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A83 road

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Northeast end:  Tarbet (NN319044)
Length  158.2 km
Southwest end:  Campbeltown (NR720204)
A83 road
Primary destinations:  Glasgow, Inveraray, Lochgilphead, Campbeltown

The A83 is a major road in the south of Argyll and Bute, Scottish Highlands, running from Tarbet, on the western shore of Loch Lomond, where it splits from the A82, to Campbeltown at the southern end of the Kintyre peninsula.


Map of A83, United Kingdom


From Tarbet the A83 runs west across the watershed between Loch Lomond and Loch Long to Arrochar near the head of Loch Long. It then goes round the head of the loch, and along the western shore for a short distance, before turning NW up Glen Croe to the Rest & be thankful viewpoint picnic area in Cowal (56°13′36″N 4°51′25″W), at the pass through the Arrochar Alps from the shore of Loch Long to that of Loch Fyne. It was near this spot that an RAF Tornado crashed on 2 July 2009.

REST & BE THANKFUL are the words inscribed on a stone near the junction of the A83 and the B828, placed there by soldiers who built the original military road in 1753, now referred to as the Drovers' road. The original stone fell into ruin and was replaced by a commemorative stone at the same site.

The section is so named as the climb out of Glen Croe is so long and steep at the end that it was traditional for travellers to rest at the top, and be thankful for having reached the highest point. The current road no longer keeps to the floor of Glen Croe but steadily climbs across the southern slopes of The Cobbler, on the north side of the Glen, to the highest point of the pass. The westward descent to Loch Fyne is through Glen Kinglas. At Cairndow the A815, the main road down the Cowal peninsula , south to Dunoon and finally Toward at the A815 roads end, both on the Firth of Clyde.

On reaching the shore of Loch Fyne, the main road follows the eastern shore of the loch northwards to its head and then goes south west along the western shore through Inveraray and then on to Lochgilphead and Ardrishaig, where it crosses the entrance to the Crinan Canal.

From Ardrishaig the road continues south to Tarbert, where it crosses over to the western shore of the Kintyre peninsula. In the final section it passes through the villages of Whitehouse, Clachan, Tayinloan, Muasdale and Bellochantuy before finally crossing back to the east of the peninsula, on the Firth of Clyde coast, as it reaches Campbeltown.


The stretch south of the Rest & be thankful junction has been closed on a number of occasions due to landslides, causing significant disruption to local traffic. The road was closed here due to a 400 tonne landslide on 28 October 2007. The road was partially reopened on Monday 10 November. A 1,070 tonne landslide closed the road around noon on 8 September 2009. The road reopened at 15.00 on 10 September 2009. A landslip on 1 December 2011 closed the road for 24 hours, another closed the road from 22 February 2012, and an even more substantial landslip in August 2012 resulted in further major delays and closures. On the 3 October 2013, the road was reopened at 17.30, had been closed between the A815 and the B828. Contractor Bear Scotland said that from 21:00 they would continue to work on some sections of the A83, so drivers may experience slight delays during the night. On 30 December 2015, Storm Frank caused a 200 tonne landslide here; 2 cars were caught up in the debris but no one was harmed. The road reopened the following afternoon.


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