The City of Inverness is just thirty minutes North by road or rail. Regarded as the capital of the Highlands of Scotland, it sits at the mouth of the River Ness and at the end of the Great Glen, a large geological fault which bisects the Highlands.
The main railway line from Perth to Inverness used to pass though but was closed in 1968. The Strathspey Railway is planning to reinstate the line from Aviemore and Boat of Garten to Grantown-on-Spey.
A small settlement a mile to the North of Carrbridge, Slochdl is part of the Carrbridge community and includes Slochd hostel with Nordic skiing centre and mountain biking. Slochd is next to the old and new A9 road, the General Wade road and the Perth to Inverness railway line which at Slochd summit reaches 401m and the road 405m.