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A829

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A829
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From:Glencoe (NN053604)
To:North Ballachulish (NN097587)
Via:Kinlochleven
Length:15.9 miles (25.6 km)
Met (1932): A82, A82
Now part of:B863
Traditional Counties

Argyll • Inverness-shire

Route outline (key)
A829 Glencoe - North Ballachulish
In 1923 the A829 ended at a dead end in Kinlochleven

Listed in the 1922 Road Lists as Carnach - Kinlochleven, the A829 was built during World War I by German prisoners of war as an access route to the new aluminium works at Kinlochleven. The works had started construction in c.1902 but until 1919 when the road was completed the only access was via Loch Leven, the Old Military Road over the Devil's Staircase and onto Fort William, or a very rough coastal path along the north shore of the loch via Callert. The new road finally gave the residents of this new town a permanent, usable route to the outside world!

The B863 (former A829) on the northern side of Loch Leven

During the early 1920s the path via Callert was slowly improved so that by 1930 the full route around the loch was the A829. This then changed in 1935 when, with a permanent road link now available, it was decided to re-route the A82 via Kinlochleven and so avoid the ferry. The A829 number has lain dormant ever since, despite one erroneous map marking it as the short spur on the north side of the Ballachulish Ferry. As far as can be told this was a misprint for the A828.

When the Ballachulish Bridge was opened in 1975 the A82 was routed that way instead and the former route of the A829 became the B863, so see that page for more information.



A829
CrossingsKinlochleven Viaduct
RoadsA82/Ballachulish - Fort William
Related Pictures
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A829.jpgB863-autumn.jpgB863-bridge.jpgInvercoe-br.jpgKinloch-viaduct.jpg
A800-A899
A800 • A801 • A802 • A803 • A804 • A805 • A806 • A807 • A808 • A809 • A810 • A811 • A812 • A813 • A814 • A815 • A816 • A817 • A818 • A819

A820 • A821 • A822 • A823 • A824 • A825 • A826 • A827 • A828 • A829 • A830 • A831 • A832 • A833 • A834 • A835 • A836 • A837 • A838 • A839
A840 • A841 • A842 • A843 • A844 • A845 • A846 • A847 • A848 • A849 • A850 • A851 • A852 • A853 • A854 • A855 • A856 • A857 • A858 • A859
A860 • A861 • A862 • A863 • A864 • A865 • A866 • A867 • A868 • A869 • A870 • A871 • A872 • A873 • A874 • A875 • A876 • A877 • A878 • A879
A880 • A881 • A882 • A883 • A884 • A885 • A886 • A887 • A888 • A889 • A890 • A891 • A892 • A893 • A894 • A895 • A896 • A897 • A898 • A899

Defunct Itineraries and Motorways: A804 • A806 • A817 • A818 • A823(M) • A825 • A833 • A859 • A862 • A872 • A876 • A882 • A896