|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||28.8 miles (46.3 km)|
|Meets:||A76, A702, B7000, A713|
|Old route now:||A702|
|Route outline (key)|
The B729 is a long B-road in southern Scotland.
It starts on the A76 at Holywood, to the north of Dumfries. It originally started further south on the northern side of the New Bridge and was moved here when the A76 was rerouted to cross the river slightly further east.
The B729 heads west, soon reaching its original line, before moving away from the river (which was never in view in any case). It climbs up into the hills before descending into Dunscore, which is in a tributary valley. The road reaches a mini-roundabout by the war memorial and turns right to continue upstream along the valley of the Cairn Water. It goes through Wallaceton and skirts the grounds of Maxwelton House before reaching Kirkland and a T-junction on the A702. It turns left and multiplexes along the A-road for over two miles into Moniaive. Originally, however, the other road was the B730 and so it was the B729 that was dominant.
In Moniaive the A702 bends to the left to cross the stream before narrowing for a short distance. As it widens, the original priorities can be seen as the A702 TOTSOs left and the B729 continues ahead. It heads west out of town along a tributary valley before climbing for a few miles and eventually entering a wood, which takes the road to its summit. The road then narrows and begins to descend.
The road heads west across open moorland for a couple of miles. It crosses a few streams but does not follow any until it passes through another forest and skirts a small reservoir. It then reaches a stream valley and follows this downstream, crossing the stream and the Southern Upland Way before crossing the Water of Ken to enter another forest. The road widens and meets the B7000 before running along the shore of Kendoon Loch, another reservoir. As the B729 continues the loch narrows into a river, the Water of Deugh, which is followed for the remainder of the road. After a couple of miles the road reaches a T-junction opposite a war memorial. This is the original end of the road on the A713. However, that road has been straightened leaving this loop behind; the B729 therefore splits and runs in both directions to end on the current route of the A713.