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Old Speybridge

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Speybridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Grantown on Spey
To:  Speybridge (South)
Location
Speybridge
County
Inverness-shire • Moray
Highway Authority
Highland
Opening Date
1754
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
Engineer:  Major William Caulfeild
On road(s)
A95 • A939

The Old Speybridge has the rather grand distinction of being the oldest bridge across the River Spey downstream of Laggan. It is also the only complete stone bridge across the same lengthy section of the river, with all of the others either having been swept away in floods or replaced over the years. Sadly, however, Speybridge has been replaced, by the New Speybridge half a mile upstream. The old bridge does, however, survive to carry the Speyside Way long distance footpath.

The Bridge

The bridge consists of three stone arches across the river, stepping up in size from north to south, as the northern arch only covers the shallow beach area on the inside of the meander. The arch spans are approximately 25foot, 45foot and 80foot, each one taller than the last as well. Dating from 1754, and built by Major William Caulfeild as part of his road from Perthshire to Fort George, it is perhaps remarkable that the bridge has survived for so long, although the substantial metal strapwork on either face suggests that major repairs were carried out in the past.

Reflecting its age, the bridge deck is rather narrow, and would only have allowed for single file traffic, even in the stagecoach era. While many other bridges in the Highlands were widened, the unusual nature and height of this structure, as well as its location may well have been the reasons why the new bridge was built instead.




Old Speybridge
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Crossings of the River Spey & Tributaries
River SpeyGarva Bridge • Spey Dam Bridge • Laggan Bridge • Spey Bridge (Newtonmore) • Ruthven Bridge • Kincraig Bridge • Spey Bridge (Aviemore) • Boat of Garten Bridge • Broomhill Bridge • New Speybridge • Old Speybridge • Cromdale Bridge • Advie Bridge • Blacksboat Bridge • Carron Bridge (Speyside) • Craigellachie Bridge • Boat O'Brig • Fochabers Bridge
River FiddichBridge of Fiddich • Bridge of Poolinch • Bridge of Auchindoun • Bridgehaugh
Avon & LivetBridge of Avon (Ballindalloch) • Silver Bridge (Strathavon) • Bridge of Avon (Tomintoul) •  • Drumin Bridge • Bridge of Livet (Glenlivet) • Bridge of Livet (Tomnavoulin)
River DulnainDulnain Bridge • Carr Bridge • A9 Dulnain Bridge • Sluggan Bridge
Other Tributary CrossingsTromie Bridge • Feshie Bridge • Coylum Bridge • Nethy Bridge

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