|To:||Dulnain Bridge (NJ000250)|
|Distance:||9 miles (14.5 km)|
|Meets:||A9, B9153, B9007, B9178, A95|
|Former Number(s):||A9, A95|
|Route outline (key)|
Carrbridge - Dulnain Bridge
The A938 leaves the A9 at a T-junction south-east of the Slochd summit, and immediately takes a sharp right turn (to join the old road) to run gently downhill, mostly through pine woods, to Carrbridge. This section is the old A9 (replaced by the new road in the late 1970s). In Carrbridge we bear left at a triangular junction just north of the bridge; although this is almost straight ahead, the priority still follows the old A9 so that the “main” route becomes B9153.
Leaving the village, we run through mostly open country with some birch woods, and views across the Dulnain valley towards the Cairngorm mountains. The road is undulating as it crosses various small hills and ridges left behind by the glaciers. Approaching Dulnain Bridge we run close to the River Dulnain in a small gorge, and then enter the village. The turn to the right marks the original end of the A938; from here south or east the road used to be A95. The A938 has taken on the road to the east. The road to the south is the B9178 according to the Highland Council, although road signs and most maps claim it to be a spur of the A938.
Leaving Dulnain Bridge to the east we pass a number of roches moutonnées (ice-scraped rock knolls); a noticeboard gives a full description of their formation. Half a mile or so from the village we meet the present A95 at a T-junction.
The only other community on the route is Duthil, a tiny hamlet three miles from Carrbridge.
Original Author(s): Dave Summers
The A938 is, almost entirely, a road constructed by Major Caulfeild, or his successor, as a Military Road in the second half of the 18th Century. The precise date of construction is unknown, but the road was realigned at the eastern end in 1802, so must predate that work. Prior to the construction of what became the A95 in the 1810s, this was the main road west from Grantown, originally connecting to the Crieff - Inverness military road at Sluggan Bridge.
The western end of the route therefore forked off the modern A938 (former A9) at Bogroy, and is still a public road to start with. After passing under the railway, and then crossing the A9, the old road is the driveway to Lynphail. After crossing the stream, the old road continues as a path, first along the riverbank and then through the forest to meet the main military road at the ruin of Sluggan immediately to the north of Sluggan Bridge. This route was clearly chosen to minimise the number of bridges needed across the Dulnain.