|From:||Glenurquhart Road (NH660448)|
|To:||Ness Bridge (NH663451)|
|Via:||Ardross Street, Ness Walk|
|Distance:||0.3 miles (0.5 km)|
|Met (1964):||A82, A9|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8038 was a short link road on the left bank of the River Ness in Inverness. It was originally unclassified but presumably gained its number in the later 1920s, and remained as such until at least 1988, when it is still marked on the OS Landranger map.
The road served little purpose with today's eyes, as it formed two sides of a triangle on the opposite bank of the river to Inverness town centre, passing the Cathedral along the way. However, the direct route from end to end involved negotiating what even today is a busy junction, and was at one time where the A82 terminated on the A9. As such, the B8038 may well have been a useful route for westbound traffic from the A9 to the A82, and possibly centre-bound traffic too, even with two right turns.
Today this route is, rightly, unclassified as it runs past the Northern Meeting Park down to the Cathedral on the river bank and then turns north along the river to the Ness Bridge. The section alongside the river is one-way southbound and traffic is dissuaded from using it.