|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||1.7 miles (2.7 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B8087 is one of Colonsay's three classified roads
The road starts at the same curious crossroads junction as the B8086 in Scalasaig, the island's main village. A short distance along an apparently unclassified road to the east is the Ferry Pier, but the B8087 heads north along the rugged coast at first. The island hall and post office are passed, and a left turn leads to a few houses and the island brewery (no distillery here, despite being so close to Islay!). The road then starts climbing, past the rest of the houses in the village, some accessed off a track on the right, before turning inland and climbing more steeply to reach a summit of just over 70 m.
The descent is more gentle, winding slowly down past Turraman Loch, before a couple of hairpins drop it down further past a derelict cottage to Loch Fada (one of three). The section between the two hairpins is part of the old road to Kiloran, which crossed the hills from the other side of Scalasaig; the current, lower, hill route apparently being built in the 1950s, although the next section does appear to be older. From Loch Fada, a near straight run takes the road across a low-lying plain to Kiloran, and after a sharp bend the end of the road is reached. The junction with the B8086 is a triangle, as the other road sits considerably higher up the hill.
This route was originally classified in the mid 1920s as the A871. However, along with all of the roads on Colonsay it has since been downgraded to a B road.