Little Dunkeld Junctions
|Little Dunkeld Junctions|
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Junctions related to the A822|
|Gilmerton Junction • Greenloaning Junction|
|Junctions related to the A923|
|Coupar Angus • Coupar Angus Interchange|
The junction at Little Dunkeld is a staggered crossroads connecting the A822 and A923 to the A9. When approaching from the south, the right turn onto the A923 into Dunkeld comes first, with a central turning lane for right turning traffic, and a long deceleration lane for left turning traffic. This is then mirrored for the left turn onto the A822, with a long hatched central lane between the two turning lanes. However, this layout is relatively modern, dating only from when the A9 Dunkeld & Birnam bypass section was built. Prior to that the A9 threaded its way through the small cathedral city.
The old A9 route lay to the north of the modern road, passing through Birnam and then turning sharp left to cross the Dunkeld Bridge. At this turn, the A822 approached from the south west, its line still partially preserved as the cul-de-sac, Birnam Walk, alongside the modern A923 line.The A822 then also took a sharp turn, to the left this time, and climbed under the railway line, quickly gaining the line it still takes today (although there has recently been some re-alignment works here). As The A822 turned left, so the B898 carried straight ahead, picking up what is now the minor road through Inver. Beyond Inver, the modern A9 route has replaced the former B898 as far as the current junction a couple of miles further north. The A923, meanwhile, didn't start until the far side of Dunkeld, where it now has to TOTSO with the old A9 route.
This layout of roads is perhaps older than might be imagined, as the original A9 line, A822 and A923 were all built as military roads, the A9 north from Dunkeld by General Wade in the 1720s. However, it was not until the 1810s that Dunkeld Bridge was built by Thomas Telford as part of his commission on Highland roads and bridges, so finally linking the roads up. Prior to that a ferry crossed the River Tay.
|Crieff, Crianlarich (A85)||Tourist Route to Stirling|
|Blairgowrie, Coupar Angus (A984), Dunkeld, Birnam,|