|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Gatehouse of Fleet bypass (NX615540)|
|Distance:||6.2 miles (10 km)|
|Meets:||A711, B727, A75|
|Former Number(s):||B728, A75|
|Route outline (key)|
The A755 is a winding road in south Kirkcudbrightshire.
Kirkcudbright - Gatehouse of Fleet Bypass
The road begins at a T junction with the A711 just north of Kirkcudbright town centre. Kirkcudbright, the county town of Kirkcudbrightshire, is probably the most attractive of the Galloway towns. It is brightly painted and stuffed full of attractive Georgian buildings and has a ruined manor house as well. The countryside around it is also very attractive.
The road leaves down Bridge Street past the remains of the old town station and across the 1926 concrete Kirkcudbright Bridge. Until the completion of this link Tongland Bridge about 3 miles north of the town provided the first opportunity to travel west leaving the town comparatively isolated. After passing Kirkcudbright Dairy and a collection of modern council houses, we rise steeply out of the Dee Valley.
The first section of the road is wide and well engineered with impressive cuttings and embankments. With the level of traffic flow it has one wonders whether it was necessary. However all too soon the road narrows and winds as we reach the countryside of Borgue. As we pass Boreland of Borgue we see the main reason for the summer traffic – a collection of sizeable holiday parks located a few miles south of here on the Solway Coast.
The road continues fairly unadventurously over the undulated countryside until we reach the junction at Glenterry. The curvature of this junction is peculiar – the main road appears to be the unclassified lane coming from the right – and indeed until the mid 1980s it was, for we have just joined the old alignment of the A75 before that was moved onto the Gatehouse of Fleet bypass. If the odd junction wasn't enough, you can still make out the road markings, cats eyes and an old milestone located in the driveway of the house opposite – hinting at the former importance of what we are driving on. Still, at least we don't have to TOTSO. The other interesting change here is that although the road is no narrower and windier from this point on it has an orgy of double white lines. These were attempts by the council when this was still a trunk road to stop dangerous overtaking by frustrated motorists.
We sweep round a steep bend providing access to some nice swimming beaches down at Carrick (as well as an Ice Cream Factory!) before finally heading towards Gatehouse. About 2 miles from the town we drop off the old A75's alignment to get to the alignment of the modern bypass which is in a cutting. The Gatehouse Bypass has some large earth works on it – sort of the Twyford Down of Galloway. The road would face innumerable challenges if it were to be built nowadays.
We end out journey at a staggered T junction with the A75 with the road to Gatehouse (the [B727]], former A75) diagonally across from us. The A75, which is D1 and dead-straight at this point, makes a world of difference from the meandering narrow road we have just emerged from.
With the opening of the A75 Gatehouse of Fleet bypass, the route was extended by 1.6 miles along the old A75 between Minto Cottage and the A755's present western junction with the bypass.
Original Author(s): Elliot Matthew