|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||20.1 miles (32.3 km)|
|Meets:||A93, B952, B954, B955, A928, A90, B9128, A94, A932|
|Former Number(s):||B955, A94|
|Route outline (key)|
The A926 is a cross-country A-road in east Scotland.
Rattray – Kirriemuir
The road starts at a TOTSO junction on the A93 in Rattray, just across the River Ericht from Blairgowrie. Heading east out of the town, it passes a favourite Sabre venue of The Old Cross Inn, and then enjoys a long, high run along the hills on the north side of Strathmore, with expansive views south to the Sidlaw Hills behind Dundee.
Uninterrupted by much in the way of settlement, except the odd farm, the route eventually reaches the small village of New Alyth, beyond which a spur of the B952 turns off into Alyth, and then comes a roundabout with the B952 and B954 turning off. After another lengthy run, this time of 9 miles, the route reaches Kirriemuir. The views on this stretch are less expansive, with the landscape being flatter, but it is nevertheless a pretty route passing from Perthshire into Angus, with just three tiny villages of Ruthven, Airlie and Westmuir to hinder progress.
Kirriemuir - Forfar
On the edge of Kirriemuir, the A926 reaches another TOTSO, as it turns right to avoid the town centre. The main route is straight on into the town, while to the left the B955 follows the old A926 alignment (a convoluted route through town via Slade Road, Lochmill and Glengate), whilst the current A926 used to be the B955. After following Lindsay Street, the A926 has to give way to the A928 at a crossroads as it too heads into the town centre. At the further end of Morrison Street, the A926 incredibly has to TOTSO again, this time turning right onto its original route, Forfar Road, out of town.
Once clear of Kirriemuir, the road opens up again, with wide sweeping bends leading through a landscape of large fields as it gently drops down the hill to meet the A90 Forfar Bypass. The junction is a novel take on the dumbbell form, where instead of the sliproads curving around to meet the main road, the sliproads appear to follow the old A926 alignment, with the A926 itself having to take a horseshoe route over the A90 between the two roundabouts.
We are finally on the home straight, heading into Forfar, past some industrial units to meet the B9128 at a roundabout which was originally a simple fork junction. This was the original end point of the A926, with the B9128 being the old route of the A94 when it ran to Brechin. The two routes briefly multiplex southwards along Brechin Road to another roundabout, where the A926 turns eastwards before turning south once more, past the terminus of the A94 before terminating itself on the A932 shortly afterwards.
The route of the A926 has hardly changed since 1922. The most notable changes are the re-routing through Kirriemuir, the new junction with the A90 and the extension through Forfar. There was a significant change when the Forfar by-pass was built in 1987 when the section into Forfar was re-routed along part of the old Strathmore railway line which closed in 1982. This straightened out the road which previously crossed the railway by twisting over a bridge at Campbeltown Toll. The bridge still stands and the section of the road is still visible albeit overgrown in places.