|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Muir of Auchterarder (NN929113)|
|Distance:||4.7 miles (7.6 km)|
|Meets:||A9, B8062, A9|
|Route outline (key)|
The A824 was originally just a short link between the old A9 and A823. Today, however, its precise route is less certain. What is known is that since the A9 bypass was built, the old route through Aberuthven and Auchterarder has been part of the A824, and this remains the case today. However, to start with at least the original A824 kept its number, as a spur of the new line of the road. This is now not so certain, with many maps showing the original route as unclassified.
The A824 now starts on the A9 just to the east of Aberuthven and picks up the route of the old A9 through the small village. There is then about a mile of almost open farmland, dotted with occasional roadside houses, before the edge of Auchterarder is reached. Along the way, the B8062 has turned off to the left, to pass under the A9 on its way to Dunning.
A mile to the west, well within Auchterarder, the same B8062 turns north, heading for Crieff. While most traffic sails past on the modern dual carriageway bypass, a detour through this pretty town is worth it, with a selection of shops and places of interest to make a break on a journey. Beyond the western end of the High Street, just before we reach the edge of town, the A824 (still following the old A9) curves round to the south to rejoin the bypass near Gleneagles Station. Meanwhile, Ochill Road has forked to the right and follows the northern edge of the Golf Course to the A823 at Gleneagles. This is the original route of the A824, now probably declassified.