|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||8.9 miles (14.3 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8056 is one of the very picturesque dead-end coastal roads that are found in Wester Ross.
This road starts in a narrow glen south of Gairloch and heads east, immediately crossing an old stone-arch bridge, before reaching the shore at Shieldaig. From here on, the sea is almost always in sight as we progress slowly along the road, weaving in and out, waiting patiently in the passing places, and wishing that that lazy sheep would rise from its slumber and vacate the tarmac!
The villages along the road are scattered. After Shieldaig comes Badachro, Port Henderson, Opinan, South Erradale and finally Redpoint but it is difficult to tell where one finishes and the next one starts. Eventually, after 9 or so very scenic miles, we reach the large viewpoint car park above Redpoint. The road continues to another car park, where footpaths run out to the actual headland, and on down the coast to Torridon.
As you drive back to the A832 (a necessity, I'm afraid, if you wish to retain ownership of your car), you will be greeted with some fantastic views across the low lying land to the mountains of Torridon. It is also worth taking some of the side roads, which lead down to little bays and harbours, with views across to Gairloch.
The 1923 MoT map shows this road as little more than a track but it was important enough to merit Class II status, gaining its number by 1932.
Old maps suggest that there was a short spur on this road, first shown in the 1932 ten-mile map, and still marked in the 1960s. The road is largely still there, running from Loch Bad na h'Achlaise down to the jetties in the cove, just to the west of Badachro. Obviously the scale of maps makes it difficult to be certain of the exact end point, but it appears that the route either ended at the parking area above Dry Island, or followed a driveway down to one of the houses on the shore.