Muir of Ord
|Muir of Ord|
Am Blar Dubh
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Places related to the A832|
|Places related to the A862|
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 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 2016 with a new two-lane structure, removing the traffic lights that could provide 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 two junctions either side of the railway bridge are both simple give way T junctions, with the A862 getting priority in both cases. Today the junction in Muir recieves 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 not even signed eastwards towards Tore. The westwards route is, from the south at least, signed, for Contin and Ullapool. This may be left over signage, but shows that a lot of long distance traffic still passes this way.
|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|