|From:||Abercrombie (NW) (NO508036)|
|To:||Crail (N) (NO605091)|
|Length:||7.5 miles (12.1 km)|
|Meets:||B942, B9131, B940, A917|
|Route outline (key)|
The B9171 is a rural road in the East Neuk area of Fife.
The route starts on the B942 at a bend between Easter Pitcorthie and Abercrombie. The B942 west of here was part of the former A921 trunk route, but has now regained its original number. The B9171 continues along the former A921 route, doubling back and heading north west, before turning back to north east. The road may be S2, but it is narrow, and with so many twists and bends that progress can be slow. With no real villages along the way, however, it is probably a little faster than taking the coast road in the height of summer.
Passing through fields, dotted with farms, the road winds eastwards, with two right-angle bends just before reaching the crossroads with the B9131 (former A959). This junction has been subtly realigned, to provide a staggered crossroads in the B9131's favour, further undermining the usefulness of our route. Continuing eastwards, the road is somewhat straighter now, albeit with a sharp bend just before the junction with the B940. This is a straight crossroads in the B9171's favour. The end of the route is then quickly reached at a fork junction on the A917 about a mile north of Crail.
The B9171 is part of a former trunk road. However, as it doesn't really go from or to anywhere, it is a little hard to explain why it was ever considered so important. Having said that, the road was unclassified until after World War II and only gained the A921 number as part of the trunk road network, so perhaps it wasn't that important after all.
The A921 and the A918 (now the A917) connected St Andrews to the towns along the southern Fife coast. However, it was very much the long way round, with the A915 providing a much more direct route. It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that this route is now a mere B road.