|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||10 miles (16.1 km)|
|Meets:||A932, B9113, A935|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9134 is a slower alternative to the A90 (former A94) between the Angus towns of Forfar and Brechin but mostly stays to the south of Lemno Water and the River South Esk. The road was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.
The road starts to the east of Forfar town centre on the A932 yards away from that road's junction with the B9113. We head northeast out of town along Old Brechin Road and pass through Lunanhead before running between hills to reach Aberlemno. The road continues over the ridge on the left then descend steeply into the valley of the River South Esk. The river is crossed at a narrow bridge at Stannochy, after which we head northeast to end at a T-junction on the A935 (former A94) to the west of Brechin.
The B9134 starts on Prior Road in Forfar and soon after a double bend becomes Old Brechin Road, signifying this as the first road to Brechin until the A94, now A90 was built on the flatter terrain of Strathmore to the north, in total contrast to this rollercoaster route.
We head out of Forfar but are soon quickly at the village of Lunanhead with a 30mph speed limit. Once through here there are a series of bends at Clochtow Farm and it is here that the road begins its climb up a valley between the Hill of Finavon on the left and Pitscandly and Turin Hill to the right. This climb is steep at for a mile or so but gradually eases over the next mile. Heading back in the opposite direction shows off a tremendous view over Forfar and Strathmore with the Sidlaw Hills on the left. On a clear day the peaks of Ben Vorlich and Ben Lawers can be seen 50 miles away. The road reaches its highest point near a group of larch trees on a cairn which is now becoming obscured by a plantation of trees at Carsegownie Farm. Although we start to drop downhill, there is still another hill to climb along with an even better view on the other side of Aberlemno.
Before reaching the tiny village we pass on the left the narrow treacherous road that snakes over the Hill of Finavon, eventually reaching the A90, the only such route that links this old road to the newer one. The hamlets of Aberlemno and Crosston are soon reached with the famous Pictish Sculptured Stones on the roadside on our right, three of them sit directly on the verge. We leave the village by a series of bends, one of which has the gable-end of a cottage to avoid and then we face the second climb of the route. This is a short sharp rise over the shoulder of Angus Hill, which although not particularly high, does provide a panoramic view northwards over Strathmore to the mountains, the A90 can also now be seen on the other side of the River South Esk. A lay-by lies just east of the summit of the road which drops more steeply on this side, nearly 100 metres in around a mile to the hamlet of Netherton.
From here there is one more slight rise to negotiate, but the road is flatter from this point although still undulating enough to make overtaking hazardous. Also hazardous are a couple of extremely acutely angled junctions to our right, The first of which is the C44, the second of which heads east for a mile or so, reaching the A933 just south of Brechin Bridge. We ourselves soon cross the South Esk at Stannochy Bridge (single-file, priority for traffic heading to Brechin). After the bridge a big wall appears on our right signifying the grounds of Brechin Castle and the A935 soon ends the road, left to the A90 in a mile, right to the town of Brechin in half a mile.