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|Distance:||4.7 miles (7.6 km)|
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The B801 is the north-westernmost B-road in mainland Scotland,
Starting on the A838 at Rhiconich, between Laxford Bridge and Durness in the north west corner of Sutherland, the B801 follows the northern shore of Loch Inchard through Badcall to the small fishing port of Kinlochbervie. The road is almost S2 throughout, thanks to EU funding to provide a better link to the port for lorries to use. Two small sections of single-track road remain, the first around a rocky outcrop not far from the A838 junction, and the second a little over halfway along past a small quarry. The final descent into Kinlochbervie is an impressive straight, before the road swings into the village, sweeping bends leading to the terminus outside the fish market. The original end of the road was on the quay on Loch Clash, turning right by the church. As with many of the roads in the area, this route is a stunning drive, with some spectacular views of loch, sea and mountain.
As the original B801 was in Airdrie, Glasgow, this road was unclassified in 1922. It is not marked on any map up to and including the 1956 Ten Mile, but is on the Seventh Series map, suggesting its classification came in the late 1950s or early 1960s. However, as it is also absent from the 1964 Ten Mile map, this route may have been repeatedly missed, and actually classified somewhat earlier.