|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Nine Mile Burn (NT183581)|
|Distance:||3.5 miles (5.6 km)|
|Meets:||A701, B6372, A702|
|Route outline (key)|
The A766 (renumbered from the B706 in the early 1930s) traverses approximately 3½ miles of southern Scotland from Penicuik to near Nine Mile Burn in Midlothian. It is predominately a two-lane undivided (S2) roadway running through level terrain, passing from the town into open country along its length.
Penicuik - Nine Mile Burn
The eastern terminus of the A766 is at a T-intersection with the A701 multiplex in the town of Penicuik. From this point the road heads in a westerly direction as a two-lane (S2) road through the outskirts of the town, with a 30 mph speed limit. Approximately ½ mile later, after passing an intersection with the B6372, the A766 leaves Penicuik and goes to NSL. It continues southwest through scenic rural countryside.
3 miles further west, this short route arrives at its western terminus, an unsignalized, acute-angled T-intersection with the A702. The A766 gives way to the primary A702. A fine view of the Pentland Hills is available from this point. The village of Nine Mile Burn is nearby to the southwest, further along the A702.
The A766 is a utilitarian road that connects two primary access routes to Edinburgh from the south, the A701 and A702. Other than serving this link function it offers no real motoring experiences. Although not a significant tourist route, it runs through pretty rural territory, and allows some good views of the Pentland Hills to the west.
Original Author(s): U S 29 Bob