|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||23.9 miles (38.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8007 runs along the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, making it the westernmost classified road on the British mainland. The road was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.
Leaving the A861 at Salan the road starts out as S2 running through the village, but very quickly one lane just disappears into the foliage and we become a single-track road. At this point it is good quality single-track, reasonably wide with plentiful passing places, but it does gradually get narrower as we run through the forest on the shores of Loch Sunart. This section feels quite enclosed with trees and rocks to the right and more trees on the left concealing views across the loch to Morvern.
We briefly emerge from the trees to get a good view across to Carna before we begin the run down to Laga and Glenborrodale. Around here some of the road has been widened to S2 standard, with many signs promoting the that the European Union has part funded the project. The work to widen the road is still ongoing. After Glenborrodale, the trees start to open out a little and the road starts to climb.
Shortly after passing Ardslingnish we arrive at a popular viewing point with views over to Mull in the distance. Here the nature of the road changes completely. From being closed in woodland running along the shore, we are now in open countryside as we run around the back of Beinn nan Losgann, a mountain that runs down to the sea making it completely impossible for the road to continue along its course on the coast.
The road now has good sightlines and, although slightly narrower than before, better progress can be made due to the improved visibility. We climb up and go around the back of the mountain, and after the junction with the road down to Kilmory on the north coast, we begin our descent into Kilchoan.
Kilchoan is a tiny settlement by normal standards but sizeable for the standards of the area, with shops, hotels, restaurants and a tourist information centre. A spur of the B8007 heads off down to the shore here to Mingary Pier, where you can catch the ferry over to Tobermory on Mull. The spur seems to date to the same time as the rest of the B8007; logically it should have had its own number to begin with but if it did it is not known.
Our journey continues with a TOTSO right to climb up the hill as we strike out north west. The road continues to be quite open and unfenced at this point as we travel over sand-dune-type landscape, then the B8007 classification ends on the near side of Achosnich as the road splits. The road continues ahead to Portuairk and the left fork to the Point of Ardnamurchan.
Few travel this far on the B8007 just to stop here. If we turn left we continue along an unclassified road, although of exactly the same standard as the B8007 just before, over more dunes to the entrance to the lighthouse visitor centre. Automatic traffic lights control traffic into and out of the final few hundred yards up to the lighthouse and we've arrived at the most westerly point in the UK mainland.
We've travelled 22.5 miles, the vast majority of it on single-track road. For visitors to the lighthouse, the only way back is to turn around and follow the B8007 all the way back to its junction with the A861; such is the isolation of Ardnamurchan that this is the only way in and out.