|From:||Bridge of Cally (NO139514)|
|To:||Pitlochry Bypass (NN953567)|
|Distance:||21.8 miles (35.1 km)|
|Meets:||A93, B950, B8019, A9|
|Route outline (key)|
The road starts at Bridge of Cally by turning off the A93 on the north side of the bridge over the River Ardle. The road then climbs up the strath, alongside the river, winding through tree lined fields dotted with scattered farms. After about 7 miles, the B950 is met at the entrance to Kirkmichael. This is the only classified road met by the A924 except at the ends, and winds its way over more hills to meet the A93 further north.
Kirkmichael is the only real village met along the road, and is a pretty little place, but quickly passed. About a mile past the village, the road narrows a little and loses its centre line, but be warned as it gets narrower still further west! As the strath turns into a glen the road steadily curves left, until it heads southwestwards rather than northwards, and as the fields become rougher, the road comes out on to the moors, with forestry across the river. There are signs along the road warning drivers of sheep on the road, some of these are official ones. Others, put up by farmers, and in the past have had witty messages such as 'watch out, sheep don't know the green cross code'.
The road find a narrow pass to climb out of Glen Brerachan and so cross the watershed. Although descending gently, it takes about 2 miles before the road starts to drop more sharply and the full splendour of the view across the Tummel Valley ahead appears. The road has regained its white centre line now, and the extra width is needed as the bends tighten on the descent. As the first fields appear on the roadside, the road turns back on itself to the right, still high above Pitlochry. The first houses of Moulin then appear, with the road winding past them, and then after a couple more fields, it turns southwards again to descend into Pitlochry town centre to a T-junction.
Pitlochry is a bonny place, naturally filled with all of the tourist trappings you come to expect in this part of the world, but away from that there is plenty to explore, including Loch Faskally and the numerous walks in the surrounding woodlands. Originally the A924 ran down Bonnethill Road to end on the old A9. However, that road now bypasses Pitlochry, so the A924 has been extended in both directions along the pre-bypass road, to meet the A9 at either end of the town. The road to the right is the shorter route and allows access to the A9 in both directions (and the B8019 which continues along the original A9). The slightly longer road to the left only has south-facing sliproads to/from the A9. In addition, the A924 has been diverted from Bonnethill Road onto West Moulin Road for the final descent into the town centre.
As a curiosity, the 1982 OS Landranger map (the first available after the bypass opened) shows the A924 extending further south and including the former A9 line as far as Moulinearn. This is almost certainly an error or misunderstanding, as no subsequent maps show this, and it seems an unlikely situation.