|From:||Newton of Petty (NH742487)|
|Distance:||4.9 miles (7.9 km)|
|Meets:||A96, B9092, B9006|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9039 is a link road in northeast Inverness-shire, being part of the shortest classified route from Inverness to Fort George. The road was originally unclassified but gained its number in the early 1920s.
The road starts on the A9 near the tiny settlement of Newton of Petty (approximately four houses) and heads north under the Inverness to Nairn railway line. The road goes through a series of right-angle bends before straightening out again; at the second right turn the lane to the left leads up to Castle Stuart, which has been visible on and off since we left the A9.
After passing through trees, we reach the Dalcross Industrial Estate, on the edge of Inverness Airport, before running parallel to the main runway, close enough to see the planes. To our left is the Moray Firth, almost lapping at the edge of the tarmac, making this a spectacular road to drive. As we approach Ardesier, the road kinks to the left once more, sticking to the coast almost to the bitter end.
On the near side of the village the B9092 leads off to the right, after which we continue along the coast before a sharp right leads to a T-junction with the B9006 in the middle of the village, where our road ends. Left takes us to Fort George and right leads back to the A96, although if we'd wanted to go that way the B9092 would have been a better route choice.