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Primary Destinations
Fort William • Inverness • Mallaig • Newtonmore • Uig
Other Important Destinations
An Tairbeart • Aviemore • Bagh a' Chaisteil • Grantown on Spey • Loch Baghasdail • Loch nam Madadh • Portree • Spean Bridge
Current Highway Authorities
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar • Highland
Aberdeenshire • Argyll • Banffshire • Cromartyshire • Moray • Nairnshire • Perthshire • Ross-shire
Transport Scotland Roads
A9 • A82 • A86 • A87 • A95 • A96 • A830 • A887 • A889

Inverness-shire is the largest of the traditional counties in Scotland, with the county town being the Highland Capital of Inverness. It is found in the north of Scotland, spanning from the east to the west coast of the Mainland. It also includes the Isle of Skye, its neighbours, Eigg in the Small Isles and all of the Western Isles excluding Lewis, which is part of Ross-shire. All of the mainland, Eigg, Skye and surrounding islands are now part of Highland Council, with the Western Isles covered by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the council for the Western Isles.

Geography & Economy

Climbing from the east on the Corrieyairack Pass

As with the other Highland Counties, Inverness-shire has a varied, but generally rugged landscape. Even the Islands are largely mountainous, with the western coastline incised by deep fjord-like sea lochs. The highest point in the British Isles is Ben Nevis near Fort William in the south west of the county. The area around Inverness itself is the least rugged, with some rich arable land around the Moray Firth.

The county is split in two by the geological fault line of the Great Glen, through which the A82 passes on its way north to Inverness. Other valleys run east-west, providing routes across the county, but they are limited and there are a number of high passes which can become blocked in the winter, none less than the Corrieyairack Pass which was built nearly 300 years ago as a military road, but has long since been abandoned by all but walkers and mountain bikers.

The economy of the rural county is largely based on Tourism, although forestry, fishing and green energy are also important. Inverness itself is an important service centre for the whole region, and has grown fast over the last few decades to better fulfill this role.


The A82 in the Great Glen

The road network is largely defined by the terrain, with most roads either running along the coast or through the Great Glen and the side valleys leading off it. Most non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by Highland while the Western Isles portion of the country is under Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The trunk roads, which include the A9, A82, A86, A87, A95, A96, A830, A887 and A889 are maintained by Transport Scotland.

Many of the more important routes in the county were originally planned and built by the great Highland road builders - General Wade and Major Caulfeild as part of the military road network or Thomas Telford under his commission for Highland roads and bridges. Their legacy is a generally well laid out network of routes serving the larger communities. The only problem is the general lack of resilience - with detours in excess of 100 miles necessary should a road be closed.

Route From To Length
A8082 Inshes Tomnahurich 3.5 miles View
A82 Glasgow Inverness 167 miles View
A825 Corran Ardgour 0.4 miles View
A829 Glencoe North Ballachulish 15.9 miles View
A830 Fort William Mallaig 40.6 miles View
A831 Drumnadrochit Beauly 28.1 miles View
A833 Milton Balchraggan 9.3 miles View
A850 Kyleakin Dunvegan Castle 19.2 miles View
A851 Skulamus Armadale 15 miles View
A852 Isle Ornsay Pier 0.5 miles View
A853 Armadale Ardvasar 0.5 miles View
A854 Broadford Corry Pier 0.5 miles View
A855 Portree Uig 33.3 miles View
A856 Borve Uig 12.1 miles View
A859 Stornoway (Steòrnabhagh) Rodel (Roghadal) 57.9 miles View
A86 Kingussie Spean Bridge 40 miles View
A861 Drumfern Lochailort 64.9 miles View
A862 Inverness Ardullie 23.7 miles View
A862 Inverness Fort Augustus 33.3 miles View
A863 Sligachan Dunvegan (Dùn Bheagain) 22.8 miles View
A864 Lonmore Horneval 1.6 miles View
A865 Lochmaddy (Loch nam Madadh) Lochboisdale (Loch Baghasdail) 59.2 miles View
A867 Sruth Mòr (Lochmaddy) Clachan na Luib 7.1 miles View
A868 Tarbert Tarbert Ferry 0.2 miles View
A87 Invergarry Uig 99 miles View
A872 Corran Ardgour 0.2 miles View
A881 Broadford (An t-Ath Leathann) Elgol (Ealaghol) 14.4 miles View
A887 Invermoriston Bun Loyne 14.4 miles View
A888 Castlebay (Bàgh a' Chaisteil) Castlebay (Bàgh a' Chaisteil) 12.9 miles View
A889 Dalwhinnie Laggan 8.6 miles View
A88 Inverness Scrabster 157 miles View
A9 Polmont, Stirlingshire (M9) Scrabster, Caithness 279 miles View
A938 Carrbridge Dulnain Bridge 9 miles View
A939 Nairn Ballater 59.6 miles View
A95 Aviemore (N) Boyndie (SW) 63 miles View
A951 Aviemore Glenmoor Campsite, Loch Morlich 6 miles View
A96 Inverness Aberdeen 101.5 miles View
Argyll Coastal Route Tarbet North Ballachulish 149 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
B8006 Dalnabreck Dalelia 1.5 miles View
B8008 Arisaig Mallaig 9.8 miles View
B8008 Inchmore Dunballoch 3.1 miles View
B8009 Drynoch Portnalong 7.4 miles View
B8036 Peinmore Kensaleyre 1.5 miles View
B8038 Glenurquhart Road Ness Bridge 0.3 miles View
B8040 Laggan Aberchalder 4.5 miles View
B8082 Beechwood Business Park Dores Road 3.5 miles View
B8083 Broadford (An t-Ath Leathann) Elgol (Ealaghol) 14.0 miles View
B848 Canalside (south), Fort Augustus Glendoe Road, Fort Augustus 0.17 miles View
B848 Laggan Dalwhinnie 6.6 miles View
B850 Salen Kinlochmoidart 10.4 miles View
B851 Errogie Culloden 19.0 miles View
B851 Inverness Fort Augustus 33.3 miles View
B852 Dores Whitebridge 13.4 miles View
B852 Invermoriston Cluanie 24 miles View
B853 Culcabock Culduthel Road 1.1 miles View
B854 Milton Brochies Corner, Balchraggan 9.3 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
B865 Raigmore Interchange Shore Street Roundabout 1.5 miles View
B865 Longman Roundabout Academy Street 1.5 miles View
B883 Peinmore Peinchorran (Peighinn a' Chorrain) 6.1 miles View
B883 Sligachan Dunvegan 24.0 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
B887 Ardhasaig (Aird Asaig) Hushinish (Huisinis) 12.7 miles View
B887 Portree Staffin 17 miles View
B888 Daliburgh (Dalabrog) Pollochar (Poll a' Charra) 4.7 miles View
B889 Castlebay (Bagh a' Chaisteil) Castlebay (Bagh a' Chaisteil) 12.9 miles View
B889 Daliburgh Lochboisdale 2.9 miles View
B890 Grogarry (Groigearraidh) Loch Skipport (Loch Sgioport) 3.5 miles View
B891 near Creagorry (Creag Ghoraidh) Peters Port (Port Pheadair) 4.1 miles View
B891 Lochmaddy Tigharry 17.4 miles View
B892 Uachdar Creagorry (Creag Ghoraidh) 8.4 miles View
B892 Lochmaddy Carinish 9.7 miles View
B893 Trumisgarry (Trùmaisgearraidh) Port nan Long 3.4 miles View
B893 Tigharry Clachan 8.0 miles View
B894 Criongrabhal (Cringraval) Loch Euphort (Locheport) 2.5 miles View
B897 Stornoway Rodel 57.6 miles View
B898 Tarbert Tarbert Pier 0.3 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
B9145 Grant Street Telford Street 0.5 miles View
B9146 Longman Industrial Estate Inverness Harbour 0.5 miles View
B9150 Raliabeag, Newtonmore Newtonmore 1.3 miles View
B9151 Aviemore Kingussie 9.4 miles View
B9152 Kingussie Aviemore(N) 13.2 miles View
B9153 Kinveachy Carrbridge 2.8 miles View
B9154 Dalmagarry Daviot 6.7 miles View
B9164 Drumchardine Dunballoch 3.1 miles View
B9164 Longman Industrial Estate Chapel Street 0.6 miles View
B9177 Bogbain Cradlehall 1.4 miles View
B9178 Easter Curr Dulnain Bridge 0.5 miles View
B970 Kingussie Speybridge 30.0 miles View
C1044 Culduthel Road Culduthel Mains Road 0.6 miles View
E120 Perth Perth 303 miles View
E15 Inverness Dover 640 miles View
Glen Moriston Road Fort Augustus Glen Moriston 7.4 miles View
Glen Feshie Road Feshie Bridge Braemar 30 miles View
Highland Tourist Route Aberdeen Inverness 118 miles View
Hirta Roads Village Bay Mullach Mor 4 miles View
U1094 Galmisdale Cleadale 5 miles View
Isle of Rum Kinloch Harris 10 miles View
Knoydart's Roads Kilchoan Airor 9 miles View
Moray Firth Tourist Route Inverness Mound Rock 80 miles View
NC500 Inverness Inverness 518 miles View
1 Dover Norwick View
NCN7 Sunderland Culloden Moor View
78 Campbeltown Inverness View
79 Garmouth Boat of Garten View
Pictish Trail Inverness Dunrobin Castle, Golspie 145 miles View
Rannoch Road Tulloch, near Fersit Killin 46 miles View
A830 Fort William Mallaig 44 miles View
T12 London Inverness View
T1 London Scrabster View
T30 Perth Inverness View
T98 Fort William Mallaig View
T99 Invergarry Kyle of Lochalsh View 


Primary Route
Non Primary Route
Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route

JunctionsCorran Ferry • Portree • Uig
CrossingsBarra Ferry • Corran Ferry • Corrieyairack Pass • Gaick Pass • Glenelg - Kylerhea Ferry • Lochboisdale Ferry • Mallaig - Armadale Ferry • Raasay Ferry • Small Isles Ferry • Sound of Barra Ferry • Sound of Harris Ferry • Uig-Harris Ferry • Uig - North Uist Ferry
RoadsA8082 • A82 • A825 (Corran Ferry) • A829 • A830 • A831 • A833 • A850 • A851 • A852 • A853 • A854 • A855 • A856 • A859 • A86 • A861 • A862 • A862 (Inverness - Fort Augustus) • A863 • A864 • A865 • A867 • A868 • A87 • A872 (Corran Ferry) • A881 • A887 • A888 • A889 • A88 (Inverness - Scrabster) • A9 • A938 • A939 • A95 • A951 (Aviemore) • A96 • Argyll Coastal Route • B8004 • B8005 • B8006 • B8006 (Loch Shiel) • B8008 • B8008 (Beauly) • B8009 • B8036 • B8038 • B8040 • B8082 • B8083 • B848 (Fort Augustus) • B848 (Laggan - Dalwhinnie) • B850 • B851 • B851 (Inverness - Fort Augustus) • B852 • B852 (Glen Moriston) • B853 • B854 (Inverness-shire) • B861 • B862 • B863 • B865 • B865 (Longman Road, Inverness) • B883 • B883 (Sligachan - Dunvegan) • B884 • B885 • B886 • B887 • B887 (Skye) • B888 • B889 (Barra) • B889 (South Uist) • B890 • B891 • B891 (North Uist) • B892 • B892 (North Uist) • B893 • B893 (Tigharry - Clachan) • B894 • B897 (Stornoway - Rodel) • B898 (Harris) • B9006 • B9007 • B9039 • B9090 • B9091 • B9092 • B9145 (Inverness) • B9146 • B9150 • B9151 (Aviemore) • B9152 • B9153 • B9154 • B9164 • B9164 (Inverness) • B9177 • B9178 • B970 • C1044 (Highland) • E120 (Old System) • E15 • Fort Augustus to Glen Moriston Road • Glen Feshie Road • Highland Tourist Route • Hirta Roads • Isle of Eigg • Isle of Rum • Knoydart's Roads • Moray Firth Tourist Route • NC500 • NCN1 • NCN7 • NCN78 • NCN79 • Pictish Trail • Rannoch Road (Thomas Telford) • Road to the Isles • T12 (Britain) • T1 (Britain) • T30 (Britain) • T98 (Britain) • T99 (Britain)
PlacesAn Tairbeart • Aviemore • Bagh a' Chaisteil • Fort William • Grantown on Spey • Inverness • Loch Baghasdail • Loch nam Madadh • Mallaig • Newtonmore • Portree • Uig
MiscellaneousComhairle nan Eilean Siar • Crossings in Inverness-shire • Highland Council • Junctions in Inverness-shire • Morar Bridge
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