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Argyll and Bute Council

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Argyll and Bute Council
Comhairle Earra-ghàidheal agus Bhòid
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Argyll • Buteshire • Dunbartonshire
Primary Destinations
Campbeltown • Oban
Other Important Destinations
Dunoon • Helensburgh • Lochgilphead • Tarbet
Highland • Perth & Kinross • Stirling • West Dunbartonshire
Transport Scotland Roads
A82 • A83 • A85 • A828

Argyll and Bute Council is the Highway Authority for most of the roads in Scotland's western seaboard from Helensburgh via the Mull of Kintyre to Appin. This includes the Isles of Bute, Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Mull, Coll, and Tiree, and the smaller islands between. These islands are, in turn, mostly served by the network of Caledoninan MacBrayne Ferries, although a number of the smaller islands are served by ferry services run by or under contract from the council.

It was created as a one-tier council in 1996 with the break-up of Strathclyde Region, and contains the majority of the traditional county of Argyll, as well as the Isle of Bute (Buteshire) and part of Dunbartonshire.

Highways Management

Argyll & Bute Council manage all of the roads in the council area, with the exception of the A82, A83, A85 and A828 which are managed by Transport Scotland as part of the Trunk Road Network. As of 2016, Government Statistics say that the council is responsible for 339.7 miles of A roads; 379.6 miles of B roads and 832.7 miles of other roads. There is an additional 155.5 miles of Trunk Roads within the council area, which are maintained by Transport Scotland.

The majority of everyday work on the road network in Argyll & Bute is undertaken by the Council's own DLO (Direct Labour Organisation). However, some work, such as white-lining is sub-contracted out to outside contractors. This is normally on a job by job basis. Sometimes projects are undertaken as a partnership between the DLO and a Contractor. Some vehicles and equipment are shared with neighbouring DLOs (or at least hired in/out) to reduce the costs of each council having equipment lying idle for long periods. Along with the Island Councils, Highland Council and Moray Council most of Argyll & Bute is part of HiTrans, and whilst this is predominately interested in regional transport strategy and sustainable and public transport, it sees the authorities working together on other projects. The Helensburgh area of Argyll falls under the remit of SPT, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

Principal and Classified Numbered Roads

The following is a list of A and B classified roads that are at least partially managed by the authority:

Route From To Length


A814 Glasgow Arrochar 40.0 miles View
A815 Cairndow Toward 35.7 miles View
A816 Lochgilphead Oban 36.3 miles View
A816 Kintraw Salachary View
A817 Loch Lomondside Garelochhead 8.9 miles View
A818 Arden Helensburgh 4.8 miles View
A819 Inveraray Kinachreachan 15.0 miles View
A844 Port Bannatyne Port Bannatyne (circular route) 22.0 miles View
A846 Lussagiven, Jura Ardbeg, Islay 48.2 miles View
A847 Bridgend Portnahaven 14.5 miles View
A848 Salen Pier Tobermory 10 miles View
A849 Salen Fionnphort 46 miles View
A880 Ardbeg Blairmore 4.6 miles View
A884 Achnalea Balmeanach 21.6 miles View
A885 Sandbank Dunoon 2.7 miles View
A886 Strachur Port Bannatyne 27 miles View
A8003 Ballochandrain Tighnabruaich 8.0 miles View
A8015 Tarbert East Loch Pier 1.1 miles View  
B828 Rest and be Thankful Monevechadan 3.3 miles View
B832 Duchlage Crosskeys Roundabout, Dumfin 1.7 miles View
B833 Garelochhead Coulport 13.2 miles View
B836 Dalinlongart Auchenbreck 10.5 miles View
B838 Tighness Arrochar 0.5 miles View
B839 St Catherines Lochgoilhead 6.3 miles View
B840 Cladich Carnassarie Castle 23.7 miles View
B841 Cairnbaan Crinan 4.3 miles View
B842 Claonaig Southend 37.2 miles View
B843 Stewarton Machrihanish 4.0 miles View
B844 Kilninver Easdale 9.1 miles View
B845 Barcaldine North Port 15.2 miles View
B866 Springfield, Loch Riddon Dundarrach 2.8 miles View
B872 Faslane Whistlefield 2.3 miles View
B875 St Colmac Ettrick Bay 1.9 miles View
B878 Rothesay Milton 2.0 miles View
B879 Carradale Village Carradale East Pier 1.5 miles View
B881 Rothesay Kilchatten Bay 6.0 miles View
B882 Tobermory Harbour Druim a' Chroinn 0.7 miles View
B8000 Tighnabruaich Pier Leanach 25.4 miles View
B8001 Redhouse Skipness 7.3 miles View
B8002 Kintraw Aird 5.2 miles View
B8003 Balvicar Cuan 1.7 miles View
B8016 Bridgend / Beul an Àtha Port Ellen / Port Ilein (N) 8.9 miles View
B8017 Blackrock Carnduncan 5.6 miles View
B8018 Tràigh an Luig Sanaigmore 6.35 miles View
B8024 Inverneill Stonefield 30.3 miles View
B8025 Baluachraig Keillmore 16.1 miles View
B8026 West Tarbert West Loch Tarbert Pier 0.5 miles View
B8035 Salen Kinloch Bridge 20.2 miles View
B8041 Argyll Street, Dunoon Alexandra Parade, Dunoon 0.4 miles View
B8042 Argyll Street Wellington Street 0.6 miles View
B8045 Port Appin Ferry Kilcheran 7.3 miles View
B8065 Tiree Ferry Terminal, Scarinish Barrapol 7.9 miles View
B8066 Heylipol Hynish 2.7 miles View
B8067 Balemartine Balephuil 2.0 miles View
B8068 Scarinish Heylipol 7.5 miles View
B8069 Gott Caoles 3.5 miles View
B8070 Arinagour Arileod 6.0 miles View
B8071 Arinagour Ballyhough 4.8 miles View
B8072 Arnabost Sorisdale 5.1 miles View
B8073 Tobermory Gruline 30.5 miles View
B8074 near Bridge of Orchy Inverlochy 10.2 miles View
B8077 near Lochawe Dalmally 3.4 miles View
B8085 Scalasaig Garvard 1.9 miles View
B8086 Scalasaig Kiloran 6.9 miles View
B8087 Scalasaig Kiloran 1.7 miles View      

Classified Unnumbered Roads

Main Article: Argyll and Bute Council (Class III roads)

For their Class III road network, the authority uses "C" prefixes.


Main Article: Argyll and Bute Council (Junctions)

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Argyll and Bute Council (Crossings)

Argyll & Bute Council Ferry Services


Argyll and Bute Council

Argyll and Bute Council
A814 • A815 • A816 • A816/Kintraw Landslide • A817 • A818 • A819 • A844 • A846 • A847 • A848 • A849 • A880 • A884 • A885 • A886 • A8003 • A8015 • Argyll Coastal Route • B828 • B832 • B833 • B836 • B838 • B839 • B840 • B841 • B842 • B843 • B844 • B845 • B866 • B872 • B875 • B878 • B879 • B881 • B882 • B8000 • B8001 • B8002 • B8003 • B8016 • B8017 • B8018 • B8024 • B8025 • B8026 • B8035 • B8041 • B8042 • B8045 • B8065 • B8066 • B8067 • B8068 • B8069 • B8070 • B8071 • B8072 • B8073 • B8074 • B8077 • B8085 • B8086 • B8087 • Clyde Sea Lochs Trail • Isle of Gigha • Isle of Luing • Kintyre Trail
Arrochar • Bowmore • Bute • Campbeltown • Coll and Tiree • Connel • Craignure • Dunoon • Helensburgh • Inveraray • Islay and Jura • Kennacraig • Mull • Oban • Port Askaig • Port Ellen • Rothesay • Tarbet • Tobermory
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