|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||5.3 miles (8.5 km)|
|Meets:||A907, A985, A985, A994|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9037 is a bit of a piecemeal route, with rather a confused history at times. Today it is a route that few people will use in its entirety, but it provides a pair of useful links in West Fife.
Starting at Blairhall on the A907, we head south, twisting sharply down the hill through a small wood. The road quickly straightens up, however, with good views to the right as we continue down the hill, before some more sharp bends take us under the old railway line, now the Alloa – Dunfermline cycle route. After just under mile we cross the Bluther Burn at Shires Mill, a stream we will meet again, and then climb steeply up the other side of the valley.
At the top of the hill we meet the A985. This was the original end of the route; however, since the opening of the Valleyfield – Torryburn bypass in 1962, the B9037 has taken on the former route of the A985 through these villages. To find the next section of our route, therefore, we must turn left for a short multiplex along the A-road, before turning right at a new junction. The old A985 route took a curve here and the old road is still in existence as a footpath.
A number of left turns lead into High Valleyfield, but our route continues to drop down the hill, along a narrowish tree-lined road, to reach the Bluther Burn again at Newmills Bridge. Just before the bridge, the main road from Culross joins from the right at a sharp fork. We pass through Newmills to briefly find the sea at Torry Bay, before turning inland again, running between the railway and the Torry Burn. We then cross the railway on the final approach to Cairneyhill Roundabout, where the B9037 ends on the A985 and the A994 continues ahead into Dunfermline.
The B9037 number was not allocated in 1922, but as it lies in the gap between the B9034, last allocated number on the mainland, and B9040, first allocated number for Orkney, it seems logical to assume it was allocated soon after, perhaps in 1924. The initial route was from Blairhall to the A985 (originally the B911) above High Valleyfield, the first section as described above.
With the opening of the Valleyfield – Torryburn bypass, the B9037 was extended along the former A985 route through the villages. However, the 1976 OS 1:50,000 sheet also shows a curiosity, with the road through Culross to Kincardine, a route never previously classified, shown as a 'spur' of the B9037. This route meets the 'main' B9037 at the higher fork at High Valleyfield, before dropping down Low Causeway to meet the modern main route through Low Valleyfield. As this situation is also depicted on the late 1980s 1:10,000 sheet, it is presumed that this was a genuine change to the route for a number of years. However, as the route through Culross is nearly as long as the other two arms of the B9037 put together, it is an unusual spur.