Highlands & Islands

Stromeferry bypass: Landslide closes A890 in West Highlands

A West Highland road closed for several months last December has been shut again after a landslide on Christmas Day.

The A890's closure at Stromeferry has led to a diversion for drivers of almost 150 miles.

Scotland's Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said workers were clearing the site as a matter of urgency.

In December last year the Lochcarron to Kyle road was closed when 100 tonnes of rock came down.

Mr Wheelhouse urged people to stay safe and plan their journey carefully.

He said: "The picture across Scotland seems to be improving and that is all down to the hard efforts of workers involved in the clean-up operation.

"I visited Stonehaven and Brechin this week to thank those giving up their time to deal with the effects of the recent bad weather and I was greatly encouraged by the progress being made with the recovery.

"It was truly heartening to see great community spirit and resilience from the community in Stonehaven who I understand will go ahead with plans for the local Hogmanay celebrations in spite of recent setbacks."

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