From Aberdeen station National Cycle Route 1 meanders through the city's historic streets and lanes, passing the award-winning Maritime Museum and the magnificent gothic architecture of Marischal college. A mixture of tracks and main roads reach beyond Dyce to the start of the traffic-free Formartine and Buchan Way. Small country roads and traffic-free, disused railway lines reach all the way to Banff on the shores of the Moray Firth.
From Banff scenic coastal roads and cliff-top paths take you through some quaint fishing towns to Cullen where the route crosses over a magnificent disused railway viaduct towards Buckie. Crossing the mouth of the River Spey at Garmouth, the cycle route leads along small country roads to Elgin where Coopers Park and Elgin Cathedral make a good place for a picnic stop. From busy Elgin streets, quiet rural lanes lead to Findhorn Bay.
Skirting around the market town of Forres, Route 1 courses through Morayshire countryside with excellent views of Culbin Forest on to the holiday town of Nairn. Beyond Nairn the route passes the historic battle site of Culloden before entering the city limits of Inverness where well-deserved refreshment is waiting.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.