A51 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||14 miles (22.5 km)|
|Meets:||A3, A27, A50|
|Route outline (key)|
The A51 (renumbered from B29 in the mid-1920s) is a medium-length A-road, mostly in County Armagh.
The road starts in Gaol Square in Armagh city centre. It turns off the A3 then heads up Barrack Hill, soon leaving town. It follows a winding road to the east across undulating terrain and presently reach Hamiltonsbawn, where we are crossed by the B111 in the centre of the village. After leaving town there's more of the same. We contour round the hills if possible. The B78 comes in from the right and there's a short multiplex before that leaves to the left as we pass Marlacoo Lake.
A couple of miles further on the road enters Tandragee, where it reaches the A27 at a mini-roundabout by the church. There's then a multiplex south along Market Street before the A51 regains its number by turning left. The road then follows a straighter path eastwards. We cross the Cusher River, the Belfast to Dublin railway line (by the closed Tanderagee station - the railway companies used a different spelling) and the Newry Canal (no longer navigable) in quick succession. The road then bends to the right to avoid a hill and enters Gilford, where it reaches a T-junction. The road to the left is the direct road over the hill leading back west, whilst the A51 TOTSOs right. It crosses the River Bann to end at a mini-roundabout on the A50.