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Highland Council

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Highland Council
Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd
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Argyll • Caithness • Cromartyshire • Inverness-shire • Moray • Nairnshire • Ross-shire • Sutherland
Primary Destinations
Fort William • Inverness • Kyle of Lochalsh • Mallaig • Newtonmore • Thurso • Uig • Ullapool • Wick
Other Important Destinations
Applecross • Aviemore • John o Groats • Lairg • Nairn • Portree • Tongue
Aberdeenshire • Argyll and Bute • Moray • Perth and Kinross
Transport Scotland Roads
A9 • A82 • A86 • A87 • A95 • A96 • A99 • A828 • A830 • A835 • A887 • A889 • A893

The Authority

The Highland Council (Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd) is the Highway Authority for all the roads in the North of Scotland. At 11,838 square miles (30,659 km²) the Authority is bigger than the nation of Belgium and Wales and therefore it is by far the biggest council in Britain measured by land area. As of 2016, Government Statistics say that the council is responsible for 859.4 miles of A roads; 604.9 miles of B roads and 2940 miles of other roads. There is an additional 597.1 miles of Trunk roads within the council area, which are maintained by Transport Scotland.

It was formed as Highland Regional Council in 1975 from the Administrative Counties of:
Inverness-shire (except for the Western Isles)
Ross & Cromarty (except for Lewis)
plus portions of Moray and Argyll

It was reorganised into a one-tier council, merging with the District Councils, in 1996. However, the component counties survive to some extent for several administrative and logistical purposes, mainly because of the large geographical area. The Council area was formerly broken into eight areas:

Ross and Cromarty (without Lochalsh)
Skye and Lochalsh (taking the Isle of Skye and Lochalsh on the mainland)
Lochaber (The south western portion of the area, formerly Inverness-shire and Argyll, centred on Fort William)
Badenoch and Strathspey (Grantown on Spey & the A86 corridor, formerly Inverness-shire and Moray)
Inverness (The rest of historic Inverness-shire, including The Highland Capital)

However, these have now been consolidated into 3 areas: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; (Wester) Ross, Skye and Lochaber; and Inverness, Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey.

Highways Management

The majority of everyday work on the road network in Highland is undertaken by the Councils own DLO (Direct Labour Organisation). However, some work, such as white-lining is sub-contracted out to outside contractors. This is normally on a job by job basis. Sometimes projects are undertaken as a partnership between the DLO and a Contractor. Some vehicles and equipment are shared with neighbouring DLOs (or at least hired in/out) to reduce the costs of each council having equipment lying idle for long periods. The Island Councils, Argyll and Bute Council and Moray Council are all part of HiTrans, and whilst this is predominately interested in sustainable and public transport, it sees the authorities working together on other projects.

Principal and Classified Numbered Roads

The following is a list of A and B classified roads that are at least partially managed by the authority:

Route From To Length


A99 Latheron John o' Groats 34 miles View
A831 Drumnadrochit Beauly 28.1 miles View
A832 Cromarty, Black Isle Braemore Junction, Wester Ross 125 miles View
A833 Milton Balchraggan 9.3 miles View
A834 Dingwall Contin 6.8 miles View
A835 Tore Ledmore 66.4 miles View
A835 Tore Ledmore 66.4 miles View
A836 John o' Groats Tarlogie (Dornoch Firth Bridge) 122 miles View
A836 John o' Groats Tarlogie (Dornoch Firth Bridge) 122 miles View
A837 Invershin Lochinver 44.9 miles View
A838 Dalchork Tongue 83.3 miles View
A839 The Mound Rosehall 22.2 miles View
A850 Kyleakin Dunvegan Castle 19.2 miles View
A851 Skulamus Armadale 15 miles View
A855 Portree Uig 33.3 miles View
A861 Drumfern Lochailort 64.9 miles View
A862 Inverness Ardullie Roundabout 23.7 miles View
A863 Sligachan Dunvegan (Dùn Bheagain) 22.8 miles View
A882 Wick Georgemas Junction 14.2 miles View
A884 Achnalea Balmeanach 21.6 miles View
A890 Achnasheen Auchtertyre 32.2 miles View
A894 Skiag Bridge Laxford Bridge 23.2 miles View
A896 Strathcarron Kinlochewe 34.3 miles View
A897 Helmsdale Melvich 37.1 miles View
A938 Carrbridge Dulnain Bridge 9 miles View
A939 Nairn Ballater 59.6 miles View
A939 Grantown on Spey Cock Bridge 21.5 miles View
A939 Nairn Grantown on Spey 23.5 miles View
A939 Nairn Ballater 59.6 miles View
A949 Bonar Bridge Dornoch 13.3 miles View
A8082 Inshes Tomnahurich 3.5 miles View  
B801 Rhiconich Kinlochbervie 4.7 miles View
B817 Drummond Kildary 14.1 miles View
B848 Canalside (south), Fort Augustus Glendoe Road, Fort Augustus 0.17 miles View
B849 Lochaline Bunavullin 10.6 miles View
B851 Errogie Culloden 19.0 miles View
B852 Dores Whitebridge 13.4 miles View
B853 Culcabock Culduthel Road 1.1 miles View
B855 Dunnet Dunnet Head 4.3 miles View
B861 Inverness Tombreck 7.5 miles View
B862 Inverness Fort Augustus 33.6 miles View
B863 Glencoe North Ballachulish 15.9 miles View
B864 Inveran Lairg 5.1 miles View
B865 Raigmore Interchange Shore Street Roundabout 1.5 miles View
B869 Lochinver Unapool 22.0 miles View
B870 Glengolly Kirk 22.6 miles View
B871 Kinbrace Leckfurin 25.0 miles View
B873 Altnaharra Syre 11.3 miles View
B874 Thurso Wick Airport 22.5 miles View
B876 Reiss Castletown 12.2 miles View
B877 Olrig Street Riverside Road 0.3 miles View
B883 Peinmore Peinchorran (Peighinn a' Chorrain) 6.1 miles View
B884 Lonmore Milovaig 9.7 miles View
B885 Portree Bracadale 9.3 miles View
B886 Fairy Bridge, Dunvegan Stein 4.3 miles View
B970 Kingussie Speybridge 30.0 miles View
B8004 Banavie Spean Bridge (W) 8.9 miles View
B8005 Gairlochy Loch Arkaig 5.9 miles View
B8006 Victoria Bridge, Fort William Banavie 1.8 miles View
B8007 Salen Achosnich 23.9 miles View
B8008 Arisaig Mallaig 9.8 miles View
B8009 Drynoch Portnalong 7.4 miles View
B8021 Gairloch Melvaig 9.5 miles View
B8036 Peinmore Kensaleyre 1.5 miles View
B8043 Inversanda Lochuisge 12.8 miles View
B8044 Acharacle (Ath-Tharracail) Ardtoe 3.2 miles View
B8056 Kerrysdale Redpoint 8.9 miles View
B8057 Poolewe Rubha nan Sasan 8.4 miles View
B8083 Broadford (An t-Ath Leathann) Elgol (Ealaghol) 14.0 miles View
B9006 Inverness Fort George 15.1 miles View
B9007 Duthil Logie 18.5 miles View
B9039 Newton of Petty Ardersier 4.9 miles View
B9090 Nairn Brackley 8.7 miles View
B9091 Nairn Croy 7.0 miles View
B9092 Ardersier Delnies 4.6 miles View
B9101 Auldearn Geddes 3.7 miles View
B9102 Dandaleith Grantown on Spey 24.6 miles View
B9111 Auldearn By Pass(W) Auldearn 0.9 miles View
B9150 Raliabeag, Newtonmore Newtonmore 1.3 miles View
B9152 Kingussie Aviemore(N) 13.2 miles View
B9153 Kinveachy Carrbridge 2.8 miles View
B9154 Dalmagarry Daviot 6.7 miles View
B9159 High Street Harbour Road 0.5 miles View
B9160 Rosemarkie(N) Jemimaville 4.2 miles View
B9161 Munlochy Croftnacreich 3.2 miles View
B9162 High Street School Road 0.3 miles View
B9163 Conon Bridge Cromarty 19.6 miles View
B9164 Drumchardine Dunballoch 3.1 miles View
B9165 Loandhu Portmahomack 9.4 miles View
B9166 Fearn Balintore 1.8 miles View
B9168 Poles Dornoch 2.0 miles View
B9169 Muir of Ord(S) Shoreton 10.4 miles View
B9174 Morangie Knockbreck 1.6 miles View
B9175 Newfield Nigg Ferry 6.6 miles View
B9176 Skiach, Alness Easter Fearn 15.1 miles View
B9177 Bogbain Cradlehall 1.4 miles View
B9178 Easter Curr Dulnain Bridge 0.5 miles View     

Classified Unnumbered Roads

Main Article: Highland Council (Class III roads)

For their Class III road network, the authority uses "C" prefixes.


Main Article: Highland Council (Junctions)

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Highland Council (Crossings)


The Highland Council

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