|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||5.9 miles (9.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9078 serves the Esha Ness peninsula of Mainland Shetland. It was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.
The road starts near the end of the Hillswick branch of the A970, within sight of Ura Firth, and heads northwest. Initially the road is fairly flat and straight but the terrain soon becomes hillier, requiring the road to bend more often. We bear left to avoid the hill ahead then right above the beach at Sand Wick before winding westwards across undulating countryside. There are a couple of features, such as a cutting, to suggest the road has been improved, although it is currently little more than single-track.
We pass to the north of the inlet of Brae Wick before running through the settlement of the same name. The last couple of miles cross Esha Ness. After passing a turn to the lighthouse we pass the West Loch and run down into Stenness, where the road ends at a gate into a field. The coast is just ahead.