|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||18.7 miles (30.1 km)|
|Meets:||A935, A90. B974, B9120, A90|
|Route outline (key)|
The B966 is an L-shaped B-road in east Scotland.
It starts at a mini-roundabout on the A935 in the centre of Brechin. It heads northwest along Southesk Street to the next mini-roundabout where it turns right to head northeast along Trinity Road and ultimately leave town. The road goes through Trinity itself before reaching the Keithock GSJ on the A90. Because of the angle the two roads cross at, the B966 goes through a tunnel and the two sets of slip roads (which both meet the B966 mainline at roundabouts) are over a quarter of a mile apart.
This junction, more precisely the northbound sliproads, actually marks the original southern end of the B966. The original number of the road south is the A94; when that road bypassed Brechin the B966 was extended south to take on its current route into the centre of Brechin. The bypass was renumbered A90 in the 1990s.
The B966 now heads north across Strathmore. At Inchbare it crosses the West Water before going through a wood to reach Edzell, where the road runs along the High Street. The road now follows the valley of the River North Esk upstream for about a mile before bearing to the right and crossing the river. This marks the point where the road changes from north/south to east/west and is also a county boundary.
The road continues northeastwards along the edge of Strathmore. Much of this section is wooded but the road crosses fields to reach Fettercairn. On the nearside of the village the B974 comes in from the right to follow the B966 in a short multiplex. Immediately afterwards the road goes through the Royal Arch, a narrow, ornate archway built to commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria to the village.
The multiplex ends at a roundabout where the B966 bears right. After leaving Fettercairn behind the road TOTSOs left, with the road ahead the B9120. The next few miles are wholly rural, largely straight and more-or-less flat. Early on the road passes within a few hundred yards of the remains of Kincardine Castle, which gave this county its name.
A couple of miles later the road cannons off the edge of the strath and bears right to pass to the south of Auchenblae. A short distance further on the road reaches the former Fordoun Airfield and goes straight across both runways, which have now gained an agricultural use. Although the road must have been closed when the airfield was in use there is no map evidence to prove this.
Soon afterwards a T-junction is reached. This is the original eastern end of the B966 where it ended on the A94. This road is now bypassed, however, and so the B966 has been extended. Road signs here claim the road splits and runs in both directions but according to maps it only turns left, which is shorter. Both routes cross the Dundee to Aberdeen railway line and end on the A90, where gaps in the central reservation provide access to/from the southbound carriageway.