B855 (Loch Carron)
|Via:||Strome Ferry, Lochcarron|
|Distance:||34.5 miles (55.5 km)|
|Met:||A87, B857, B856, A832|
|Now part of:||A890, A896|
|Route outline (key)|
The B855 is described in the 1922 Road Lists as Kirkton - Lochcarron - Achnasheen. It started on the A87 in the area of Auchtertyre and Kirkton and headed north to cross Loch Carron by water at Strome Ferry. The road then ran up the northern side of Loch Carron before crossing the watershed at the head of Glen Carron and descending to end on the A832 at Achnasheen.
The entire road seems to have been upgraded to be the A890 sometime around 1930. Then in the late 1960s that road was diverted along a new route along the eastern shore of Loch Carron to avoid the ferry. This means that the ex-B855 either side of the ferry - and as far east as the village of Lochcarron - is now unclassified, whilst the road from Lochcarron to the current A890 is now part of the A896, explaining the TOTSO near New Kelso. The A890 has seen upgrade works along much of its length in the last 40 years, meaning that parts of the former B855 are barely recognisable.