|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||30.3 miles (48.8 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8024 is a long single-track road serving the west coast of southern Knapdale. It is one of those roads which is not so rare in the Scottish Highlands, in that it takes 30-odd miles to do what the main road (in this case the A83) accomplishes in a mere seven! All of this is done as a meandering, undulating single-track road with light traffic. Our road was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.
At its northern end the road starts at a junction with the A83 close to the village of Inverneill, then heads in a south-westerly direction, quickly crossing the Inverneil Burn at Achabraid and subsequently following a tributary, the Allt nan Nathiar, steeply up a forested glen to the small Loch Arail, which lies just across the watershed. This is the highest point of the whole route, and the road then steadily descends through another forested glen to the first real settlement at Achahoish.
At Achahoish, a side road heads off right, around the north shore of Loch Caolisport, with a track continuing to the unclassified road at Kilmory, which leads north back to the B8025 many miles away near the Crinan Canal. The B8024, meanwhile, continues south-west, following the southern shore of Loch Caolisport. Along the way, it passes through Clachbreck, Ormsary, and Kilmaluaig, although none of these is any more than a loose collection of houses scattered along the winding road.
In places the road runs very close to the shore, with good views across the loch; in others it climbs steeply inland over low hills, before quickly returning to the the water's edge, or at least close to it. Eventually, after about 16 miles, the road reaches Kilberry. In reality, the 'village' is no bigger or more important than any other along this road; it is simply that it lies roughly half way between the two ends, so is seen as the best place to sign!
A few miles further on, after skirting the forest over some more short, steep hills, the road passes through a seemingly nameless settlement at the head of Loch Stornoway. The shore is finally reached again at Dunmore, on the northern shore of West Loch Tarbert. It is now heading north-east, along a wooded shoreline, with sharp bends and blind summits before once more diverting inland at Torinturk, over a steep hill and then out of the trees onto open moorland.
We go back into the trees and downhill to the shore once more, this time right at the head of West Loch Tarbert. At the head of the loch, a small unclassified road leads off to the right to give access to the village of Tarbert but the B8024 itself continues onwards to end at a second junction with the A83 just south of the Stonefield Castle Hotel.