Walk: Alvah Bridge over troubled water

Aberdeenshire | Banff | Short walk | ★★

[View downstream from the Bridge of Alvah]

The River Deveron is a mighty thing. Prone to flash flooding, past spate events have left a legacy of destroyed bridges and flooded homes over the centuries. Perhaps its due to these sudden changes in water level that few paths seem to run close to the most scenic sections of the river course, but at the Bridge of Alvah there's an exception. Here, a 17th century, single-arched bridge soars high above the suddenly dramatic gorge: an unexpected snapshot of Highland drama amongst otherwise gently rolling countryside. This all used to form part of the estate of Duff House, the impressive Georgian mansion at the start of the route on the outskirts of Banff.

[Duff House]

📌 Walk: Alvah Bridge over troubled water ★★
Start / finish at Duff House car park, 10-min walk south of Banff town centre, G.R.: NJ 689633 ///ironclad.graceful.flows

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 100 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Duff House; Duff House Mausoleum; Bridge of Alvah
Terrain: Woodland tracks and paths.

Route & map

Car park & Duff House - Duff House Mausoleum - Mount Carmel - Bridge of Alvah - return by outward route

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Not much.
Weather: A few spots of rain at first under overcast skies. Cool and breezy with river levels high.

Also on this walk

>> Banff & Macduff page: Duff House ★★

[River Deveron]

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