Balciuin
Trish Davis

 

5 Lynstock Park
Nethybridge
PH25 3EL
Tel       01479 821920
Mobile 07749 479270

Peaceful location - spectacular views – large garden - and a friendly welcome
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Nethy Bridge, or 'Nethy' as it is fondly known, lies in Strathspey in the Highlands of Scotland between Aviemore and Grantown, as shown on the map page. A popular holiday 'spot' since Victorian times, neighbouring the Abernethy Forest, it lies on the lower part of the River Nethy, which eventually joins the River Spey.

Nethy Bridge was originally named Abernethy until the arrival of the railways in the 1860's, when a name change was necessitated due to the existence of another Abernethy, further south. The name Abernethy still lives on in the Abernethy Highland Games, Abernethy Forest and such.

The railways came in 1863 when two railway lines were built either side of the River Spey, meeting at Boat of Garten. One crossed the Spey heading towards Dufftown, passing through Nethy Bridge. Both of these now no longer exist, sadly closing in the1960s, although the north west line is being reintroduced by Strathspey Railway. The southern track now accommodates the path from 'Nethy' to Grantown which is part of The Speyside Way.

Today, you will find Nethy Bridge focused on the stone bridge over the river, surrounded by the village shops and dispersing out from the river forming a very pleasant settlement with lovely walks and unbeatable Highland scenery and wildlife. The area is indeed compelling, and needs several return trips to savour it truly.
The history in the area is fascinating, and at the Abernethy Games on the second Saturday in August, not only will you see the traditional activities associated with highland games, but also the Clan Grant gathering - a spectacular sight.


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Among the long list of activities you can participate in the area are :-
 
Adventure Park-
 
Just 10 miles away is Landmark Forest Adventure Park.  It offers a range of rides from the runaway timber train to the wild water coaster. Everything has a forest theme and there is plenty of educational information and activities for all ages.

Beaches:-  
There is a lovely beach at the eastern end of Loch Morlich with the backdrop of Cairngorm behind and offering various water sports.
 It is a 45 minute drive to the Moray Firth at Nairn or Findhorn Bay both worth a visit.  

Bird Watching:-  
A paradise for ornithologists with many rare species such as ospreys, capercaillie, crossbills and crested tits and lots of advice and events put on by
The RSPB
At Balciuin  you look straight out over the Abernethy Reserve and it is 4 miles to The Osprey Centre on Loch Garten. The RSPB run a series of natural history walks and wildlife lectures.

Cairngorm Funicular Railway:-
Takes you to the Ptarmigan Restaurant, the highest in the UK. On a clear day the views are amazing. Cairngorm Mountain

Castle Tours:-
Surrounded by beautiful,historic castles you can organise your own tour from Roy Castle our own 13th century fortress to Balmoral Castle, The Queen’s summer residence.

Distillery Visits:- 
There are plenty to choose from around here.  Many distilleries run tours some charge and some are free, all will offer you a sample. Among the largest, free and most organised for tourists are Glenfiddich at Dufftown and Glenlivet near Tomintoul.

Dolphin Watching:- 
Pods of bottle-nosed dolphins are a common sight around Scotland’s coasts.  A particular good spot is in the narrow part of The Moray Firth especially at Charnery Point near Rosemarkie.  Boat trips can be taken from several locations including Nairn about 30 miles away.
Also recommend www.dolphintripsavoch.co.uk

Explore Abernethy:-
 We have our own ranger based in The Explore Abernethy Area of The Community Centre.  She organises regular walks and special seasonal events and is available for information about local flora and fauna. Free guided walks are on Tuesdays 10 -11.30AM and Sundays 2 – 4PM

Highland Folk Museum:-  
Spend a day here and experience centuries. It is well worth a visit and includes a reconstructed highland village from the time of the clearances, (See Here for a history of the clearances). Currently offering free entry it is an attraction not to be missed, www.highlandfolk.com

Railways:- 
The Strathspey Steam Railway operates a service between Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Broomhill throughout the summer. Some trains offer lunch, dinner or afternoon tea as part of a package.

Fort William to Mallaig
Another great journey passing over The Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame. This journey offers stunning scenery along The Road to The Isles and can be completed by steam train or its more modern replacement.
 
Wildlife Tours and Guides:-

  • Why not visit The Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig, home to many endangered species, showcasing an array of Scottish wildlife and some species that are now extinct in the wild.
     
  • What about feeding the reindeer? www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk
     
  • You can spend an evening in The Speyside Wildlife Hide at Rothiemurchus waiting for pine martins, badgers and other nocturnal creatures.
     
  • There are many guided walks and tours offered in the area. Particularly around Rothiemurchus estate, on Cairngorm and around Nethy Bridge.
     
    Why not hire your own personal guide for the day, Dave Pullan

 

Eating Out:-

There are several excellent places to enjoy fine dining including:

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There are also some really lovely places to eat offering good food at very competitive prices:


Here are some links to the websites of some of the local attractions:-