|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||0.7 miles (1.1 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The C1089 is a strange shaped road, when seen in isolation, that follows the former line of the A9 through Dunbeath for the majority of its length. It starts a little way down the hill from the south, turning off the A9 ahd heading east along Neil Gunn Road. This was newly built when the bypass was built to avoid the long parallel section of the old road. The old road is, however, still open as the access to Dunbeath Castle and other properties. At the end of Neil Gunn Road, the C1089 TOTSOs left just to the north of the village square, and the rest of the route follows the old main road.
It drops quite steeply down Dunbeath Brae, past the heritage centre to a near hairpin bend, where it doubles back above the river. After passing under the A9, which is carried on the new Dunbeath Bridge, the C1089 turns to cross the river on the old Dunbeath Bridge and then turns again as it climbs back up to meet the A9 once more at the northern end of the village.