An iconic Speyside bridge which inspired a Strathspey reel and featured on a whisky label will turn 200 next month.
To mark the special anniversary, a Friends of Craigellachie Bridge group has been formed and a range of events have been organised by Craigellachie village council.
They include a talk on the background of the bridge, a church service, ceilidh and firework display.
Civil engineer professor Roland Paxton will outline the designer Thomas Telford’s life and work and shed new light on the bridge, its construction and the people behind it.
It will be held on Saturday, November 1, at the Craigellachie village hall from 2pm-4pm.
Mr Paxton said: “I am honoured to be invited to do a talk on this great occasion and delighted to see the establishment of a friends group which will hopefully provide support for its preservation for the next 200 years.”
From 7pm on Saturday there will be a ceilidh in the hall with well known fiddler James Alexander playing a few reels. Entry is £5 which includes stovies.
On the Sunday, a special service will be held in Craigellachie Church at 4.30pm. This will be followed by a procession to the bridge and firework display at 6pm.
The bridge carried traffic across the River Spey until 1972, when a concrete bridge was built nearby to accommodate the A941 Rothes-Dufftown road.
A popular tourist attraction, the Telford bridge is still well used by pedestrians and cyclists – it is even a licensed wedding venue.
The Craigellachie Cridge reel was written by William Marshall, who was from Fochabers originally. The bottle of whisky which featured the structure was The Macallan 1861.