Star.pngStar.pngStar.pngStar.pngStar grey.png


From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Location Map ( geo)
Cameraicon.png View gallery (1)
From:  Morangie (NH771827)
To:  Knockbreck (NH785810)
Via:  Tain
Distance:  1.6 miles (2.6 km)
Meets:  A9, A9
Former Number(s):  A9
Highway Authorities


Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
B9174 Morangie - Knockbreck
Tain High Street

The B9174 follows the former route of the A9 through Tain. The bypass was constructed sometime in the late 1970s / early 1980s and was certainly open by 1982. It was part of a long project to upgrade the A9 through Easter Ross, north of Inverness, culminating in the construction of the Dornoch Firth Bridge a few miles further north in 1991.

Starting at the northern end, the route forks off the A9, briefly on a new alignment, before meeting the old road just before the town's Lidl store. Next up is the Home Bargains, with the new Tesco hidden away down the road to the industrial estate between the two. As it heads into the town centre, the houses on each side of the road get steadily older, until a slight kink gives a view of Tain's Tower, the old tollbooth. The buildings seem to draw you in, drag you to the town centre, where the Royal Hotel competes for dominance with the Tower. The road kinks again between these two majestic buildings of soft local sandstone, and suddenly it reaches the High Street, where more beautiful façades are home to a respectable range of shops and businesses. It then comes to the real reason why Tain was bypassed. It wasn't just the narrow street winding between buildings: at the end of the High Street there is a sharp right-hander into Hartfield Street, quickly followed by a left-hander into Stafford Street. Even today, with the vastly reduced traffic flows, there can be serious congestion here from turning vehicles. Throw in a few 40-foot artics, and Tain would come to a standstill!

Tain is not a big town, despite its history and style (and the number of supermarkets it is home to), so remarkably quickly the B9174 is heading out between fields and back towards the A9, with a new Asda on the right, accessed from a roundabout. At Knockbreck it turns off the old A9 alignment to meet the new road at a T-junction.

Related Pictures
View gallery (1)
Other nearby roads
B9100 – B9999
B9100 • B9101 • B9102 • B9103 • B9104 • B9105 • B9106 • B9107 • B9108 • B9109 • B9110 • B9111 • B9112 • B9113 • B9114 • B9115 • B9116 • B9117 • B9118 • B9119
B9120 • B9121 • B9122 • B9123 • B9124 • B9125 • B9126 • B9127 • B9128 • B9129 • B9130 • B9131 • B9132 • B9133 • B9134 • B9135 • B9136 • B9137 • B9138 • B9139
B9140 • B9141 • B9142 • B9143 • B9144 • B9145 • B9146 • B9147 • B9148 • B9149 • B9150 • B9151 • B9152 • B9153 • B9154 • B9155 • B9156 • B9157 • B9158 • B9159
B9160 • B9161 • B9162 • B9163 • B9164 • B9165 • B9166 • B9167 • B9168 • B9169 • B9170 • B9171 • B9172 • B9173 • B9174 • B9175 • B9176 • B9177 • B9178 (W) • B9178 (E) • B9179
B9180 • B9181 • B9182 • B9183 • B9184 • B9185 • B9186 • B9187 • B9188 • B9189 • B9190 • B9191 • B9192 • B9193 • B9194 • B9195 • B9196 • B9197 • B9198 • B9199
Earlier iterations: B9111 • B9145 • B9151 • B9164

SABRE - The Society for All British and Irish Road Enthusiasts
Discuss - Digest - Discover - Help