|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||8.7 miles (14 km)|
|Meets:||A967, B9055, B9057, A967|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9056 serves Orkney's western coast.
The road starts a few miles north of Stromness on the A967 at Voy and heads north. After about two miles, first the B9055 and then the B9057 turn off to the right, while we skirt the shores of Loch Skaill and find the entrance to Skara Brae. For those of you who don't know, Skara Brae is one of the Neolithic wonders on Orkney, a well-preserved village that was hidden under the dunes for millennia. Each house still retains its original stone furniture, including beds and dressers.
There's a short run along the coast around Bay of Skaill, and then we veer inland once more. We TOTSO left in Quoyloo before climbing around the back of a low hill marked on the map as Vestra Fiold. The views from this piece of the road are expansive, across much of the lower lying western Mainland. The road then drops once more into Marwick, with Birsay Bay in full view ahead. Almost at the last minute, the B9056 turns sharp right to rejoin the A967, although a rough track does turn off by the cemetery to head northwards to meet the end of the A966 in Birsay Village.