Aberdeen to the Shetland Isles

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.

This route sets out northwards from Aberdeen along National Route 1.

North of Inverness there are two route options - one route via Dingwall, and one via the Cromarty Ferry. The Cromarty Ferry route is particularly attractive, however the ferry only operates in summer. In 2015 this ferry was withdrawn, and it was reinstated in 2016.

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.

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Please note

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.

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