From Elgin, we travelled east to Buckie.
I can't recall when I first visited Craigmin Bridge, but as my previous post makes clear, it was a very hard bridge to photograph. I had hoped that a return visit might get much better images, but as it turned out, poor light and the continued growth of vegetation meant that proved very difficult. So I apologise for the quality of some of these images - they are by far the best of a fairly limited set!
If you're visiting the bridge, which is on private land (the Letterfourie Estate), the best "official" approach is probably to park in nearby Drybridge and walk from there. Scottish rambling rights permit you to walk through fields, but not to park on private land nor to walk through farm yards. I would recommend being cautious and polite, and this will apply to some other bridges on private land that I'll feature later.
I also suggest going well-prepared with a good map, as there's absolutely no sign of the bridge's presence until you're pretty much right on top of it, hidden deep within a wood. The "paths" down below the bridge are also steep and dangerous, so take care.
The bridge has to be one of Scotland's most-neglected architectural treasures. Unsignposted, unheralded, largely unknown, there's no other structure quite like it anywhere else in the UK.
It has a single large masonry arch at a low level. On the north-west corner of the bridge, a doorway opens into the abutment of this arch, which contains a small room. Two further arches sit above the lower arch, springing from its crown. Above the crown, where the two arches come together, there is another room hidden behind walls which are themselves pierced by further arches. At roadway level, there are also arched features in the bridge's parapets.
It's a bizarre arrangement, and a shame that the conditions made it impossible to get a good photograph showing the scale and layout of the bridge properly. The photo at Google maps below is perhaps the best you'll get online, and there are some on the Scottish Highland Bridges site which are pretty good too.