A868

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A868
Location Map
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Isle of Harris Road
From:  Tarbert (NG152999)
To:  Tarbert Ferry (NG156998)
Distance:  0.2 miles (0.3 km)
Meets:  A859, Pier
Former Number(s):  B898
Highway Authorities

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Traditional Counties

Inverness-shire

Route outline (key)
A868 Link to Tarbert Ferry

Route

The minuscule A868 is the road from the A859 down to the pier in Tarbert on Harris. It is at this pier that the Uig-Harris Ferry service arrives, after crossing The Minch from Skye. Traffic heading east to the Isle of Scalpay (accessed via the Scalpay Bridge) also uses the A868, but ignores the TOTSO into the ferry port.

Tarbert - Tarbert Ferry

Looking across the loch to the A868

The road is fairly narrow, about 500 m long, and since the recent construction of a new link to the ferry waiting area the route is somewhat different to the original. It starts on the A859 just before it climbs up the hill out of Tarbert to the south, and heads along the north side of the loch. A new junction then splits traffic, with left being the old road, now one-way eastbound along Main Street, which leads through to Scalpay, and right being the new route down to the ferry. Strangely, the priority is given to the ferry - Scalpay line, forcing all A868 traffic to give way. The A868 then follows the new road down to the ferry queueing area, where a give-way crossover lets traffic from Scalpay have priority, while A868 traffic has to cross to the queueing area, or turn back.

History

Main Street, Tarbert, no longer the A868

Originally numbered B898, the A868 came into being in the mid-1920s when it was decided that having no Class I roads in the Western Isles outside Lewis was a mistake, bringing about a major reclassification.

As mentioned above, the A868 originally followed Main Street through Tarbert to the pier. Most of the route is still there, although just before the junction with the new link road, the old road is now cut off at each end and survives as a T-access to houses.



A868
CrossingsUig-Harris Ferry
PlacesAn Tairbeart
Related Pictures
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A868-5.jpgMain Street, Tarbert - Geograph - 926287.jpgTarbert- the village from the A859 (C) Chris Downer - Geograph - 3283029.jpg
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