The A81 road is a trunk road in Scotland, United Kingdom. It runs from Glasgow to a total of 30 miles; the Collins 2012 Collins Big Road Atlas shows the A81 as one of the five most dangerous roads in Scotland based on serious and fatal accidents between 2007 and 2009 in proportion to traffic
The A847 road is one of the two principal roads of Islay in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of mainland Scotland. It connects Bridgend, at a junction with the A846 road, with Portnahaven at the southern end of the Rinns of Islay peninsula, it is some 14 1⁄2 miles long. North to South Bridgend Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Nerabus Easter Ellister Portnahaven
Feolin is a slipway on the west coast of Jura. MV Eilean Dhiura provides a vehicle and passenger ferry service from Port Askaig on Islay across the Sound of Islay, the only regular access to the island; the road on both islands has the designation A846. Feolin Study Centre
Port Askaig is a port village on the east coast of the island of Islay, in Scotland. Port Askaig has a hotel, a petrol station and shop next to the port but has few households. In 2014, it was rated one of the most attractive postcode areas to live in Scotland. Port Askaig is the name of a Scotch whisky range, bottled for Speciality Drinks Ltd; the producing distillery is not identified. Port Askaig serves as the main port of Islay, sharing passenger services to the Scottish mainland with Port Ellen, it has a regular service to Feolin, Jura across the Sound of Islay, in the summer there is a weekly service via Colonsay to Oban. Port Askaig is the base of the Islay RNLI lifeboat, called out ten to twelve times a year. Between 2006 and 2009 Port Askaig was the site of a £13.7 million civil engineering project. The work included a new linkspan and other berthing facilities for mainland ferries, new facilities for the Jura ferry, new car parks and waiting rooms; the redeveloped port was re-opened on 10 September 2009 by the Princess Royal.
Port Askaig is situated at the northern end of the Islay section of the A846, which continues south-west to Bowmore, south-east to Port Ellen and east to Ardbeg. Port Askaig is memorialised in the classic 6/8 bagpipe pipe march Leaving Port Askaig. Canmore - Islay, Port Askaig, General site record Canmore - Port Askaig, Islay site record Canmore - Islay, Port Askaig, Dunlossit House site record
The A836 is a major road within the Highland area of Scotland. It is 122 miles long and runs from Ross and Cromarty to Caithness, with the majority of its length in Sutherland. At 58.648°N where it passes through East Mey, it is the northernmost A-class road in mainland Great Britain. In 1922, the route was designated from Bonar Bridge to Tongue. By 1935 this had been extended east to John o'Groats. Prior to the opening of the Dornoch Firth Bridge in 1991, the section southeast of Bonar Bridge was part of the A9, the B9176 from Ardchronie to its then-terminus at Alness was designated as A836; the opening of the bridge removed a 26-mile detour around the firth. As it branches from the A9 near Tain it is a Primary route and runs north through Bonar Bridge and Lairg this is where it changes from a primary route to a A-classed road. At Tongue the road turns east, following the north coast, passing through Thurso, ending at John o' Groats, where it meets the A99; the A836 passes through some of the loneliest and most sparsely populated parts of Britain, despite having an'A' classification, is a single track road in many places.
It is a hazardous route in winter owing to the narrow road width, sharp gradients and turns, is not a recommended route for goods and livestock vehicles, unless necessary. The North Coast 500 scenic route runs along part of the A836. SABRE - A836
Roads in the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has a network of roads, of varied quality and capacity, totalling about 262,300 miles. Road distances are shown in miles or yards and UK speed limits are indicated in miles per hour or by the use of the national speed limit symbol; some vehicle categories have various lower maximum limits enforced by speed limiters. Enforcement of UK road speed limits uses speed guns, automated in-vehicle systems and automated roadside traffic cameras. A unified numbering system is in place for Great Britain, whilst in Northern Ireland, there is no available explanation for the allocation of road numbers; the earliest engineered roads were built during the British Iron Age. The road network was expanded during the Roman occupation; some of these survive and others were lost. New roads were added from the 17th century onwards. Whilst control has been transferred from local to central bodies and back again, current management and development of the road network is shared between local authorities, the devolved administrations of Scotland and Northern Ireland and Highways England.
Certain aspects of the legal framework remain under the competence of the United Kingdom parliament. Although some roads have much older origins, the network was subject to major development from the 1950s to the mid-1990s. From construction of roads has become controversial with direct action campaigns by environmentalists in opposition; the UK has a road network totalling about 262,300 miles of paved roads—246,500 miles in Great Britain and 15,800 miles in Northern Ireland. Responsibility for the road network differs between non trunk routes. Trunk roads, which are the most important roads, are administered by Highways England in England, Transport Scotland in Scotland, the North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent, South Wales Trunk Road Agent in Wales. England's 6,500 miles of trunk roads account for 50 % of lorry travel. Scotland has accounting for 35 % of all road journeys and over 50 % of lorry movements. Wales has 1,000 miles of trunk roads. In London, Transport for London is responsible for all trunk roads and other major roads, which are part of the Transport for London Road Network.
All other roads are the responsibility of unitary authority. In Northern Ireland, the Roads Service Northern Ireland is responsible for all 5,592 miles roads; the pan-British total is 15,260 miles. Whilst they are trunk roads, several motorways are the responsibility of local authorities, for example the M275. Since 2008, location marker posts have appeared on motorways and major A roads in England, situated at intervals of 500 metres; these repeat the information given on the co-sited surveyors' marker post which, since the 1960s, have reported distances on such roads in kilometres from a datum—usually the start of the road, or the planned start-point of the road. Numbered roads in the UK are signed as M, A, or B roads, as well as various categories of more minor roads: for internal purposes, local authorities may use C, D and U; each road is given a number, combined with the prefix, for example M40, A40 and B1110, although their informal or traditional names may still be used or heard occasionally: for instance, the Great North Road and the Great Cambridge Road.
These numbers follow a zonal system. There is no available explanation for the allocation of road numbers in Northern Ireland; the majority of the major inter-urban routes are motorways, are designed to carry long distance traffic. The next category is the A roads. A primary route is defined as:...a route, not being a route comprising any part of a motorway, in respect of which the Secretary of State — in the case of a trunk road is of the opinion, in any other case after consultation with the traffic authority for the road comprised in the route is of the opinion, that it provides the most satisfactory route for through traffic between places of traffic importance A new standard was set in April 2015 to formally designate certain high-quality routes as Expressways, but whether this will result in any existing road classifications changing is unclear. Primary destinations are cities and large towns, to which, as a result of their size, a high volume of traffic is expected to go. However, in rural areas, smaller towns or villages may be given primary status if located at junctions of significant roads: for example, Llangurig in Wales and Crianlarich in Scotland.
As a further example, Scotch Corner in northern England is not a village—merely a hotel and a few other buildings—yet has the status of a primary destination due to its location at the interchange of the A1 and A66 roads. For similar reasons, certain airports, sea ports and tunnels have been designated as primary destinations; the status of both primary destinations and roads is maintained by the Department for Transport in combination with the Highways Agency in England and Wales and the Scottish Government in Scotland. The concept of primary roads was introduced in the 1960s as part of a national reclassification of roads. Regional destinations are used on long distance routes throughout the country alongside primary destinations, they are displayed on signs in capitals to dis
The A85 is a major road in Scotland. It runs east from Oban along the south bank of Loch Etive, through Lochawe and Tyndrum, Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Crieff before passing through Perth, where it crosses the River Tay via Perth Bridge, its name between the latter two locations is the Crieff Road. It multiplexes with the A90 to the Swallow Roundabout before diverging to follow the Invergowrie Bypass, Riverside Avenue and Riverside Drive before terminating in Dundee city centre; the A90 road from Perth to Dundee was numbered A85. The Perth-Dundee stretch was part of the Euroroute system, of route E120 which ran in a circular route between Inverness, Aberdeen and Perth. Between Tyndrum and Crianlarich the road multiplexes with the A82, where it merges with the main north-south road. Parts follow an old military road; some statistics seem to show that the stretch of the A85 between Oban and Tyndrum is among the ten most dangerous roads in Scotland. Media related to A85 road at Wikimedia Commons