|To:||Callander (S) (NN636052)|
|Length:||26.5 miles (42.6 km)|
|Meets:||A807, A891, B818, B8037, A811, B8031, A873, B8032, A81|
|Route outline (key)|
The B822 is a long Class II road in central Scotland.
The route starts at a roundabout on the A807 on the southern edge of Torrance and heads north along Main Street through the village. The road TOTSOs right at traffic lights and leaves town along Campsie Road. It heads northeast, then north, across the rolling fields. Soon a steep, ominous-looking escarpment (the edge of the Campsie Fells) becomes visible ahead. The road descends to cross the Glazert Water and enters Lennoxtown, where it reaches a T-junction on the A891 (former B821). There is then a multiplex west along Main Street for over half a mile before the B822 regains its number by turning right.
The road heads north out of town, passing the golf course and drawing ever closer to the escarpment mentioned above. The road bends to the left and climbs steadily, with excellent views to the left and hill to the right. Presently the road reaches a valley and bends to the right to follow it upstream into the hills. There is a car park here, marking the viewpoint. The road continues along the valley which soon peters out into a mountain pass over the moors. The summit height of 337 metres (well over 1000 feet is reached), after which the road begins to descend again.
As may be expected, the descent is not as protracted as the climb. The moor is relatively flat to begin with but the road eventually follows a ridge between two streams into the valley of the Endrick Water. The second stream is crossed at a narrow bridge, after which the B818 comes in from the right. There is then a multiplex west for over a mile to Fintry. While it might be expected that the B818 should be the dominant number this is not in fact the case.
The B822 TOTSOs right at a triangular junction in Fintry to conclude the multiplex. The Endrick Water is then crossed before the road leaves town. There is now another steep escarpment to the right (the Fintry Hills) but this time the road goes round the bottom to remain on the same level. It stays on the western side of the Fintry Hills but does climb out of the valley of the Endrick Water, albeit much more gently. It continues onto Kippen Muir, now to the north of the Fintry Hills. The road crosses the moor and descends into Kippen itself. In the centre of the village the B8037 turns off to the left. After leaving the village the road descends into the valley of the River Forth.
The B822 crosses the A811 at a roundabout to cross the flood plain. After zigzagging round a farm it crosses the Forth at the Bridge of Frew before following the river downstream for one meander. It then bends sharply left at its junction with the B8031. The road continues north along a few dead-straight sections interspersed with sharp corners across completely flat land to enter Thornhill. It climbs Kippen Road to reach the A873 opposite the masonic lodge. There is a short multiplex north before the B822 turns right, to continue north.
The road undulates for a short distance before beginning to climb once again. t gets to Lennieston Muir where it skirts, before going through, a forest. The road then descends again into the valley of the River Teith, narrowing for no apparent reason. Presently the B8032 comes in from the right, after which the B822 ends at a T-junction on the A81 about a mile and a half south of Callander.