This village is a few miles (10 km) north of Aviemore. It has its own website, with information about events and activities.
The village is not far from the main Perth - Inverness road, and is also served by the railway. You could jump on the train from Aviemore.
It is well known for the bridge across the River Dulnain - see photos. The bridge was built in 1707, and gives the village it's name. (The name is nothing to do with "cars" but comes from the Gaelic word for a boggy area.)
The bridge was severely damaged in the flood of 1829 and is now unstable.
One of my favourite things about the village is the field with sheep in it, right on the main street. Land must be worth a few £ for housing development, but either someone wants to hold onto it, or the local government won't allow development. Either way, I love it!
On our way north to Inverness in December 08 we left the A9 at Dalwhinnie to head for the south end of Loch Ness. This took us along the banks of Loch Laggan to Spean Bridge.
Talk about the road least travelled...
It is remote, and felt all the more so since it was a very cold frosty morning.
If you are into lochs, mountains and forests and not so keen on the human race, give it a try.
Sadly (but perhaps proof of the wilderness) a hill walker died there the day we passed by...
The Cairngorms has vast wind swept plateaux of rock and alpine plants clinging to the ground for dear life. In winter its covered in snow. In summer its a dry desert - nearly always windy, breathtaking and open, free and magnificent.
Ice scoured this landscape thousands of years ago to create steep sided valleys of rock - highly sort after my mountaineers prepared to walk for miles to reach their goal. (Often wild camps or bivvy under boulders such as the famous "Shelter Stone", or in winter in snow-holes).
Devoid of trees, the mountains and valleys are a place where man rarely treads - only the fit and self-sufficient should explore for the weather can turn savage and once committed there is no quick way out. Its brilliant! The absence of man means the eagles and reindeer roam free - a real delight for the intrepid.
But there are ways to get into this wilderness - either on foot or mountain bike (though it'll be carried a fare bit) - and its worth it. To be completely away from all human activity, just you and nature - in Scotland.
How to get there?
Train or coach to Aviemore (north west) - then in through the ancient Pine forest of Rothiemurchus and Glenmore.
Although there are a few bothies and shelters hidden away, most have been removed to preserve the natural wilderness and hence the "Long Walk In" without roads or main paths - so go prepared and take emergency shelter.
Water in Scotland? Not usually a problem - but take water purifying tablets (deer poo) and and you'll certainly need it if up on the plateau - where there is no water!
Also - take all - and I mean ALL - your rubbish out with you. That includes toilet waste - so take bags and be careful about hygiene.
There is nowhere else like it in Britain!
So thats my tip!
Get a flight to Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports, jump on a train or bus and then find your self - in the Cairngorms.