Taigh an Droma
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Tyndrum is a village and junction where the A82 and A85 split after their multiplex north from Crianlarich. Despite a slightly smaller population and perhaps less of a village-feel, Tyndrum is the stopping place of choice for many heading north on either route. The Green Welly is well known as a mini services, and with other shops, hotels and cafes, Tyndrum offers plenty for the traveller to stop for. There is more to Tyndrum than just a service stop, however. It lies on the West Highland Way long distance path, has two stations - one for the Oban and one for the Fort William line, and also a history which includes Gold mines and military roads.
Lying just outside the village to the north, and sometimes referred to as 'Milton', the junction where the A85 turns west for Oban, whilst the A82 continues north to Glen Coe and Fort William is a T junction with a slip road for A82 South to A85 traffic. Very little traffic turns between the A85 and the A82 North, partly because they both vaguely head in the same direction, albeit being a very long way round. Only traffic using the A819 is likely to make this movement.
The junction that exists today is not, however, the original one. The old line of the A85 lies in the bog a few yards to the south of the existing line, with a more pronounced fork off the A82, although the junction here was likely to only have been in use for a few years at most in the 1930s. Prior to that, the junction was in the village itself, with the A82 originally following what is now the West Highland Way up the side road alongside the river between the shop and the Green Welly. This is the old military road built by Major Caulfeild in the 1750s, and in use as the main road north until the early 1930s.
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