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Muir of Ord

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Muir of Ord
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Today Muir of Ord is a sleepy little village that sits in the hollow at the western end of the Black Isle, near the head of the Beauly Firth. However, in the past this was a major junction on the A9 north, where it briefly multiplexed with the A832 as they crossed the narrow railway bridge together. The village is home to a large industrial estate and the Black Isle Showground, where the famous Black Isle agricultural Show is held every August. It is one of a number of towns and villages that grew up along the route of the old main road, and is surrounded by relatively low lying agricultural land. Today many residents may commute to Inverness and other nearby places, but just as many come in to Muir for work.

The narrow railway bridge

The main road through Muir is the A862, which follows the former A9 route around the heads of the Beauly and Cromarty Firths. It approaches from the south on a long straight from Beauly, and then does a double kink across the railway line, with junctions for the A832 on either side. Before the coming of the railway, the Great North Road clearly continued straight ahead when it met the A832, following Seaforth Road and into Highfield Circle to meet the current road on the far side of the railway. The railway bridge was replaced in 2015 with a new two-lane structure, removing the traffic lights that had been introduced to limit the loads on the old bridge, so could create a serious bottleneck at times.

The A832 which crosses the A862 traverses the length of the Black Isle, from Cromarty at its eastern tip, via the Tore Roundabout to Muir, and then continues westwards to Contin. From Muir west, it is the old road to Ullapool, before the construction of the new A835 from Maryburgh in c1982. The only other classified road in Muir is the B9169, which starts at the industrial estate, and runs north onto the Black Isle and Culbokie.


The junction east of the railway bridge is a crossroads, with both the A832 and Seaforth Road giving way to the A862. The junction west of the bridge is a light-controlled T-junction. Today the junction in Muir receives little traffic in comparison to its heyday when the A9 came this way, but such is the priority still given to the A862 that the A832 Black Isle Road is signed eastwards to Cromarty but not to Inverness, although (via Tore) it is the quickest way to the city. The westwards route is, from the south at least, signed, for Contin and Ullapool.


Route To Notes


Cromarty, Tore Roundabout Not signed


Marybank, Contin, Ullapool


Conon Bridge, Dingwall Moray Firth Tourist Route Former A9


Beauly, Inverness Moray Firth Tourist Route Former A9



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