|From:||Broadford (An t-Ath Leathann) (NG642235)|
|To:||Elgol (Ealaghol) (NG518135)|
|Distance:||14 miles (22.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8083 serves the Strathaird Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. The road was originally unclassified and quickly became the A881. It was reclassified to a B-road when the Skye Bridge was opened and the A87 extended across Skye to Uig.
Starting in Broadford, just to the west of the Co-op Supermarket and 24 hour garage, the B8083 heads south at first, passing a few houses before climbing up past forestry to a low summit. Before long the ruins of Cill Chriosd come into view on the right, the former parish church for Broadford, now a picturesque ruin, and just beyond lies Loch Cill Chriosd. The road soon turns west to cross the watershed. There are views of the Red Cuillin at first, with views to Blabheinn and the Black Cuillin opening up as you reach the villages of Kilbride and Torrin. Here the road temporarily turns northwest, curving around the head of Loch Slapin. It takes the long way around this sea loch, where a causeway would never be economically viable, to cross the bridge over the Abhainn an t-Sratha Mhòir at the head of the loch. From here, paths head north through the shallow passes to Strollamus and Luib on the north coast of this part of Skye. Once across the bridge, the road turns southwards once more, doubling back down the west shore of the Loch.
A mile or so further on, a car park on the right is the start point for the climb up Blaven, and a stunning view of the Cuillin Ridge. The B8083 then starts to climb, turning inland a little before dropping through Kikibost and Kilmarie. Here there is another parking area, from which a popular track leads over to Camasunary, on the shores of Loch Scavaig. From there a very rough path skirts the coast to Loch Coruisk, encircled by the spectacular Cuillin ridge. Of course, for the less adventurous, the village of Elgol also offers stunning views into the heart of the Cuillin mountains and across to the Isle of Soay.
Returning to the road, therefore, we climb again before crossing the tip of the Strathaird peninsula to descend into the little port at the end. The road apparently passes through a car park to end at a triangular junction, whilst the final road down to the harbour is normally marked as unclassified, as are the other roads which link to the remote farmsteads and settlements nearby. However, the precise end point of the B8083 is not entirely clear, and has been marked differently over the years (including when it was the A881).