The B9169 runs towards the west of the Black Isle. When approaching from the south, this road provides the final link in the informal Inverness bypass, which also uses the A833.
We start on the A862 in the industrial estates to the south of Muir of Ord and head slightly east of north to the A832. The route passes the home of the Black Isle Show, one of Scotland's largest agricultural shows, on this short section of road. The junction with the A832 is soon reached and is a staggered crossroads, as is that with the A835 3 miles up the road. Between the two junctions, the road passes through open fields, many of which have the scattered houses of Mulbuie tucked into corners, or set halfway back on rough tracks and driveways.
Beyond the A835 crossroads, the road crosses the former line of the B9162 and then continues to pass through unremarkable farmland, with scattered houses and small villages for another 2½ miles to the A9 junction. This too is staggered, and so we are off on the final stretch, through the larger village of Culbokie, with its housing estates, church, school and shops. Just out of the village, the road turns round to the left before turning back to the right again and slowly converging with the B9163. The terminal junction is a forked TOTSO, the B9169 continuing ahead, and becoming the B9163 towards Cromarty at the far end of the Black Isle.
This route wasn't classified in 1922, but a decade later the western end, from the then-A88 (now A862) to the A832 had become the B8039. In 1935, the A9 was extended north over the A88, pushing the B8039 out of zone, and so it was renumbered as the B9169. This number was chosen as the other roads in the area were largely renumbered from B86x to B916x; however the B869 remained in Zone 8, leaving the B9169 number free for use here. It is not clear when the route was extended to its current length, although it is shown in full by 1939.