Scotch Corner

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Scotch Corner
Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire
Coordinates: 54°26′33″N 1°40′08″W / 54.4426°N 1.6690°W / 54.4426; -1.6690
Roads at
A1 – London, Edinburgh
A66 – Penrith
A6108 – Ripon
Type: Grade-separated roundabout
Maintained by: Highways England
Map showing the location of Scotch Corner in northern England

Scotch Corner is an important junction of the A1 and A66 trunk roads near Richmond in North Yorkshire, England (grid reference NZ214053). One of the best-known junctions in the country – it has been described as "the modern gateway to Cumbria, the North East and Scotland"[1] – it is a primary destination signed from as far away as the M6 motorway. The junction's name is derived from the fact that it is the point of divergence for traffic coming from London, the East Midlands, and further south in Yorkshire and wishing to continue either to Edinburgh and eastern Scotland (along the A1) or to Glasgow and western Scotland (by taking the A66).


The A1 leads north towards North East England and Scotland, and south towards London. The A66 leads north west towards Penrith and the M6 motorway. There are also two other exits from the junction: the A6108 towards the Yorkshire Dales and Richmond and a minor road to Middleton Tyas and Croft-on-Tees.


The name originates from being the junction where travellers to eastern Scotland (via A1 and/or A68) are separated from travellers to western Scotland (via A66 and M6 motorway/ A74(M)/M74).


The Scotch Corner Hotel.

The route now called the A66 was once 'the winter road' from Scotch Corner to Glasgow, by way of Carlisle. 'The summer road' runs from Barnard Castle, along Teesdale to Alston, Cumbria, then through Brampton, Carlisle, Cumbria to Gretna, Scotland. Particularly for cattle droving, the shorter route was advantageous when passable. The Summer Road is one of the most spectacular routes in England. The summer road follows what is now the B6278, B6277, and A689.

The Romans were responsible for building the first roads to meet at this point and the site of the original junction is just a few hundred yards away from the modern day intersection. In AD 71 the Romans took control of the North when they defeated the Brigantes, a Northern Celtic tribe at the Battle of Scotch Corner.[1]

The location remained significant as a staging post with an inn, subsequently becoming a roadhouse in the early days of motorised travel. The £8 million Scotch Corner diversion opened in 1971, which created a grade separated junction on the A1.


The front entrance of Moto Hospitality, Scotch Corner.

Scotch Corner is notable for the large Scotch Corner Hotel established in 1939, built on the site of a mid-16th century inn and now operated by Holiday Inn. It recently underwent a £3 million refurbishment.[2] It is also marked by a Moto Hospitality service station built in 1980 with an attached Travelodge motel.[3][4] The Moto offers the usual services such as Costa Coffee, Marks & Spencer, Burger King. W H Smith,an Esso petrol station[5] and an electric vehicle charging station[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Jethro Tull refer to the Scotch Corner in the title track of their 1976 Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! album.

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