Category:Telford's Highland Roads

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Between 1805 and c1830, Thomas Telford oversaw the construction of a network of roads to serve the scattered and isolated people of the Scottish Highlands. Major work was also done on the Glasgow - Carlisle route, later to become the A74. While the network was never truly completed, it did make travel in the region far easier than ever before.

The roads listed below at least partly follow one of the routes that comprised Telford's network. Italics indicate that the full length of road indicated was previously a Military Road.

Mainland Routes

Zone 7

Current Number NameFromToNotes
Former A74CarlisleGlasgowLong sections built by Telford's team
B7076 / B7078Former A74

Zone 8

Current Number NameFromToNotes
A82GlasgowInvernessMany sections of this road utilise Telford's Alignment
A83TarbetInverary
A86Laggan RoadSpean BridgeKingussie
A87Glen Garry Road / Glen Shiel RoadInvergarryKyle of LochalshTook Tomdoun Road, then crosses on old road to Cluanie Inn
A815Strachur RoadStrachurArdentinnyUsed U/c road from Loch Eck.
A816KilmelfordKintraw
A819DalmallyInverary
A826Loch CarronShieldaig
A827Lix TollKillin
A830Loch na Gaul RoadFort WilliamArisaigOriginally reached coast south of Arisaig. Many realignments on route.
A831Strathglass RoadBeaulyTomichContinued along U/c road
A836Tongue RoadTainTongue
A861Moydart RoadCorran FerryKinlochmoidartOld Road still in evidence alongside modern alignment.
A862InvernessDingwallFormer sections of A9. See also B862
A887Glen Shiel RoadInvermoristonBunloyne
A889LagganDalwhinnie
A890Lochcarron RoadAuchtertyreAchnasheenUsed Strome Ferry
A896Loch CarronShieldaig
B836Glendaruel RoadLoch FyneLoch RiddonContinued down U/c road on west shore of Loch Riddon.
B839Ardno RoadArdnoLochgoilheadThrough Hells Glen
B846Tummel BridgeAberfeldyUnclassified from Dalnacardoch on A9 to Tummel Bridge
B851Inverfarigaig RoadDaviotInverfarigaigFrom B862 junction, followed that road then U/c road to Loch Ness.
B852DoresFoyers
B862InvernessFort AugustusFollowed B852 from Dores to Foyers.
B8004BanavieGairlochy
B8005GairlochyLoch ArkaigRoad on to Strathan dates from the same era, but not part of Telford's work.

Zone 9

Current Number NameFromToNotes
A9Dornoch - Helmsdale: Dunrobin Road
Helmsdale - Wick: Dunbeath Road
Wick - Thurso: Thurso Road
DunkeldThursoLong sections built by Telford's Team.
A93BlairgowrieBalmoral
A95Speyside RoadAviemoreCraigellachie
A938CarrbridgeGrantown On Spey
A939BalmoralGrantown on Spey
A939Within former county of Nairn, but didn't reach Nairn itself!
A980 / A93Alford BridgePotarch BridgeExact route unclear. Some sections now Unclassified.
B9007Within former county of Nairn
B9176Fearn RoadAlnessStruie Hill

Island Routes

Arran

Current Number FromToNotes
A841BrodickKilbride
B880BrodickBlackwaterfoot

Jura

Current Number FromToNotes
A846Feolin Ferry?Telford's route was very different to modern road.

Islay

Current Number FromToNotes
A846Bridgendtowards Port Askaig
A847BridgendPortnahaven

Mull

Several routes were proposed, but none ever materialised.

Skye

Current Number FromToNotes
A87KyleakinUig
A850CarbostDunvegan
A851BroadfordArmadale
A863 / A864SligachanDunvegan
B886Fairy BridgeSteinContinued along U/c road