|Location Map ( geo)|
|TOTSO 'Give Way' Junction|
|Junctions related to the A887|
Bunloyne is the junction of the A87 and the A887 to the west of Fort Augustus. It is also known as Moriston Bridge, after the bridge immediately to the south on the A87. After the stunning hill crossing from Invergarry on the A87, the twisty climb up from Invermoriston on the A887 or the expansive views across Loch Cluanie, it always feels as though you are dropping into a small wooded gorge at Bunloyne. Of course, the river is close at hand and the valley floor home to many trees, but it is a startling change of scenery, no matter how briefly.
The junction is a spacious one, however, with a wide turning lane on the main A87-A887 route, and this is probably down to its relatively recent creation. Until 1957 the A87 ran much further west, across Loch Loyne, but when that loch was enlarged by a dam, the road was rerouted to the east. However, even when these two routes met at Cluanie, the A87 appears to have been forced to TOTSO with the A887. This perhaps reflects the main traffic flows of the time. Today, there is more traffic on the A87 south to Invergarry, but before mass tourism, the route north to Invermoriston and so Inverness may have been busier. The opening in 1975 of the Ballachulish Bridge many miles to the south, and more recently the Skye Bridge have changed traffic flows considerably in the West Highlands, with large numbers of people now coming north to visit the Isle of Skye each year.
|Caol Loch Aillse / Kyle of Lochalsh , Drochaid an Eilean Sgitheanaich / Skye Bridge|
|Inbhir Garradh / Invergarry, An Gearasdan / Fort William (A82)|
|Inbhir Moireasdan / Invermoriston, Inbhir Nis / Inverness (A82)|