|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||9 miles (14.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The C1083 is a long and winding road along the north shore of Loch Torridon in Wester Ross. Until the new road from Torrdion to Shieldaig was built in the late 1960s, the first half mile or so was part of the B858, which extended to the pier at Torridon. However, when the rest of the route was upgraded to be part of the new A896, the short run down to the pier became unclassified. It is a scenic route, with fine views across the lochs, and with the famous Torridon Mountains rising up to the north.
The C1083 starts therefore on the A896 a little to the east of Torridon Village, which is then strung along the roadside as far as the pier. After running along the shore for another half mile or so, a couple of switchback bends lift the road up into the trees to cross the first of several rivers. Staying high, the road crosses open moorland with side roads dropping to Inveralligin and Wester Alligin, before it turns inland to the shore of Loch Diabaig s'Airde. After curving around the loch, the road reaches Diabaig and drops down to the loch shore once more, terminating at the pier at Lower Diabaig.