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From:  Forres (NJ037589)
To:  Elgin (NJ209626)
Distance:  17 miles (27.4 km)
Meets:  B9011, A96
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Route outline (key)
B9010 Forres - Elgin

The B9010 follows a broadly U-shaped, meandering route between Forres and Elgin, through the hills to the south of the coastal plain and Glen Lossie.

Sheriff Moor Wood

The route starts on Forres High Street, the original route of the A96, but numbered as the B9011 since the bypass opened and heads south along the one-way Tollbooth Street. At a mini roundabout it meets South Street, which is the way that B9010 traffic is directed, although there are no signs at the roundabout itself! The B9010 then continues south east along St Leonards Road, passing many fine old stone houses set back in large gardens - this was clearly a very affluent area! More modern bungalows take over towards the edge of town, the route finally emerging into open fields, interspersed with patches of forestry. Before long the road narrows, losing its centre line, before reaching the small village of Rafford with its pretty little church sitting above the road. Rafford has developed in two distinct parts, with a short climb across fields to the Moor of Granary, the southern part of the village, and the road has been realigned through the village, with part of the original road forming a local access.

A series of undulating straights leads the road south east through farmland and forestry plantations to Briach, where it becomes even narrower, with barely room for two cars to pass, but few signed passing places. From here, a winding climb leads up through the trees to a summit of around 180m in the saddle between the Hill of the Wangie and Hill of Mulundy. A slight dip then leads down into the valley of the River Lossie. The route then passes close to the pretty little village of Dallas (the original for the later, much jumped-up, Texas version), from where a minor road heads south across the hills to Strathspey. The B9010 now heads east across the lower slopes of the Hill of the Wangie, with forestry rising above, and the fields of the Lossie valley spreading out to the south. The Lossie meanders back and forth across the valley floor, although the road remains high above even at the closest points.

The forestry comes to an end just before Kellas, and the road winds across the fields and through the tiny settlement, where the road is once more two lanes wide, although still without a centre line. It continues to follow the Lossie valley downstream, although the river meanders away as it drops into a steeper gully at the confluence with the Leanoch Burn. Turning north east now, a longer straight dips steadily down the hill to a much flatter coastal plain, and on a clear day glimpses of the sea can be seen above the distant rooftops of Elgin. Another long straight leads through fields to Cloddach, where a right turn crosses the Lossie to reach Birnie and Thomshill. The B9010 continues north, however, skirting the scattered community of Miltonduff to cross the Black Burn twice at Pittendreich. After the first crossing it TOTSOs with an unclassified road to Pluscarden, which also forms an alternative route back to Forres.

The final section of the route turns north east once more from Pittendreich and follows Pluscarden Road into Elgin. The Lossie is finally crossed on Pluscarden Road Bridge at the entrance to the town, and a short distance later a slight hump carries the road over the main Inverness to Aberdeen railway line. There is a mini roundabout for Wittet Road, a rat-run around western Elgin which the council tried to formalise as a main diversionary route away from the town centre between the A96 and A941, but met with much hostility from the local residents. This corner of Elgin therefore remains the only part of the town without a formal town-centre avoidance route. The route then runs past Dr Grays Hospital to reach journey's end at a roundabout on the A96 on the western side of Elgin town centre.

The 1922 MOT Road List defines this route as: Forres - Kellas - Elgin

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