|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||20.3 miles (32.7 km)|
|Meets:||Unclassified, B9048, B9049, B9049, Unclassified|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9047 is the main road on the island of Hoy in the Orkneys.
The road starts at Osmondwall, technically on the island of South Walls, by turning north off an unclassified road heading west from the coast at Kirk Hope past a cemetery. The road passes Hackness, cutting off the corner before reaching the coast itself at Myre Bay. Here it bends to the left and follows the shore relatively closely through Wyng to reach Longhope, the main settlement on South Walls. A road leads off to the right from where a ferry can be got to Hoy or Flotta. The B9047, however, continues southwestwards along the coast to reach The Ayre, a causeway leading to Hoy proper. Just before the causeway there is a triangular junction from where an unclassified road, of similar quality to the B9047 on South Walls, follows a shorter, straighter and less built-up route back to where we started.
The first thing to be met on Hoy is a road junction. The B9047 continues west along the coast and runs round the full length of the North Bay, eventually reaching North Ness, just over the water from Longhope, although we have come over five miles by road. The B9047 bends sharply left here and soon turns inland to pass to the west of Crock Ness. The village of Lyness is soon reached and the B9048 turns off to the right to the pier. The B9047 continues north before bending left then right to pass round Mill Bay.
The road shortly bends sharply to the left and starts to become hillier. It heads slightly inland to cross a stream before contouring round Pegal Hill and climbing Lyrawa Hill. The road passes the Water of Hoy at its summit before descending gently parallel to the coast. After passing Quoyness the B9049 turns off to the right.
The road runs below Ward Hill to go through Hoy village and reach a T-junction, where it TOTSOs right and heads towards the coast once more. The other end of the B9049 is quickly met, after which our road TOTSOs left. The road ahead reaches the pier, from where ferries can be got to Graemsay and Mainland. The final stretch of the B9047 heads north alongside the Bay of Creekland. As it continues it becomes more of a track and less of a road. After passing a cemetery the road reaches Bu, where it ends without ceremony.