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