|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Balallan (Baile Ailean) (NB267201)|
|To:||Lemreway (Leumrabhagh) (NB380119)|
|Distance:||13.7 miles (22 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8060 links the A859 with the South Lochs district (Ceann a Deas nan Loch) of Lewis. It was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.
The road commences at the South Lochs turn at the southern end of the township of Balallan (Baile Ailean) and ends at Lemreway (Leumrabhagh), travelling via Shiltenish (Sildinis), Habost (Tabost), Kershader (Cearsiadar), Garyvard (Gearraidh Bhaird) and Gravir (Grabhair). For nearly half of its length, the road is a full S2 on a modern alignment, with fast sweeping bends.
From Baile Ailean the B8060 heads east along the southern shore of Loch Eireasort, albeit quickly climbing up from the actual waterside into the tiny settlement of Sildinis. Just past the pub, the first of many loops of the old alignment can be seen alongside the modern route. After a quick sweep behind Beinn Chleiteir the loch reappears below as the road drops down to cross the mouth of a stream.
Climbing again, the road enters the scattered village of Tabost, and takes on the feel of a suburban street, with a pavement and low streetlights, despite the fact that the houses are interspersed with patches of barren moorland. Tabost merges into Cearsiadar, which in turn becomes Gearraidh Bhaird .In all 3 settlements, the loops of the old road have been retained in places as access to property.
The road now heads south as it leaves the village, climbing slightly onto the moors. While it quickly degenerates to single-track, there are still loops of an even older alignment alongside. Just over a mile from the last house, a left turn leads out to the scattered villages of Cromor and Marbhig, but the B8060 continues southwards to Grabhair, a linear village running at right-angles to the main road along the line of the Abhainn Cheann Loch Ouirn. The B8060 actually does a short dogleg across the village street, before climbing out of the glen again, over the open moorland once more. The road is now twistier and bumpier than before, with very few old loops suggesting improvements.
Finally, the view opens out ahead, as far south as Skye if the weather allows, and then the road plunges quite steeply down into the village of Leumrabhagh, terminating at the pier in the sheltered harbour. Side roads serve the scattered cottages overlooking the bay.