|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||North of Stromness (HY260108)|
|To:||Birsay Bay (HY253278)|
|Distance:||11.9 miles (19.2 km)|
|Meets:||A965, B9056, B9055, B9057, A986, B9056, A966|
|Route outline (key)|
The A967 serves the western side of Orkney's Mainland, running from Stromness in the south up to Birsay in the north, albeit not actually reaching either place! It is a scenic drive, but as it misses the actual coastline, the B9056 is more dramatic.
The road begins just outside Stromness at a junction with the A965 and heads north through Sandwick Parish. Once again with Orkney we pass numerous small settlements lining the western shores of Loch of Stenness and Loch of Harray, although none so notable as to be listed here until we reach the junction with the A986 several miles away. The first few miles are quite bendy, curving around Redland Hill and then another bend where the B9056 turns off to the left. About a mile later the B9055 crosses the A967. Both lead west, heading towards the world-famous neolithic village of Skara Brae, with the B9055 also running east to the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maes Howe, between them some of the most important Neolithic monuments in the world.
After just over a mile, the B9057 also crosses our road but then we have a clear run on a series of long straights to the A986 junction at Twatt. This unfortunately named village is now famous across the world, thanks to the internet, but "Twatt" is actually a fairly common surname in Orkney. The A986 joins from the right, but the junction is set up as a TOTSO, with priority from the A986 onto the northern section of the A967.
Beyond Twatt, we pass along next to the Loch of Boardhouse, skirting the bottom of Ravie Hill, and through the parish of Birsay. The road turns north, meeting the other end of the B9056 and then kinks over a stream at the Mill of Boardhouse. Just north of the bridge, we meet the A966 where the A967 terminates, just short of the village centre of Birsay, albeit little more than a slightly denser area of settlement around the ruinous Bishop's Palace, shop and parish church.