|To:||Conon Bridge (NH543549)|
|Length:||19.6 miles (31.5 km)|
|Meets:||A832, B9160, B9169, A9, A835, B9162, A862|
|Old route now:||B9175|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9163 is a winding road on the Black Isle.
We start on the A832 at the west end of Cromarty High Street and follow the coast south-westwards from the historic burgh to the intriguingly named Jemimaville, then meet the B9160 before turning north to Balblair.
We stay within sight of the coast for most of the way now, although considerably further inland than before. We meet the B9169 at a TOTSO fork, then after another mile reach a staggered crossroads on the realigned A9 as that road approaches the bridge over the Cromarty Firth. After zigzagging through Algaig another staggered junction takes us over the A835, before we reach a roundabout on the edge of Conon Bridge. Turn right for what remains of the B9162 whilst our road continues ahead; both lead us through the town to the A862, the old course of the A9.
Before the A9 was extended north in 1935, everything north of Inverness was in Zone 8, so the B9163 was originally the B863. In 1922 that road ended at the pier in Cromarty but was extended over the Nigg Ferry and on to the A88 (present A9) near Newfield.
Although the entire road was renumbered B9163 in 1935 the ferry became passenger only around 1960 and so the section of the road in Easter Ross was declassified. It regained Class II status in the 1970s, albeit as the B9175, as it was no longer part of a through route with the rest of the B9163