|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Brough Lodge (HU578927)|
|Distance:||5.9 miles (9.5 km)|
|Meets:||no classified roads|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9088 is unique in several respects. It is the highest-numbered classified road in the 1922 Road Lists - and also the furthest northeast (but not the furthest north). Interestingly, it is also the easternmost classified road in Scotland: heading due south from its eastern end reaches the Out Skerries, where there are no classified roads; the next landfall is near the Yorkshire fishing port of Staithes - and with it the A174. The B9088 is the only classified road on the island of Fetlar in north Shetland. Not only does it not connect to any other classified roads, it is even impossible to leave Fetlar without using an unclassified road to get from the B9088 to the ferry terminal.
The road starts on the island's west coast just above a disused pier, presumably the access to the island before the construction of the current ferry terminal at Hamars Ness and therefore the reason the B9088 starts here. The road heads east, little more than a track at this point, climbing past Brough Lodge to reach a T-junction. The unclassified road to Hamars Ness comes in from the left and the B9088 TOTSOs right. Logic would suggest that the road to Hamars Ness should now be classified rather than the road to Brough Lodge - but this is not the case.
The B9088 continues east across the island. It passes to the south of a hill before crossing a small valley at Herra. After passing a road leading to the airstrip we pass through the island's "capital" of Houbie and now run along Fetlar's south coast. The road, however, is straighter than the coastline and as the B9088 continues east the coast heads to the south and so we run inland.
After skirting the Loch of Funzie the road continues for a short distance further to Funzie itself. The B9088 ends at the road junction in the settlement, with the unclassified roads to the left and ahead ending in farmyards, although the one ahead does at least reach the coast.