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Aberdeen to Inverness

Route Details

  • Distance: 150 miles
  • Time needed: 4-5 days
  • Classification: Medium
  • Type: Mixed surface
  • National Cycle Network: Route 1
  • Access: Train Stations at: Aberdeen, Dyce, Elgin, Forres, Nairn and Inverness

Route Description

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 round 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.


Aberdeen to Shetland

Things to see and do

Natural attractions:

  • Moray Firth
  • River Spey
  • Findhorn Bay Nature Reserve
  • Culbin Forest
  • Bow Fiddle Rock

Visitor attractions:

  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum
  • Marischal College, Aberdeen
  • Aberdeen Old town
  • Duff House, Banff
  • Bridge of Alvah, Banff
  • Portsoy Old Harbour
  • Cullen Viaduct
  • Spey Viaduct
  • Elgin Cathedral
  • Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
  • Inverness Art Gallery and Museum
  • Clava Chambered Cairns

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An excellent cycle trip for a short holiday through some of Scotland's most celebrated towns and cities as well as beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside with breathtaking views of the Moray Firth coastline. Cycling from Aberdeen to Inverness via National Cycle Route 1 is a must for those cyclists who like the peace and quiet.

150 miles