Aberdeen to the Shetland Isles

Route: Aberdeen to the Shetland Isles via Inverness and the Orkney Isles. 

Distance: Aberdeen to Inverness is 150 miles. Inverness to John o'Groats is 170 miles. Map shows 501 miles of route of which 20 are traffic-free, and 180 are on Orkney and Shetland.

Ferry services connect to the islands of Orkney and Shetland.

Cycling on a former railway path Cycling along the coast

Published 2012: Buy the official Sustrans NN1E Aberdeen to Shetland cycle route map.

Links with the Coast & Castles North and Lochs & Glens North cycle routes. Constitutes part of North Sea Cycle Route.

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This route is one of contrasts - through Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland, northwards along the coast and into the remote scenery of the Highlands and the ancient peatlands of the Flow Country.