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Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Crathie (NO262949)
To:  Potarch (NO607973)
Distance:  25 miles (40.2 km)
Met:  A93, B971, B9119, B968, B976, A93
Former Number(s):  B968, B9093
Now part of:  B976, B993
Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
A973 Crathie - Potarch

The A973 ran parallel to the A93 in west Aberdeenshire albeit on the other side of the River Dee.


The former A973 (now B976) near Ballater

Starting on the A93 at Crathie, the road immediately crossed the Dee on Crathie Bridge then bore sharply left by one of the lodges to the Balmoral Estate to follow the river downstream. The road remained in the flat valley bottom and so its exact route depended on the width of the valley on the south bank of the river as to whether the road had to run tight along the riverbank or could follow a straighter course a short distance away.

A sharp left-hand bend at Bridge of Muick took the road alongside the Dee with Ballater opposite. The first bridge downstream from Balmoral, Ballater Bridge on the B971, took A973 traffic into the town which has never expanded across the river. Several miles further downstream another bridge carried the B968 into Aboyne, then the road bore left at Allancreich before crossing the Dee a second time at Potarch Bridge. The road ended back on the A93 on the far side of the river, a couple of miles south of Kincardine O'Neil.


In 1922 the A973 did not exist. The road from Crathie to Aboyne was the B968 and the remainder was unclassified. However, the route is part of the ancient South Deeside Road, which was historically the more important route through Deeside, before the 19th century improvements to what became the A93. The A973 came into existence in the mid-1920s (it is not shown on the 1926 Michelin Map) leaving only a short section of the B968 in Aboyne and taking over the short-lived and formerly unclassified B9093 to Potarch Bridge.

In the early 1970s it was decided that having two parallel Class I roads in the Dee Valley was overkill, especially as the one didn't actually serve any places of any size. As such the A973 was downgraded prior to 1974. The majority became an extension of the B976 whilst the easternmost couple of miles became a detached section of the B993.

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Dinnet-1934.jpgThe B976 South Deeside road west of Ballater - Geograph - 646577.jpgUpstream of the bridge at Potarch - Geograph - 1354239.jpgPotarch Bridge - Geograph - 1289297.jpg
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