|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Rubha nan Sasan (NG811916)|
|Distance:||8.4 miles (13.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8057 is the most northerly of the B-roads that wiggle along the Wester Ross Coast. The 1923 MoT map marks the road as little more than a track but it was obviously important enough to have gained Class II status by 1932, even though the road serves nowhere of importance today.
The road starts on the A832 in Poolewe. We run past the shops and hotel in the village, before a sharp left-hand bend turns us along the coast. The first mile or so is quite rugged, the road hugging the contours along a steeply sloping hillside with few houses, but as the contours relent, we find houses and villages on our journey north.
Across the water of Loch Ewe are the villages of Aultbea and Mellon Charles, seemingly more densely populated and yet strung along an unclassified road. Our own road runs through a scattering of villages, before finally reaching a farm north of Cove and an unclassified road continues ahead into a car park, from where paths lead up to WW2 gun emplacements on the hill, or down to the rocky bay beneath. On a clear day, the view across the Minch may show the Isle of Lewis on the horizon. I don't know, it was too hazy when I was there!
On the way back, you may wish to pause in one of the small car parks to explore the small harbours, bays, and wide beaches that you have passed along the road. They are worth stopping at on a fine sunny day, but perhaps not when it's blowing a gale and raining!