There is an enigma to the River Nethy when it comes to its name. It may be from early Brittonic, a pre-Gaelic language related to Welsh, word nedd meaning 'glistening,' or due to the fact that there are signs the River Spey was crossed by ferry during Pictish times perhaps the name commemorates the Pictish King Nectan. Still other sources believe it is from the Gaelic neithichean, pronounced nixie, which is a water spirit. Regardless it's truly lovely and Thomas Telford's engineering masterpiece is well worth the visit.
While commending to visiting enchanting places in Scotland comes easily to Thistle & Broom there are some who appreciate more boisterous activities. The Clan Grant hosts the oldest traditional (since 1880) Highland Games held in Scotland in Nethy Bridge on the second Saturday in August each year. While 'local' take advantage of the efforts of the Strathspey Railway, which is steadily bringing about the restoration of steam rail travel on rail lines laid in the 1860s - currently linking the towns of Aviemore, Boat of Garten, Broomhill, Grantown on Spey and Nethy Bridge.