B863 (Black Isle)

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B863
Location Map
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From:  Conon Bridge (NH543553)
To:  Newfield (NH792771)
Via:  Cromarty
Distance:  27.5 miles (44.3 km)
Met (1932) A88, B862, B8026, A833, A88
Now part of:  B9163, B9175
Traditional Counties

Cromartyshire • Ross-shire

Route outline (key)
B863 Conon Bridge - Cromarty
Ferry Cromarty - Nigg
B863 Nigg - Newfield
This article is about the former B863 on the Black Isle.
For the current B863 around Loch Leven, see B863
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Level crossing near the northern end of the B9175 (former B863)

Prior to the A9 extending to John o Groats in 1935, everything to the north of Inverness was in the 8 zone. As such the road heading along the northern side of the Black Isle was the B863.

Starting on the A88 (present A862) in Conon Bridge the road followed the Cromarty Firth not particularly closely. At Balblair it zigzagged around Udale Bay and then ran along the shoreline into Cromarty.

When the B863 was first classified in 1922, it only went this far. However, by 1932 the route had been extended across the ferry and on alongside Nigg Bay and through Arabella to meet the A88 again at Newfield, east of Invergordon.

In 1935, numerous B roads were subtly adjusted from B8xx to B91xx, so the B863 (which found itself entirely on the eastern side of the new A9) became the B9163. The section north of the Nigg Ferry is now the B9175, presumably to dissuade drivers from using the seasonal ferry as a through route, although this section of road did seem to be declassified completely in the 1950s.



B863 (Black Isle)
PlacesCromarty • Tain
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Other nearby roads
CromartyA832 • A833 (Black Isle) • B9163 • B9175 • C1219 (Highland) • C1220 (Highland)
TainA836 • A88 (Inverness - Scrabster) • A9 • B865 (Portmahomack) • B9163 • B9165 • B9174 • B9175 • C1004 (Highland) • C1012 (Highland) • C1206 (Highland) • C1207 (Highland) • C1208 (Highland) • C1209 (Highland) • Dornoch Tourist Routes • NC500 • T1 (Britain)
B800 – B899
B800 • B801 • B802 • B803 • B804 • B805 • B806 • B807 • B808 • B809 • B810 • B811 • B812 • B813 • B814 • B815 • B816 • B817 • B818 • B819
B820 • B821 • B822 • B823 • B824 • B825 • B826 • B827 • B828 • B829 • B830 • B831 • B832 • B833 • B834 • B835 • B836 • B837 • B838 • B839
B840 • B841 • B842 • B843 • B844 • B845 • B846 • B847 • B848 • B849 • B850 • B851 • B852 • B853 • B854 • B855 • B856 • B857 • B858 • B859
B860 • B861 • B862 • B863 • B864 • B865 • B866 • B867 • B868 • B869 • B870 • B871 • B872 • B873 • B874 • B875 • B876 • B877 • B878 • B879
B880 • B881 • B882 • B883 • B884 • B885 • B886 • B887 • B888 • B889 • B890 • B891 • B892 • B893 • B894 • B895 • B896 • B897 • B898 • B899
Former versions: B801 • B805 • B808 • B810 • B812 • B814 • B817 • B825 • B828 • B834 • B835 • B837 • B848 • B851 • B852
B854 • B855 • B857 • B858 • B859 • B860 • B862 • B863 • B864 • B865 • B866 • B867 • B869 • B870 • B872 • B873 • B874
B875 • B876 • B877 • B879 • B880 • B883 • B887 • B889 • B891 • B892 • B893 • B895 • B896(N) • B896(W) • B897 • B898