|Location Map ( geo)|
|nr North Kessock, Inverness|
|Junctions related to the B9161|
The Munlochy Junction lies on the A9 dual carriageway between the Kessock Bridge and Tore Roundabout to the north of Inverness. It is the busiest of the remaining central reservation gaps on this section of the A9, and the only one with a classified road. The B9161 heads east here to Munlochy on the Black Isle, but it is also the most direct route between Inverness and Fortrose, Cromarty and many other settlements on the peninsula, so it can be very busy, particularly at peak times. To help with turning traffic, there is a long right turn lane in the centre of the A9, and the B9161 is also provided with acceleration and deceleration lanes on the southbound carriageway of the A9. Only traffic turning right out of the B road is poorly catered for, but most traffic making the movement will use the A832 via Tore.
The A9 previously ran around the head of the Firths further west, and so it was the B9162 that the B9161 formerly met near here. The old junction survives a short distance to the east of the current junction, where the B9161 used to turn southwards into North Kessock, with the B9162 running north west to Conon Bridge. What was, therefore, a TOTSO T junction has been converted into a staggered crossroads, the former B9162 was downgraded and turned to meet the B9161 further north, and the continuation south of the B9161 now a dead end serving a few houses.
With the pressure on improvements to the A9 south of Inverness, and closing central reservation gaps across the road network increasing, it seems inevitable that this junction will be grade separated at some point in the future. However, at present there are no public plans to do any work to the junction.
|Inverness||via Kessock Bridge|
|Thurso, Ullapool (A835)|
|Munlochy, Fortrose, Cromarty (A832)|