From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
|To :||North Kessock|
|On road :||A9|
|Open Date :||1982|
|Location Map (geohack)|
The Kessock Bridge crosses the narrow channel between the Moray and Beauly Firths from Inverness to North Kessock on the Black Isle. It carries the A9 dual carriageway north. Together with the bridge over the Cromarty Firth to the North, it chopped over 10 miles off of the journey to the far north, and other improvements have shortened it further.
The Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge.
Before the bridge opened, a ferry crossed the Beauly Firth from Inverness to North Kessock. In 1937 the crossing was made by a steamer, which could only carry one or two cars at a time. The service was hourly, changing depending on time of year, weather and state of the tide.
By 1963, things had improved somewhat, with a half-hourly service from either side able to carry 8-10 cars. The crossing only took 7 minutes however, and cost 3s for a car. In peak season, the service was a shuttle, running every 15 minutes from either side, between (approx) 7am and 11pm.