|To:||Ore Bay (ND311945)|
|Distance:||0.6 miles (1 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
Leaving the B9047 opposite the Hoy Hotel the B9048 heads east across former military land. We pass a couple of disused piers and then round a headland, after which the road becomes S2. The road then skirts the Scapa Flow Museum before continuing east to end at the present ferry pier.
The B9048 has always existed in the Lyness area. However, its original route was quite different.
It started on the B9047 just to the north of its current western end. It headed north for a few yards before ending at the next road junction. There seems no reason why this road was even classified.
Owing to the short length of the road it is not known how long this short distance lasted, although it appears to have still been here in 1991. Logically the road should have been extended to the Ly Ness pier with the introduction of regular ferry services although this does not appear to have happened; in fact the original section of the B9048 was declassified when the road was rerouted to the pier.