An Aghaidh Mhòr
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|Places related to the A9
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Aviemore is a town in the Scottish Highlands, best known as a tourist resort. It grew rapidly in the 1960s and 70s as the Ski resort at Cairngorm developed, and with the growth in popularity of outdoor sports of all types. Just east of the town, the various resorts and facilities around Loch Morlich and Glen More on the road up to the ski centre provide year-round activities and entertainment, making the small town of Aviemore one of the biggest inland holiday resorts in the country. Further attractions are found at Abernethy to the north and Loch Insch near Kincraig to the south.
The village originally grew up alongside the line of what became the A9, but was first built by General Wade as a military road, and then rebuilt by Thomas Telford as part of his commission on Highland roads and bridges. In the 1980s, the town was bypassed, the A9 moved a little to the west, which helped open the town up for further development and growth as the busy through-traffic was taken away from the main street. The line of the old A9 is now the B9152, which starts at Kingussie to the south, and continues north to the A95 junction at the north end of the town. It connects with the A9 at both ends.
Glen Mor and Cairngorm are served, in part at least, by the B970, a spur of which reaches the B9152 at a mini roundabout at the south end of Aviemore. This spur then runs past a selection of attractions at Inverdruie where it meets the mainline, and continues to Coylumbridge, where it turns north once more. The unclassified road that continues into Glen More was briefly the A951, although the exact history and extent of this route are not fully understood at present. It was declassified soon after the A9 bypass opened.
|Elgin (A941), Keith (A96), Carrbridge (B9153), Boat of Garten, Grantown on Spey (B9102)
|Former A9 route at first
|Kingcraig, Kingussie (A86)
|Former A9 route
|Short lived upgrade of part of the B970