|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||8.4 miles (13.5 km)|
|Meets:||A9, B8063, A984|
|Former Number(s):||A9, A984|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9099 is a largely rural road in east Perthshire. It gained its number when a previously unclassified road was upgraded around 1930; it has since been extended in both directions following upgrades of the roads it ends on.
The road starts at Luncarty Bridge, towards the end of the dual-carriageway section of A9 north of Perth. The junction is not quite a full-access GSJ as there is no southbound A9 offlip, although as we shall see this is not a huge problem. The B8063 also terminates, on the B9099, at this junction.
Heading north, we initially follow the old A9 alignment into the small village of Luncarty, and then quickly out the other end. Just after crossing the Shochie Burn, the old A9 turns sharp left under the railway line, and after half a mile or so meets the present A9, so providing the missing link from the junction. Our route, meanwhile, swings eastwards on a long straight, which then starts to climb as it curves northwards once more. A couple of tight bends takes us across a steep gulley, and into Stanley, a pretty village built on a grid-iron pattern, albeit with much 20th century infill.
We cross the railway as we climb out of Stanley and sweep through some wide bends between large open fields. The landscape of the lower Tay Valley is wide and arable, with hills rising up in shadowy ranges on the horizon. The road twists and undulates northwards, with a reasonably long straight blighted by dips and bumps making it almost impossible to see the full length. Eventually Ardoch is reached, and then soon after we drop down into Murthly, passing under the railway in the middle of the village, although Murthly itself mainly lies to the east of the road.
The road continues to lose height as it passes the entrance to Murthly Castle and then takes a sharp left to drop down to the banks of the Tay. Caputh Bridge takes us across the river and then there's a short climb into the village of Caputh, where the B9099 forks. The right-hand arm continues ahead and almost immediately reaches the A984; the left-hand arm passes through the village along the A-road's old route to reach the bypass further west.