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Ross-shire
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Primary Destinations
Kyle of Lochalsh
Other Important Destinations
Applecross • Dingwall • Stornoway
Current Highway Authorities
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar • Highland
Borders
Cromartyshire • Inverness-shire • Sutherland
Transport Scotland Roads
A9 • A87 • A835

Ross-shire is a traditional county in the north of Scotland. It was administratively merged with Cromartyshire in 1889 to form Ross & Cromarty County Council, mainly due to the fragmented and sparsely populated nature of Cromartyshire. As well as a large chunk of the mainland the Isle of Lewis (but not Harris!) is also part of Ross-shire. All of the mainland portion of the county is now under Highland Council, whilst Lewis is covered by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the council for the Western Isles. The historic county town is Dingwall in Easter Ross, whilst the Bishop of Ross formerly had his Cathedral at Fortrose on the Black Isle.

Geography & Economy

The Bealach na Ba

The county is one of stark contrast. The western seaboard is one of the most rugged and spectacular in the British Isles, from the remote Applecross peninsula accessed by the famous Bealach na Ba to the busy port of Kyle of Lochalsh from which the Skye Bridge crosses to the Isle of Skye. The east, meanwhile, is much more densely populated, with towns clustered along the shores of the Firths that cut deep into the county. From the arable Black Isle to the industrial port of Invergordon, it is also commuter belt to Inverness. It is little wonder, perhaps, that for centuries the county has been split into 'Wester' and 'Easter' Ross.

Whilst Easter Ross therefore has a rich and productive economy, Wester Ross and Lewis are much more reliant on Tourism and trade related to the land and nature, from Forestry to renewable energy, although Easter Ross is also an important area for renewables.

Roads

Kessock Bridge, gateway to Ross-shire

As with other Highland counties, the geography defines the road network, with most roads following the coastlines. There are, however, also roads cutting across through the valleys that provide passes, and occasionaly as with the Bealach na Ba and Mam Ratagan Pass over the hills as well. Most non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by Highland while the Western Isles portion of the country is under Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Transport Scotland manage the trunk roads which include the A9, A87 and A835.

The majority of the road network in Wester Ross is A and B class routes, with most unclassified roads being long dead ends leading into the remote valleys and serving a handful of properties. In Easter Ross, there is a much denser network of unclassified roads, partly due to the easier terrain and also because of the more densely settled landscape. There are also a series of substantial and important bridges in Easter Ross, crossing the Firths. The Kessock Bridge carries the A9 across the Moray Firth into Ross-shire, whilst the Cromarty Bridge and Dornoch Firth Bridge carry the A9 over the Firths further north. Bonar Bridge and Lovat Bridge are older crossings further upstream.

Route From To Length
A832 Cromarty, Black Isle Braemore Junction, Wester Ross 125 miles View
A832 Cromarty, Black Isle Moy Bridge, Contin 125 miles View
A833 Muir of Ord Cromarty 23.6 miles View
A834 Dingwall Contin 6.8 miles View
A835 Tore Ledmore 66.4 miles View
A836 John o' Groats Tarlogie (Dornoch Bridge) 122 miles View
A837 Invershin Lochinver 44.9 miles View
A857 Stornoway Port of Ness 27.1 miles View
A858 Liurbost Barabhas 28 miles View
A859 Stornoway (Steòrnabhagh) Rodel (Roghadal) 57.9 miles View
A859 Garynahine Barvas 21 miles View
A862 Inverness Ardullie 23.7 miles View
A866 Stornoway Portnaguran 10.5 miles View
A87 Invergarry Uig 99 miles View
A88 Inverness Scrabster 157 miles View
A890 Achnasheen Auchtertyre 32.2 miles View
A896 Strathcarron Kinlochewe 34.3 miles View
A9 Polmont, Stirlingshire (M9) Scrabster, Caithness 279 miles View
A9 Aviemore Tore Roundabout 279 miles View
A9 Tore Roundabout Dornoch Firth Bridge 30 miles View
B8010 Stornoway(W) Breasclete 10.1 miles View
B8011 Garrynahine (Gearraidh na h-Aibhne) Timsgarry (Timsgearraidh) 18.3 miles View
B8012 Loch Laxavat Carloway 5.7 miles View
B8013 Lionel (Lional) Eoropie (Eòropaidh) 1.2 miles View
B8014 Port of Ness (Port Nis) Eoropie (Eòropaidh) 1.5 miles View
B8015 Lionel (Lional) Skigersta (Sgiogarstaigh) 1.8 miles View
B8021 Gairloch Melvaig 9.5 miles View
B8027 MacAulay Road Sandwick Road 0.5 miles View
B8039 Windhill Balnagown 0.8 miles View
B8056 Kerrysdale Redpoint 8.9 miles View
B8057 Poolewe Rubha nan Sasan 8.4 miles View
B8059 Grimersta (Griomarstadh) Barraglom 4.9 miles View
B8060 Balallan (Baile Ailean) Lemreway (Leumrabhagh) 13.7 miles View
B817 Drummond Kildary 14.1 miles View
B852 Invermoriston Cluanie 24 miles View
B855 Auchtertyre Achnasheen 34.5 miles View
B856 New Kelso Srathcarron Station 1.0 mile View
B857 Lochcarron Shieldaig 14.3 miles View
B858 Torridon Kinlochewe 10.8 miles View
B859 High Street Station Road 0.2 miles View
B859 Braemore Poolewe 37.8 miles View
B862 Conon Bridge Croftnacriech 7.5 miles View
B863 Conon Bridge Newfield 27.5 miles View
B864 Skiach, Alness Easter Fearn 14.5 miles View
B865 Loandhu, near Tain Portmahomack 9.8 miles View
B866 Fearn Balintore 1.9 miles View
B895 Newmarket, Stornoway New Tolsta (Tolastadh Ùr) 11.5 miles View
B895 Stornoway Portnaguran 10.3 miles View
B896 Barvas Port of Ness 15.3 miles View
B896 Garynahine Barvas 19.6 miles View
B897 North Lochs Turn Cuidhir 5.8 miles View
B897 Stornoway Rodel 57.6 miles View
B9160 Rosemarkie(N) Jemimaville 4.2 miles View
B9161 Munlochy Croftnacreich 3.2 miles View
B9162 High Street School Road View
B9163 Cromarty Conon Bridge 19.6 miles View
B9165 Loandhu Portmahomack 9.4 miles View
B9166 Fearn Balintore 1.8 miles View
B9169 Muir of Ord(S) Shoreton 10.4 miles View
B9174 Morangie Knockbreck 1.6 miles View
B9175 Newfield Nigg Ferry 6.6 miles View
B9176 Skiach, Alness Easter Fearn 15.1 miles View
Bealach na Ba near Kishorn Applecross 14 miles View
C1004 Tain Portmahomack View
C1008 Kildary Junction Hill of Fearn 4.7 miles View
C1012 Alness Tain 11.1 miles View
C1016 Alness Achandunie 2.2 miles View
C1027 Munlochy Culbokie 5.6 miles View
C1031 Belmaduthy Raddery 4.5 miles View
C1035 Fortrose / Avoch Killen 5.2 miles View
C1039 North Kessock Garguston 6.2 miles View
C1043 Marybank Scardroy 18.9 miles View
C1059 Kildary Tain 4 miles View
C1063 Invergordon Badachonacher 3 miles View
C1067 Dundonnell Badrallach 7.8 miles View
C1071 Dingwall Strathpeffer 4.8 miles View
C1075 Laide Mellon Udrigle 3.5 miles View
C1079 Aultbea Mellon Charles 3.7 miles View
C1083 Torridon Diabaig 9 miles View
C1087 Kishorn Toscaig 16 miles View
C1091 Shieldaig Applecross 23.8 miles View
C1096 Lochcarron Strome Castle 3.4 miles View
C1099 Shieldaig Pier Shieldaig Bypass 0.9 miles View
C1136 Ardgay Strath Oykel 14.3 miles View
C1138 Ardgay Baldownie Bridge 7.2 miles View
C1140 Ardgay Baldownie Bridge 7.2 miles View
C116 Sraig Sheamus (James Street) Rathad Shanndabhaig (Sandwick Road) 0.9 miles View
C117 Rathad Sanndabhaigh (Sandwick Road) Rathad Mhic Anndra (Anderson Road) 0.3 miles View
C118 Sraid Chrombail (Cromwell Street) Rathad Pheirseabhail (Percival Road) 0.8 miles View
C1206 Academy Street Knockbreck Road 0.4 miles View
C1207 Manse Road Tain Bypass 0.4 miles View
C1208 Knockbreak Road cul-de-sac 0.4 miles View
C1209 High Street Ankerville Street 0.2 miles View
C1210 Inner Invergordon Bypass Saltburn Road 0.8 miles View
C1211 High Street Hugh Miller Street 0.1 miles View
C1212 High Street Academy Road 0.1 miles View
C1213 Dingwall Old Evanton Road 1 mile View
C1214 Greenhill Street Kinnardie Brae 0.7 miles View
C1215 Greenhill Street Kinnardie Brae 0.7 miles View
C1216 Newton Road Tulloch Street 0.2 miles View
C1217 Rosemarkie Road Ness Road East 0.6 miles View
C1218 Rosemarkie Ness Road, Fortrose 0.9 miles View
C1221 Erbusaig Plockton 4 miles View
C1222 Achmore Duirnish 7 miles View
C1223 Shiel Bridge Corran 20.2 miles View
C1224 Glenelg Glenelg - Kylerhea Ferry 2.1 miles View
C1232 Balmacara Kyle of Lochalsh 5.1 miles View
C30 Knock Garrabost 3.4 miles View
C31 Shulishader Sheshader 1.3 miles View
C32 Tunga (Tong) Aird Thunga (Aird Tong) 1.2 miles View
C33 Bac Bac 1.4 miles View
C34 MacAuley Road Rathad Sanndbhaig (Sandwick Road) 1.4 miles View
C35 Leurbost Acha Mor (Achmore) 3.2 miles View
C36 Liurbost Crosbost 3.7 miles View
C37 Keose School Keose 1.3 miles View
C38 Grabhair (Gravir) Cromore View
C39 Uig Mangurstadh (Mangester) 4.1 miles View
C40 Uig Aird Uig 2.2 miles View
C41 Great Bernera Bridge Kirkibost / Tobson 5.8 miles View
C42 Tolstachaolais Loch na Muline 1.6 miles View
C43 Carloway Dun Carloway 0.7 miles View
C45 Siabost (Shawbost) Siabost a Deas (South Shawbost) 1.5 miles View
C46 Bragar Labost 1.5 miles View
C47 Siadar Uarach (Lower Shader) Siadar Iarach (Upper Shader) 2 miles View
C49 Cross Skigersta 2.2 miles View
C50 Flesherin Broker 1.4 miles View
Mam Ratagan Shiel Bridge Glenelg 9 miles View
Moray Firth Tourist Route Inverness Mound Rock 80 miles View
NC500 Inverness Inverness 518 miles View
1 Dover Norwick View
Pictish Trail Inverness Dunrobin Castle, Golspie 145 miles View
T1 London Scrabster View
T101 Dingwall Ullapool 44.8 miles View
T99 Invergarry Kyle of Lochalsh View
Wester Ross Coastal Trail Gorstan Braemore Junction 158 miles View 

Key

Motorway
Primary Route
Non Primary Route
Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route



Ross-shire
JunctionsKinlochewe
RoadsA832 • A832/Black Isle • A833 (Black Isle) • A834 • A835 • A836 • A837 • A857 • A858 • A859 • A859 (Callanish - Barvas) • A862 • A866 • A87 • A88 (Inverness - Scrabster) • A890 • A896 • A9 • A9/Aviemore - Tore • A9/Easter Ross • B8010 • B8011 • B8012 • B8013 • B8014 • B8015 • B8021 • B8027 • B8039 (Muir of Ord) • B8056 • B8057 • B8059 • B8060 • B817 • B852 (Glen Moriston) • B855 (Loch Carron) • B856 • B857 (Lochcarron - Shieldaig) • B858 (Torridon) • B859 (Dingwall) • B859 (Wester Ross) • B862 (Black Isle) • B863 (Black Isle) • B864 (Struie Hill) • B865 (Portmahomack) • B866 (Balintore) • B895 • B895 (Stornoway - Portnaguran) • B896 (Barvas - Port of Ness) • B896 (Garynahine - Barvas) • B897 • B897 (Stornoway - Rodel) • B9160 • B9161 • B9162 • B9163 • B9165 • B9166 • B9169 • B9174 • B9175 • B9176 • Bealach na Ba • C1004 (Highland) • C1008 (Highland) • C1012 (Highland) • C1016 (Highland) • C1027 (Highland) • C1031 (Highland) • C1035 (Highland) • C1039 (Highland) • C1043 (Highland) • C1059 (Highland) • C1063 (Highland) • C1067 (Highland) • C1071 (Highland) • C1075 (Highland) • C1079 (Highland) • C1083 (Highland) • C1087 (Highland) • C1091 (Highland) • C1096 (Highland) • C1099 (Highland) • C1136 (Highland) • C1138 (Highland) • C1140 (Highland) • C116 (Eilean Siar) • C117 (Eilean Siar) • C118 (Eilean Siar) • C1206 (Highland) • C1207 (Highland) • C1208 (Highland) • C1209 (Highland) • C1210 (Highland) • C1211 (Highland) • C1212 (Highland) • C1213 (Highland) • C1214 (Highland) • C1215 (Highland) • C1216 (Highland) • C1217 (Highland) • C1218 (Highland) • C1221 (Highland) • C1222 (Highland) • C1223 (Highland) • C1224 (Highland) • C1232 (Highland) • C30 (Eilean Siar) • C31 (Eilean Siar) • C32 (Eilean Siar) • C33 (Eilean Siar) • C34 (Eilean Siar) • C35 (Eilean Siar) • C36 (Eilean Siar) • C37 (Eilean Siar) • C38 (Eilean Siar) • C39 (Eilean Siar) • C40 (Eilean Siar) • C41 (Eilean Siar) • C42 (Eilean Siar) • C43 (Eilean Siar) • C45 (Eilean Siar) • C46 (Eilean Siar) • C47 (Eilean Siar) • C49 (Eilean Siar) • C50 (Eilean Siar) • Mam Ratagan Pass • Moray Firth Tourist Route • NC500 • NCN1 • Pictish Trail • T1 (Britain) • T101 (Britain) • T99 (Britain) • Wester Ross Coastal Trail
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