘Nethy GamesNethy Bridge in August, always the 2nd Saturday, is all about The Abernethy Highland Games. It’s our big event of the year, with a spectacular march of 100 pipes and drums, top class piping and dancing competitions, plus traditional sports including the world-famous heavy events and a funfair to keep the kids amused.
Old Bridge InnThe Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore offers a roaring log fire and cheerful atmosphere along with excellent food, malts, ales and possibly the liveliest and most traditional live music venue for miles. The Old Bridge Inn
The Insider FestivalInshriach by Aviemore June. This annual bonanza and fun filled musical event just has to be on your calendar The Insider Music Festival
HootanannyUp in Inverness is the best live music outside the Old Bridge Inn. Hootananny in Church Street is a real institution with an eclectic menu – food as well. Hootananny
World Porridge Making ChampionshipWorld Porridge Making Championship, Carrbridge in October. A world class event in a pint size village. Brilliant. World Porridge Making Championship
Carve CarrbridgeScottish Open Chainsaw Carving Competition – August The best known event of its type attracting competitors from all over the globe. Carve Carrbridge
MotorManiaGrantown on Spey – September Grantown hosts around 400 vintage, and other elderly unusual motors from yesteryear occupying the whole of the town square and beyond MotorMania
Hogmanay and a HalfHogmanay and a Half, The Square, Grantown on Spey – New Year With footstomping band ‘Smuid’, fiddles, pipes, mulled wine and the longest Strip the Willow in the country
Highland GamesTraditional Highland Games in Tomintoul and Newtonmore. The Lonach Games and, the best of all, Abernethy Highland Games Nethy Bridge – but then we’re biassed.
Eden Court TheatreEden Court Theatre & Cinema, Inverness The hub of many different cultural performances in the North. Eden Court Theatre
Walking & Wildlife
Explore AbernethyFrom Nethy Bridge follow waymarked trails through the famous Scots Pine forest, and along the River Nethy. Guided walks will also give you extra local information on wildlife and help you discover how people have lived and worked in this forest over the centuries. Explore Abernethy
WalkingThe Speyside Way, extending from the Cairngorms to the Moray Coast, passes through Nethy Bridge mostly following the course of early rail routes beside the River Spey. Any section can provide a beautiful day’s walk through world famous whisky making countryside. Otherwise, try the Walk Scotland website for local options, or use OS explorer maps available locally and check with us for help planning a route on the day.
Cairngorm RangerFor a guided introduction to mountain walking in the Cairngorms or for advice relating to climbing or high level walking at any time of the year, including weather/snow conditions, we recommend the Cairngorm Ranger Service. Cairngorm Ranger
RSPBIn spring witness ospreys nesting from the hide at nearby Loch Garten Reserve or rise early to observe a capercailllie lek with the experts. Loch Garten Reserve
PinewoodsAbernethy pinewoods remain a stronghold for native scottish red squirrels and these plentiful residents are an everyday sight. Visit the feeding stations located on the Explore Abernethy trails and report your sightings to the ranger.
Highland Wildlife ParkExperience international endangered animals of mountains and tundra as well as our native wildlife in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park. Highland Wildlife Park
AberlourVisit the Aberlour distillery website. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 25 miles Quick info : Set tour times. Entrance fee payable at distillery.
BalvenieVisit the Balvenie distillery website. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 31 miles Quick info : Set tour times. Entrance fee payable at distillery.
BenromachVisit the Benromach distillery website. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 27 miles Quick info : Entrance fee payable at distillery.
Cardow (Cardhu)Information about the Cardhu distillery. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 21 miles Quick info : Entrance fee payable at distillery.
CragganmoreCragganmore whisky distillery information. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 18 miles Quick info : By appointment only. Entrance fee payable at distillery.
Dallas DhuInformation on the Dallas Dhu whisky distillery. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 24 miles Quick info : Entrance fee payable at distillery.
GlenfarclasVisit the Glenfarclas distillery website. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 20 miles Quick info : Entrance fee payable at distillery.
GlenfiddichVisit the Glenfiddich distillery website. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 31 miles Quick info : Entrance FREE.
Glen GrantGlen Grant distillery information via the maltwhiskeytrail.com. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 30 miles Quick info : Entrance fee payable at distillery.
Glen MorayVisit the Glen Moray distillery website. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 40 miles Quick info : Entrance fee payable at distillery.
The GlenlivetGlenlivet distillery information via Maltwhiskytrail.com. Distance from the Lazy Duck : 24 miles Quick info : Entrance FREE.
Speyside CooperageSpeyside Cooperage website Distance from the Lazy Duck : 28 miles
ShintyShinty is mad – one of the fastest, most physically demanding and skilful sports in the world. Here we’ve got Kingussie vs Newtonmore, the big contenders. Matches are played locally through the summer months.
SnowSkiing at Cairngorm Mountain and at the Lecht Ski Centre. Both centres are about equi-distant from Nethy Bridge so look up the snow conditions and make a choice.
HuskiesFor a real arctic adventure join the Stewart family for a Husky sled trip or kennel tour. The people who spend their lives with these remarkable dogs are no less amazing we think and thanks to the Stewarts we are able to get close to what is, for most of us, another world.
Bikes & QuadsBikes & Quads at Wolftrax and Rothiemurchus. This growing sporting activity brings us lots of visitors never mind the large number of locals who use the mountain bike trails. For the nearest and possibly wisest old timer in the specialist bike hire business we recommend Adam at Cairngorm Bike & Hike
FishingFishing and angling for those who know what they are doing with the Abernethy Angling Association. FishSpey will take you further up and down the River Spey. If you are a first timer then try one of the three ponds at Craggan.
Sailing & KayakingThe Freshwater family built their first lodge from redundant telegraph poles. The sailing and kayaking experience now to be found on Loch Insch combines first class tuition with sound equipment in an environment you will love.
CurlingOpen-air curling at the Aviemore ponds if you’re lucky with a cold snap. Otherwise you can try this distinctive sport in Elgin or Inverness
Pony TrekkingPony trekking and hacking can be found at Rothiemurchus and Alvie Stables these horse folk will give you very good value for time.
GolfAbernethy Golf Club is one of the loveliest small traditional Highland courses in Strathspey, with its small and fast greens the most undulating and tricky in the valley, and there are 4 others to try within a 6- mile radius.
Speyside HeatherFamily run, friendly and focussing on our most iconic highland plant, this is much more than a gift shop and garden centre. There’s a great collectables emporium and restaurant as well!
Whisky ‘Usquebaugh’The Whisky Castle in the village of Tomintoul is where you will find Mike and Cathy Drury offering a mindboggling range of malts and blends from throughout Speyside and the whole of Scotland. Very much worth a visit; often there are special offers and you’ll learn a lot too!
Libre & LunchLeakeys Bookshop in Church Street, Inverness, is a one off for character. Here, Charles Leakey, bookseller and gallery cafe owner surrounds himself with his second hand volumes and old prints while inviting you to join him in the woodstove warmed former church building.
The BookmarkThe Bookmark Grantown on Spey 34, High Street Visit Marjory for great new books and her unforgettable take on them
Post Office & StoreNethy Bridge Post Office & Store by the bridge, closes at 6.00pm Andy, Kate and their loyal team will look after you
Balliefurth Farm ShopMike Mustard’s legendary butchers shop has now been transformed into an equally wonderful farm shop, and its just down stream from the bridge. Local organic lamb and beef, plus venison as well as superb sausages & pies leave a queue out the door, – and there’s now an enticing deli range there as well.