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Cromarty Bridge

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Cromarty Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Findon Mains
To:  Ardullie
Highway Authority
Transport Scotland
Opening Date
12th April 1979
On road(s)


1980 OS Landranger extract showing the bridge as unclassified

Cutting a dozen or more miles off the A9 route north, and bypassing towns such as Beauly, Muir of Ord and Dingwall, the Cromarty Bridge has significantly shortened the route north from Inverness. It was opened as part of major improvement works, which also saw a new stretch of road constructed across the Black Isle. Built in 1979, a couple of years ahead of the Kessock Bridge to the south, it did not immediately become the A9, and indeed the 1980 OS Landranger sheet (left) shows the road as being unclassified. Whilst maps from the intervening years show the road from Ardullie to North Kessock as an A road, it is not given a number.


The bridge is a concrete structure with 68 individual spans starting with a causeway section on the southern shore, and a much shorter embankment on the northern shore. The piers are paired under the deck, with the road, or at least the pavements, cantilevered out to either side. The whole structure is about a mile and a half long, terminating in a roundabout with the A862 on the north shore. Between October 2017 and March 2018 the entire bridge deck was re waterproofed and the road resurfaced with new barriers installed also.


Long before the bridge was built, indeed probably before cars became a common sight in this part of the country, there was a ferry crossing a few miles to the west from Dingwall to Alcaig. To the east there was also a ferry crossing the firth from Invergordon to Balblair on the Black Isle. There is also the still surviving Nigg Ferry at the entrance to the Cromarty Firth, but all other traffic would have needed to head inland to Conon Bridge.

Cromarty Bridge
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Cromarty-br1.jpgA9 Cromarty Bridge - Coppermine - 17560.jpgA9 Inverness bypass under construction..jpgA9 B9163 junction and Cromarty Bridge aerial.jpgA9 Cromarty Bridge - aerial from South.jpg
Features of the A9 Corridor
North of Inverness
Kessock Bridge • Cromarty Bridge • Nigg Ferry • Dornoch Firth Bridge • Bonar Bridge • The Mound • Helmsdale • Dunbeath & Berriedale • Scrabster Ferry • Pentland Ferry
Crossings of the Rivers Conon and Tributaries
River CononScatwell Bridge • Moy Bridge • Conon Bridge • Maryburgh Bridge • Cromarty Firth Bridge
River BranLuib Bridge (Ledgowan) • Ledgowan Bridge • Bridge of Grudie
Black WaterTorrandhu Bridge • Black Bridge • Inchbae Bridge • Garbat Bridge • Silver Bridge (Garve) • Little Garve Bridge • Blackwater Bridge • Contin Bridge
Rivers Orrin and MeigBridgend Bridge • Meig Dam • Aultgowrie Bridge • Aultgowrie Orrin Bridge • Orrin Bridge

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