|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||9.4 miles (15.1 km)|
|Meets:||B9056, A967, A986, A966|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9057 is one of Orkney's longer B-roads, crossing from Aith near Skara Brae to Evie on the north coast of Mainland.
We start on the B9056 on the shore of Loch Skaill, just north of the B9055 junction, and head north through the parish of Sandwick. Sandwick is more an area name than a specific village, with the parish encompassing a number of scattered communities. The first reached by the B9057 is the farmstead of Kierfold, and a little further on a sharp right turn takes us past Newgarth to the A967, which we cross straight over. This first part of the route is all single-track.
Beyond the A967 crossroads, the road is wider, with a centre line, as it heads north east past Vetquoy and Hackland farms to reach Dounby. Off to the right, the Loch of Harray stretches southwards, whilst to the left are occasional glimpses of the concrete buildings on the old airfield. After 3 miles without so much as a junction to worry about, the B9057 reaches Dounby, one of the larger villages on Orkney's Mainland.
At Dounby we cross the A986 (former B9054), again at a crossroads, before heading out into one of Orkney's wilder areas, and soon past a house named 'Wilderness'! The landscape is hillier now, and the road is still nominally S2, as it climbs past the short track to Dounby Click Mill on the right, but at the next sharp bend (to the right), we return to single track with passing places for the final three miles to Evie.
The road climbs up to 150 m, making it the highest classified, if not quite the highest road in Orkney. From the summit, the views ahead are amazing, looking out across the scattered northern isles of the Orkney Archipelago, with hilly Rousay dominating the view. A mile later, on an almost dead straight road, the B9057 reaches Evie, and terminates on the A966 at a simple T junction.