|Location Map ( geo)|
The An Aird Junction is on the A82 in the centre of Fort William. The name comes from the Gaelic for 'high place', referring to the piece of land to the north, formerly between the mouths of the Rivers Nevis and Lochy. There are actually two Roundabouts which take the name, the one at the northern end of Fort William's bypass, where the road turns back in land to rejoin its old route along Belford Road, and the roundabout a little further north which serves McDonalds, Morrisons and the An Aird area of Fort William. It is the latter which has recently been resigned as the 'An Aird Roundabout'.
The roundabout on the A82 itself is sometimes officially known as the 'Transport Centre Roundabout', although very few locals use this name. The name 'Morrisons Roundabout' is also used, although it is not clear whether people are referring to the A82 or An Aird roundabouts with this name, as both lie on the access route to the Morrisons Store. The two roundabouts are connected by a short section of dual carriageway.
The second, An Aird roundabout, has 4 exits, the dual carriageway back to the A82, Camanachd Crescent which leads past Morrisons, Lidl, McDonalds and the Nevis Centre, Carmichael Way which leads to the Morrisons Filling Station, Fire Station and Pier and a stub. This last is the proposed start point for the Caol Link Road, which would run north along and then across the River Lochy, following the spit of land past the sewage works into Caol. This would eventually connect to the Blar Mhor Roundabout on the A830, which has also been built with the new road in mind, and so relieve traffic on the A82 in Fort William. However, it is over 25 years since the road was first proposed, with little progress made.
|Inverness, Mallaig (A830)|
|Crianlarich, Oban (A828)|
|Caol||to connect to Blar Mhor Roundabout|