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UK road A83.PNG
A83 road
Length (miles) 97.8
Length (km) 157.4
Direction Northeast to southwest
Start Tarbet (NN319044)
End Campbeltown (NR720204)
Roads joined UK road A82.PNG A82 road (NN319044)
UK road A814.PNG A814 road (NN297043)
UK road A815.PNG A815 road (NN190099)
UK road A816.PNG A816 road (NR856880)
UK road A819.PNG A819 road (NN095086)


The A83 is a major road in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, 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. It is the latter part of the principal route from Glasgow to the towns of southern Argyll. This spot was the site of an RAF Tornado Crash on July 02, 2009. [1]

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Route

View south along the A83 road over Loch Fyne.

From Tarbet it proceeds 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, down the western shore for a short distance, before leading westward, up Glen Croe to the Rest-and-be-Thankful viewpoint picnic area, before the pass through the Arrochar Alps from the shore of Loch Long to that of Loch Fyne.

Rest-and-be-Thankful are the words which are located on a stone near the junction of the A83 and the B828, placed there by soldiers who built the original Military road in 1753, which is 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 to rest at the top, and be thankful that you had got to 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 descent to westward Loch Fyne is through Glen Kinglas, and in this section the main road to Dunoon and the Cowal peninsula leaves to the south.

On reaching the shore of Loch Fyne, the main road follows the east shore of the loch northwards to its head and then goes south west down 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 travels south on to Tarbert, where it crosses over onto the western shore of Kintyre. In the final section it passes through the villages of Kennacraig and Tayinloan before finally crossing back to the east, Firth of Clyde coast just as it arrives in Campbeltown.

Landslides

The Rest and Be Thankful stretch has been closed on a number of occasions due to landslides, causing significant disruption to local traffic. The road was closed at this location due to a 400-ton landslide on October 28, 2007.[2] The road was partially reopened on Monday 10 November.[3]. A 1,070 tonne landslide closed the road around noon on September 8th, 2009.[4] The road reopened at 15.00 on September 10th, 2009.[5]

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Rest-and-be-Thankful : (56°11′54″N 4°44′14″W / 56.19833°N 4.73722°W / 56.19833; -4.73722)

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