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Aberdeen to the Shetland Isles

  • From - to: 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
  • Terrain: The surface varies from on-road to traffic-free
  • National Cycle Network: National route 1
  • Current closures/diversions on this route
Cycling on a former railway path Cycling along the coast

Ferry services connect to the islands of Orkney and Shetland. Links with the Coast & Castles North and Lochs & Glens North cycle routes. Constitutes part of North Sea Cycle Route.

Route diversions/closures

Cromarty Ferry will not operate during summer 2015. More information here: Anyone cycling between Inverness and Glen Moragie will need to follow the NCN 1 north and west of Cromarty Firth going through Dingwall and Alness instead.

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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.