Friend of Dulnain Bridge – “Bringing the Community Together”
The Friends of Dulnain Bridge was formed to support our excellent Village Hall, to promote its use and ensure its future as a valuable Village resource.
But the FoDB is also committed to the Village Community, supporting local events where we can, improving the village for the benefit of all the residents and folks who work here in Dulnain.
We are once again organising a Village Clean Up and intend this to be an annual April event. You can see some of their events here:
Should you wish to get involved in any way, the co-ordinator is David Childs, email: davidjchilds47[at]gmail[dot]com .
Roche Moutonnées – Rock Wigs!
Around 18,000 years ago Dulnain Bridge lay deep under a sheet of glacier ice, as the ice moved along it ground down and shaped the bedrock.
The melting ice left smooth, exposed rocky hillocks, known as Roche Moutonnées, these rounded rocks resembled the wavy wigs or moutonnées, which men wore in the 18th century.
People of the Past
People have been living in or visiting Dulnain Bridge for thousands of years.There are Pictish carved stones nearby and two Stone Age coffins were found in a burial cairn in Curr Wood.
The first stone bridge, built about 1754 was one of the few crossing points connecting Moray with the south and would have seen its fair share of traffic.The single-span stone arch bridge you see today was constructed in 1830 after the last flood washed its predecessor away.
Sir James Grant gifted ‘good ground’ to local people to allow them to build a croft,grow crops and keep livestock. Skye of Curr is laid out as crofting land and, if you walk along the Skye of Curr road you can still see the small field patterns.
This low-intensity farming is also beneficial for wildlife.A walk around the village can be rewarded with sightings of farmland birds and animals such as goldfinches, stoats and, of course, red squirrels.
The ‘collection of implements from a bygone age’ gives some idea of the effort involved in ‘working the land’.
Dulnain Bridge Walks
A network of paths and tracks lead out of the village, providing a variety of routes to enjoy with fine views, a rich local history and abundant wildlife. Each colour-coded route is shown on the map and there are corresponding waymarkers along each route to help guide you.
However, please take a few minutes to read the path descriptions on the map before you set out, just to make sure that your chosen route is suitable for you and any others in your group. You can also join paths and minor roads together to make your very own, longer, expedition route!