|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Whiteleys (S) (NX069573)|
|Distance:||14.5 miles (23.3 km)|
|Meets:||A77, B7077, B7084, B7042, B7065, B7041|
|Route outline (key)|
The A716 runs along the east coast of the Rhins of Galloway.
Starting a couple of miles south of Stranraer, at the point where the Portpatrick-bound A77 TOTSOs right, the A716 foolows a south-south-easterly course overall. After meeting the B7077 coming in from Lochans to the right (and then leaving again to the left after half a mile at Kildrochet House), the road goes on to pass Stoneykirk before meeting the B7084 at Sandmill Bridge. The road bears to the right at this point and for the remaining 10 miles or so of our journey we will have the sea (Luce Bay) to our left, not always visible but never very far away.
There are some glimpses of the shore over the next couple of miles as we pass Sandhead (the road no longer goes through the village itself), before the road moves a little further away from the coast for a short section. After coming out of a cutting the sea becomes visible once more and for over a mile the road runs just above the beach. After Ardwell the coast curves off to the left whilst the A716 continues ahead but the shore and our road come together again by a caravan site and the coast is now followed all the way to Drummore. The route ends at a T-junction in the middle of the village, with the left turn an unclassified road leading to the harbour while right is the B7041 which continues further south.
In 1922, the A716 started about a mile further south than it does now, at its current (southern) junction with the B7077, which at that time was the A715. When the A715 was rerouted in the mid-1920s, the A716 was extended back to its current starting-point.