|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||7.5 miles (12.1 km)|
|Meets:||B8065, B8069, B8065|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8068 does a tour of the northern villages on the island of Tiree, looping from the B8065 at Scarinish (the island's Ferry port) back to that road at Heylipol. The road was originally unclassified but gained its number when classified roads were introduced to the island in around 1930.
The road starts at a TOTSO junction with the B8065 just north of Scarinish, where that road turns off to reach the ferry port. Our road then heads north, with a few properties between it and the shore, but the immense white-sand beach of Gott Bay is always in view beyond. This beach is accessed via the B8069 which is quickly reached, leaving the B8068 to head northwest across the island to its north coast.
The road undulates a little as it rises and falls across the contours, and then a pair of houses with blue roofs are reached at Balephetrish Hill. The straggly village takes its name from the eponymous hill and is strung out along the inevitable beach that lines the shore just beyond. To start with the beach is hidden by a high dune bank, but after a little wiggle the road drops almost to beach level as it continues west. At the end of the bay, the Airport Road meets from the south, while the B8068 continues to wiggle westwards.
After nearly a mile the road reaches Cornaigmore and a crossroads, with the island's school off to the right, while the unclassified route ahead leads past an old watermill and Loch Bhasapoll to the island's idyllic northwest corner. Older maps show that until at least the 1980s all four arms at this crossroads were numbered B8068, although the roads north and west were only classified as far as the road connecting the two.
Meanwhile, the B8068 turns and heads south, crossing the island once more between fields and open grazings to meet the B8065 at the staggered crossroads at Heylipol, just to the north of the start of the B8066.