A890 Balnacra to Lair Improvement

Scheme outline

Off-line widening of single-track road through Balnacra and Achnashellach to a 6m-wide two-lane carriageway.

Three possible routes were considered: the Red route stays to the north of the railway, and the Green and Blue routes both involve new crossings at the eastern end.

The final preferred route is based on the Red proposal.

In preparation
Bypass or realignment
for use by all traffic
Highway authority
Local authority


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20 December 2009

Proposals are on display at Highland Council Service Point in Lochcarron.

18 August 2010

Highland Council has recently applied for a European Regional Development Fund grant to improve the section of the A890 from Strathcarron junction to Balnacra level crossing.

30 April 2011

Improvement of the section from Strathcarron to Balnacra is due to start in September 2011, following Highland Council's successful bid for £0.5m of European funding.

10 January 2017

Planning application 16/04431/FUL has been submitted, giving authority to construct the Red route.

More information


With thanks to Toby Speight and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.