|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||North Queensferry (NT131804)|
|Distance:||19.6 miles (31.5 km)|
|Meets:||Pier, A90, B980, A921, B916, B925, B917, A909, B920, B9149, B921, B922, A92, A910, A915, A921|
|Former Number(s):||A90, A910|
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|Route outline (key)|
The B981 is a winding B-road in south Fife.
The road begins at North Queensferry by the ferry pier that once allowed A90 traffic to cross the Forth to South Queensferry. It heads north via Ferrytoll Junction and then through Inverkeithing and Crossgates to reach Cowdenbeath, where it briefly multiplexes with the A909. Leaving Cowdenbeath it heads east through Lochgelly and Cardenden then swings south to meet the A92 and A910 at Chapel Roundabout, Dothan. After a brief multiplex with the A910 it resumes its eastbound course as Chapel Level and Dunnikier Way, finally terminating at the roundabout junction in Gallatown with the A921 and A915.
The B981 is a real Frankenstein's monster of a road, stitched together from bits of redesignated roads and tagged with a name exhumed from darkest Aberdeenshire. The route from North Queensferry to Cowdenbeath mostly follows the line of the old A90. The section from Cowdenbeath to Kirkcaldy, including Chapel Level, was the A910, and the final section along Dunnikier Way to Gallatown is a heavily upgraded B926. With the coming of the new A92 East Fife Regional Road in the 1980s, these designations were removed and replaced by the B981.