|From:||Springfield, Loch Riddon (NS012789)|
|Distance:||2.8 miles (4.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B866 follows the original lochside alignment – via Port an Eilein – of the A886 (former B8000) between Springfield and Dundarrach, immediately north of Colintraive. It is signed as a 'coastal route', although this is almost an exaggeration, as on the southern half of the route it is almost impossible to see the Loch below, through the dense foliage of the trees! The new line of the A886 is shown as under construction on the 1976 OS Landranger map, with the B866 number being applied to the old road when it opened.
We start at a re-aligned junction with the A886, and run along the shore past Salthouse Point, before turning inland and climbing over a low hill to Port an Eilein. After another brief flirtation along the shore of Loch Riddon, we climb into the trees and pass a few scattered houses. Eventually (for a road that is less than three miles it seems far longer!), the A886 suddenly appears on the left, and after turning away from it briefly, we find it again at another re-aligned junction, with a stub of old road continuing ahead, and leading to the pavement into Colintraive.