The A887 is essentially a link road from the A82 Glasgow to Inverness road to the A87 “Road to the Isles”. It is not long, about 15 miles, but is mostly wide S2 with very few sharp bends. It also has a traffic density of about 1 car per mile and is a fantastic drive. It is a complete antidote to London and its congestion charging. If you like open space, go there.
Invermoriston – Bun Loyne
The road starts in the small village of Invermoriston near the shore of Loch Ness at a turning off the A82. Very soon the few houses are left behind and the road climbs away from the Great Glen. As described above the road is S2, although very wide and quite straight. The scenery is good, although the mountains are not very high at this point. There are a number of bends but these are of the sweeping type rather than hairpins. One of these sweeping bends takes you past the head of the Dundreggan Reservoir and its power station. 60 mph is certainly a comfortable speed for most of the way along this route.
After about 7 miles the road does narrow somewhat, making the road unusually both S1 and trunk, and then goes into a left and right bend to cross to the other side of the River Morrison, which we have been following since the start. There is a turning on the right here, which is an unclassified road to some of the few small hamlets along this road. After this the carriageway widens out again and is very straight all the way to the A87 at a totso from the left where traffic from the South to the Isle of Skye joins.
A further point is that the road has a death and serious accident score of 0 in the Road Safety Survey. It is thus arguably one of the safest roads in the county. If you get a chance, drive it.
The OS 7th Series map shows the original A887 and the new A82
under construction above the water line of the new reservoir
Originally numbered B852, the A887 came into existence later in the 1920s to cut off the corner between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh. Originally the road continued west from Bun Loyne (the modern junction with the A87) along the length of Loch Cluanie to Cluanie Inn.
The construction of the Loch Loyne reservoir flooded the original route of the A87 in the 1950s necessitating a new road built from Invergarry to Bun Loyne. It then took over the original western section of the A887 to the Cluanie Inn. This section is also new-build as Loch Cluanie was dammed around the same time and much of the old alignment of the road flooded.