|To:||Friockheim (South) (NO590483)|
|Distance:||15.9 miles (25.6 km)|
|Meets:||A92, A972, B959, B978, B962, B9128, B9127, A933|
|Route outline (key)|
The B961 is a cross-country B-road in south Angus.
It originally started on the A929 to the north of Dundee city centre and headed northeast along Pitkerro Road. Since the 1970s this first section has been declassified and the southern end moved further east to the Scott Fyffe Roundabout on Kingsway.
The road heads north along Douglas Road, a section of which is dual-carriageway, before passing Drumgeith Park. The road then bends sharply right. Pitkerro Road, the original line of the B961 comes in from the left here; this road is now closed to traffic. The road continues east through an industrial estate to cross a stream. The original line of the road went over the old bridge to the left; the current route of the road has to TOTSO left then right, along a brief multiplex along the B978.
The B961 continues east and quickly reaches open country. It crosses the fields on more-or-less flat land to go through the scattered village of Drumsturdy, to the north of an obvious hill. At the far end is a T-junction where the road TOTSOs left; to the right is the B962. The B961 then heads north through Newbigging to reach the Monikie Reservoirs. The road skirts the largest of these; however, owing to an earth bank surrounding the reservoir it is rarely visible. The village of Craigton is reached, where the road turns away from the reservoirs.
The road is now dead-straight for a few hundred yards to Kirkton of Monikie, after which there are several sharp corners - and some less sharp - and a wooded section before the road reaches the B9128, which is crossed at a staggered crossroads. The next couple of miles are also quite straight, after which the road begins to climb. It passes between Boath and Cairnconon Hills before descending again. Presently the road reaches a T-junction on the A933 to the south of Friockheim. The road ends here.