|Location Map ( geo)|
|West of Kyleakin, Isle of Skye|
The Kyleakin Roundabout was built as part of the Skye Bridge project, to replace the ferry service and provide the Isle of Skye with a permanent connection to the outside world. While the people of Kyle have to make do with two sets of traffic lights, Kyleakin was given a roundabout. This is largely due to the bridge landing to the west of the village, and so land was not a problem. It also allows traffic to safely make the sharp right turn from the bridge onto the old A850, and vice versa, whilst not disadvantaging the lower levels of traffic heading into Kyleakin itself.
The construction of the bridge saw the A87 extended from its former terminus at the ferry slipway in Kyle, over the bridge and right the way across Skye to Uig. The first section, through Broadford and on to Portree took over the former A850, which now starts west of Portree. However, the short section of former A850 from the ferry slipway as far as the roundabout is still listed by the Highland Council as part of the A850, despite not being signed as such on the ground, or indeed shown on maps.
The roundabout is actually a four-arm junction, the A87 turning from North to west, the road to Kyleakin heading east and a short dead end heading south. This is the Old Kyle Farm Road and leads to a couple of small housing developments, with plans to build more.
|Skye Bridge, Caol Loch Aillse / Kyle of Lochalsh|
|Portree / Port Rìgh, Ùige /Uig|
|Caol Acain / Kyleakin||A850 not numbered on signs|
|local access (unsigned)|