The Ralia Junction is the southern entrance to Newtonmore in upper Strathspey. The small town lies over a mile to the north on the far side of the River Spey, but the meanders of the river mean that the bypass could not easily get closer to the town. The junction then is where the new A9 bypass leaves the older route and heads northeast, crossing the river beyond Kingussie. The old road into Newtonmore is now the B9150, with the A86 having been extended through the towns to meet the A9 at the eastern end of the bypass.
The junction at Ralia is currently a simple T junction on the A9, with a long turning lane in the centre of the main road. Although there is perhaps not a huge amount of traffic turning right for Newtonmore, the junction also gives access to the Ralia Cafe and picnic stop, which is a popular stopping place on longer journeys. Indeed, there is an extra left slip off of the northbound A9 to provide direct access for northbound traffic, which follows the old line of the A9. There is also a left filter lane at the Ralia Junction, leading onto the B9150.
Immediately after leaving the A9, the B9150 turns sharp right onto the old A9, which runs parallel to the new road. The Car park is reached by turning left here, also along the former A9, with the cafe and car park sited between the old and new roads. A short distance further east along the B9150, another junction marks the former starting point of the B970. This road was replaced by the new A9, although most of the old road survives as estate access, abandoned loops or rough tracks to either side of the new road.
|Newtonmore, Laggan (A86), Kingussie||Former A9|
|Ralia Cafe||Former A9|