This guide takes an in-depth look at all of the fantastic things to do in Carrbridge.
Carrbridge is a historical little village. It is ideal for all who are looking to experience a bit of the history and adventure of the Scottish Highlands.
Located just under the Monadhliath Mountains, this charming village is part of the scenic Cairngorms National Park.
In this guide, we take a look at all the wonderful things to do in Carrbridge. There truly is something for everyone.
Top Things to Do in Carrbridge
This scenic Highland Village has no shortage of activities, history, nature and family-friendly fun; whether you come for a short visit or a longer stay you’ll find plenty to keep you busy.
To make things easier for you we have put together a list of the top things to do in Carrbridge below.
If you’re a nature lover at heart, come and explore one of Scotland’s most famous national parks – the Cairngorms.
Carrbridge is the Northern gateway to Cairngorms National Park.
This puts you right alongside some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife in Scotland.
Home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland as well as many rare plants, birds and animals, it’s a popular place to visit for avid walkers, bird watchers and animal lovers.
Highland Wildlife Park
If you want to experience the stunning nature and wildlife of the Cairngorms but don’t want to end up carrying the kids on those long walks, maybe the Highland Wildlife Park – located within the Cairngorms – will suit you better.
This 260-acre safari park and zoo is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. It is only about a 30 minute drive from Carrbridge.
You’ll be amazed at the variety of animals on show. Species that have wandered mountainous regions all over the world for thousands of years are on show here.
Visitors to the park drive around the Main Reserve before moving on to the walk-around area.
This clear as glass freshwater loch sits pride of place at the foot of the Cairngorms.
With award-winning sandy beaches forming its shoreline, Loch Morlick also hosts a water sports centre and a yacht club.
Making the short drive to visit this gorgeous sandy bay will be well worth it. Spending the day here is one of the most relaxing things to do in Carrbridge and is a personal favourite.
The site is perfect for enjoying water sports and lochside forest walks, offering the most sensational views of the snowy peaks of the northern Cairngorms.
Landmark Forest Adventure Park
If you’re looking for fun and adventure the whole family can enjoy, spend the day at Landmark Forest Adventure Park – one of the Top 10 adventure parks in the UK according to TripAdvisor.
Take a heart-pounding ride on a family-friendly roller coaster or on any of the three amazing water coasters.
Step into a tropical hot-house, a wonderland of colour with hundreds of utterly stunning butterflies and beautiful exotic flowers.
How about taking a trip back in time to the Dinosaur Kingdom, Scotland’s most exciting Jurassic experience where the larger than life dinosaurs roar as you walk among them.
You can also wander along the Tarzan trail, clamber up the climbing wall, scale the high ropes and much more.
Make sure to come early and make a day of it – there’s so much to do!
The Old Packhorse Bridge
A piece of history stands in the form of the Old Packhorse Bridge, the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands.
Built in 1717, this striking historic landmark offers both a glimpse into the past and an excellent photo opportunity.
Arching over a ribbon of clear flowing water and surrounded by trees, this historic site showcases the age-old beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
Carrbridge Artist Studio
Browse local art, both for display and available to purchase, at this charming artist studio and gallery.
The brilliant collection of work by gallery members Jeff, Alice and Amy Buttress include original paintings, ceramics, cards, prints, ceramic and dichroic glass jewellery and chainsaw carvings.
If you’re staying in Carrbridge or simply passing by en route elsewhere in the highlands, I really recommend you stop here for friendly service and a unique selection of artwork.
There’s more than one beautiful old bridge in Carrbridge!
Sluggan Bridge forms an arc over the River Dulnain and was built to replace the two-arched bridge built by George Wade, which was washed away by the floods of 1829.
Despite being a newer build than many other stone bridges, Sluggan Bridge has a classic, old fashioned appearance which makes it an ideal place to take pictures and enjoy a picnic.
Carrbridge Artisans Craft Shop
Stocked by local artists and craftspeople, this quaint shop located on Carrbridge’s main street offers wonderful sculptures, ceramics, jewellery, pottery and paintings.
The amazing, locally sourced art on offer has earned rave reviews from visitors from far and wide – so make sure to check it out during your stay.
Duthil Old Parish Church and Churchyard
This is a historic site near Carrbridge, in the Scottish council area of the Highlands.
This beautifully aged and weathered piece of history hosts many memorials to members of Clan Grant and is now preserved as a Clan Grant Heritage Centre.
Of all the great things to do in Carrbridge, a visit here is amongst the most peaceful.
Carrbridge Golf Club
It’s no wonder avid golfers from around the world flock to Scotland year-round to enjoy our wonderful courses and the surrounding spectacular scenery.
Golf lovers visiting Carrbridge won’t be disappointed with this 9 hole course, ideal for both beginners and seasoned golfers. Carrbridge Gold Club offers a challenge to even the very best of you.
Carrbridge Pony Trekking
The ongoing theme in Carrbridge of enjoying nature and taking in the very best of Scotland’s abundant natural beauty continues with pony trekking!
There really is no better way to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands than to do it while riding horseback, so make sure to give it a try and bring the kids along for the ride.
Friendly knowledgeable staff are on hand to make sure that all visitors, whether brand new to horse riding or seasoned riders, get the very best experience.
Finally, a fun day out aimed at the grown-ups.
Beer lovers will be in their element at this informative, value for money tour.
If you fancy taking an hour or so out of your visit to Carrbridge to taste excellent ales, listen to an informative tour guide talk about the beer making process, and learn all about the brewery and their brilliant beers then this is the place for you.
Highly recommended for my fellow beer enthusiasts.
The Annual World Porridge Championship
Carrbridge has a rich and active community who love a bit of healthy competition.
This competition takes place every year in October.
Here you can see top porridge makers from far and wide come to compete for the title of ‘World Porridge Champion’.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to go toe to toe with last year’s stirring champion? Enter to compete for that coveted Golden Spurtle trophy and title.
Come and find out!
The Annual Carve Carrbridge Competition
If you don’t find your passion in porridge, maybe you’ll find you crave a bit of carving?
Each September Carrbridge hosts this amazing competition. Here artist can show of their skills. You’ll be impressed by what they can do with a big log and a chainsaw.
Carrbridge Indoor Bowling Club
Spend a chill evening with the locals while you show off your bowling skills.
These lively nights host various competition matches, for-fun matches and, of course, tea and coffee. Running from September to April.
Visitors to Carrbridge are encouraged to join in!
Full On Adventure
In a village surrounded by such an abundance of nature, it should come as no surprise that there are so many fantastic things to do in Carrbridge for those seeking a thrill.
These fantastic Aviemore based adventures include River Tubing, White Water Rafting, Canyoning, River Touring Kayak and Canoe trips, Skiing or Snow Boarding lessons and guiding, Corporate adventure activities and so much more!
A highly skilled team of qualified guides, top quality equipment and extra warm gear are provided. This will keep you safe and stave off the stinging Scottish chill in the winter.
These opportunities for heart pounding adventure steeped in the wild beauty of Scotland’s Highlands await you and your family at any of these great activities.