|From:||Crook of Devon (NO040003)|
|Distance:||12.7 miles (20.4 km)|
|Meets:||A977, M90, B996, B920, B921|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9097 is a secondary road in east Scotland. It was originally unclassified but had come into existence by 1932.
The road starts on the A977 opposite the petrol station in Crook of Devon and heads east, immediately reaching open country. We follow a series of long straights, interspersed with sharp bends, as we continue across largely flat land. There are no places of any size on this section and only a few buildings. As the road continues it becomes more winding. Presently we bear sharply right to cross the Gairney Water, then left to follow the southern edge of the valley eastwards. We cross the M90 at J5 then reach a T-junction on the B996 (former A90) immediately afterwards. Benarty Hill is immediately ahead.
There's a brief multiplex left after which the B9097 regains its number and its easterly route. The hill is to the right but we continue in the flat land beneath. We run along the shore of Loch Leven for a while before making a beeline for the B920, which is met at a T-junction. There's then a multiplex to the right for nearly half a mile into hillier terrain. After reappearing the B9097 heads roughly southeast then east and goes over a disused railway line. We follow a modern road around the edge of a reclaimed opencast mine and presently reach journey's end at a T-junction on the B921.
The B9097 was originally unclassified. It had come into existence by 1932 but only west of the B920. It was extended directly east in 1935 to end on the B921 on the western edge of Kinglassie. This eastern extension was severed by an opencast mine in the late 1950s and so the road was moved south. The western half of this rerouted eastern extension is the same as the road's present route but it then continued straight, to end on the B921 on the opposite side of the railway line to its 1935 eastern end. The pit was extended in the late 1980s to give the B9097 its present route.