This article is about the current route of the A833 from Drumnadrochit to Beauly.
For the original A833 from Muir of Ord to Cromarty, see A833 (Black Isle)
The A833 is a useful little bypass of Inverness for those travelling from Lochaber northwards. It starts about a mile out of Drumnadrochit on the A831 and immediately switches back, climbing steeply up the hill. It is never a fast road, and not really that much shorter than passing through Inverness itself, but at least you avoid the city traffic!
The road climbs over open moorland, and dips through forested valleys before dropping back towards sea level, where a couple of long straights (which are far from level) bring you to the junction with the A862 (former A9) about a mile short of Beauly. For the rest of the bypass route, turn left, pass through Beauly and then take the B9169 from the edge of Muir of Ord, which cuts across to the A9.
The B854 survived into 1936
Whilst the original A833 was renumbered as part of the A832 in 1935, it would appear that the number wasn't re-used immediately. A 1936 Bartholomews map (left), and the 1936 OS Ten Mile Map both still show this route as the B854, even though all of the other roads in the area (including the A88 to A9) have been changed. The most logical explanation is that the road was not considered fit to be an A road until some improvements had been made, but this is only conjecture.