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Inveraray is the historic county town of Argyll, and Inveraray Castle is the seat of the Dukes of Argyll. The town that we see today is small, but perfectly formed having been built by an 18th Century Duke to replace the original village on the lawns of his re-modelled castle. The new town was built on a slight promontory at the mouth of Glen Aray, keeping and improving the old harbour around which the town had first grown. The tall white blocks that line the main streets are flats over shops, making way for the central square in the middle of which the parish church sits. This now forms the island of a roundabout for traffic, with the famous visitor attraction of Inveraray Jail off to the side. The town may have grown up as the administrative centre for Argyll, but that role has long since been transferred to Lochgilphead, and Inveraray now has a booming tourist trade, as well as being the largest town for miles around.
The main road through the town is the A83, on its long meandering route around sea lochs from Loch Lomond near Glasgow to Campbeltown on Kintyre. At the north end of the town, the A819 meets the A83. This is the historic route through the pass from the A85 at Dalmally, which became part of the military road network in the 1750s, and was further improved in the 1930s, with work to widen the road again in progress in the 2010s.
The Junction itself lies to the north west of the Argyll Hotel, with the A819 emerging from Glen Aray through a narrow archway onto the shoreside A83. The arch is balanced to the south east of the hotel with a matching structure forming the entrance to the towns main car park. After another block of buildings, the A83 then turns back to the south west along the main street. The A819 through the arch has recently been adjusted with give way markings giving priority to traffic coming through the arch from the A83. The junction itself is then a simple give-way.
With the increasing problems on the A83 to the east at the Rest and be Thankful, traffic is regularly being diverted onto the A819, a route which has been substantially upgraded in the last few years, with work ongoing.
|Glaschu / Glasgow (A82)
|Argyll Coastal Route
|Cean Loch Chille Chiarain / Campbeltown, Campbeltown Ferry to Ardrossan season service
|Argyll Coastal Route
|An t-Oban / Oban, A' Chrion-Laraich (A85)