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Newtonmore is a small town on the A86 in Upper Strathspey. The A9 used to pass through the town, with the A86 terminating at the west end, but the A9's current route now runs further south, on the other side of the river and Newtonmore no longer appears as a "forward" destination anywhere on it. It would now seem more appropriate to replace Newtonmore with either Kingussie or Aviemore, which are each alongside the A9 at a point where it meets another Primary Route (A86 and A95 respectively).
The town itself is strung along the roadside for about a mile, with a selection of shops, hotels and restaurants, as well as the Highland Folk Museum at the east end of the town. Travellers may get a sense of deja vu, as at a quick glance Newtonmore and its near neighbour Kingussie, a couple of miles to the east, are very similar when just passing through. Both towns are now bypassed by the A9, with the A86 now terminating at the east end of Kingussie, where the B9152 takes over the old line of the A9 towards Aviemore
At the west end of Newtonmore, the A86 and B9150 meet at a sharp fork junction. The priorities haven't changed since the A9 passed through the town, giving the A86 a TOTSO at its former terminus. There is a small triangle here, but so little traffic turns between the A86 and B9150 that it is hardly used, particularly as there is a single track cut through further west which is favoured by those who know the roads. It is actually very close, time-wise, between following the A86 through the two towns, or using the B9150 to reach the A9 bypass, and when the A9 is dualled this may well prove the quicker route.
The B9150 leaves the town and crosses the River Spey on Spey Bridge and then the narrow, signal-controlled railway bridge before reaching the main road at Ralia, where a small cafe and picnic site provide limited services for those travllers not willing to leave the A9 completely.
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