|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||7.4 miles (11.9 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8009 runs along the southern shore of Loch Harport, serving the communities of Mingnish on Skye. To most visitors, the most important feature along its length is the Talisker Distillery at Carbost; however, it is also a very picturesque route. The road is marked on the 1923 MoT map as little more than a track as far as Fernilea, then non-existent beyond; however, the whole road had gained Class II status by 1932.
Leaving the A863, the road hugs the shoreline to Carbost, the only village with a speed limit along the road, and then climbs up a pair of hairpins behind the distillery. Another 4 miles brings us to the small harbour at Portnalong, the end of the road's mainline. However, the final junction is also a spur of the B8009, running southwest for about a mile to a junction with two unclassified roads. There seems to be no logic as to why some rather than all or none of this road has been made part of the B8009. It does, however, provide some fine views across Loch Bracadale to Macleod's Tables on Duirinish.