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Sustrans Route Guide Aberdeen To Shetlands

  • Subtitled 'The official map for the 491 miles (790km) National Cycle Route between Aberdeen and Shetland'.
  • This pack is a 2-map twinpack.
  • Aberdeen to Inverness & the Black Isle and Cromarty to Shetland.
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Sustrans Route Guide Aberdeen To Shetland Cycle Routes

The Sustrans Aberdeen To Shetland 491 mile Route Guide is actually a twin pack.

Map 1 covers Aberdeen to Inverness & the Black Isle.

Map 2 covers Cromarty to Shetland.

Like every Sustrans map, the two Aberdeen to Shetland Cycle Routes maps included here boast the following features to recommend them:

  • Clearly mapped full-colour cycle routes on quiet roads and traffic-free paths.
  • Easy-to-read contours and route profiles.
  • Distance markers at 1-mile intervals on NCN (National Cycle Network) routes.
  • The maps contains all the info required to complete the route - no large scale OS map required.

'The newly created double map details walking and cycling routes from Aberdeen to Shetland via Inverness, The Black Isle, Cromarty Firth, John o'Groats , and across the islands of Orkney and Shetland. The 491 mile route offers some cycling challenges for those of a hardy disposition or a variety of short day trips, as well as handy ways to get around everyday in both city and countryside. Whether it is an interest in the landscape and wildlife, or a visit to some of Scotland's northern heritage sites, the routes have something for everyone.

Sustrans is behind the creation and development of the National Cycle Network which now extends to over 12600 miles across the UK. There are over 2000 miles in Scotland and some of the most beautiful, rugged and exciting routes lie in the far north of Scotland. As well as detailed and clear route mapping, the map also contains local visitor information, cycling guidelines and local heritage information.

Map 1 - Aberdeen to Inverness & the Black Isle

The route heads from Scotland's third largest city into the rich and rolling farmlands of Aberdeenshire using a combination of minor roads and the Formartine and Buchan Way. At Banff on the Moray Firth, the route heads westwards along the varied coastline and passes the small seaside town of Nairn with its magnificent sandy beach and one of the sunniest climates in Scotland. The route goes on to the atmospheric battlefield at Culloden as it heads into Inverness, the 'capital of the Highlands'. After crossing the Beauly Firth, it meanders through the Black Isle - a peninsula with black, fertile soil and its own sheltered climate. Past the Kessock Bridge, choose between the 'summer' or 'winter' route. The former includes the historic ferry crossing from Cromarty to Nigg, but only operates in the summer. The 'winter' route is open all year round and takes you along to Dingwall, Alness and towards Tain. The map also shows the Formartine & Buchan Way, the Speyside Way and the Dava Way, plus suggestions for day rides.

Map 2 - Cromarty to Shetland

From Alness, cyclists can take in the fine views across the Cromarty Firth, visit the Glen Morangie Distillery outside Tain and see the Falls of Shin near Invershin with its occasional leaping salmon. From Lairg, the route north is one of the more beautiful but remote in Scotland with open moorland, lochs and mountains, heading up to Altnaharra and Tongue with little but the odd deer or eagle for company. The route extends through the 'flow' country' of Caithness and Sutherland where there is a rich cultural heritage - ancient cairns, archaeological remains and deserted settlements giving insight into the former residents. The northern coast is spectacular with impressive hills and huge rollers breaking onto sandy shores. After Thurso, the landscape flattens out into wide open vistas as you head towards John o'Groats with its awesome cliffs and fine views across to Orkney.

The islands of Orkney and Shetland share many characteristics, their Viking heritage is still evident through the place names and local dialects and many significant archaeological sites have survived in the sparsely populated and undisturbed landscape. The islands also boast a rich music, arts and crafts heritage and both places have been shaped by self-sustainability made necessary by island life. At these northern latitudes, all weather-gear is essential and although the islands can be windy, a strong following wind can be a blessing on a linear route!

The newly created double map details walking and cycling routes from Aberdeen to Shetland via Inverness, The Black Isle, Cromarty Firth, John o'Groats , and across the islands of Orkney and Shetland. The 491 mile route offers some cycling challenges for those of a hardy disposition or a variety of short day trips, as well as handy ways to get around everyday in both city and countryside. Whether it is an interest in the landscape and wildlife, or a visit to some of Scotland's northern heritage sites, the routes have something for everyone.

Sustrans is behind the creation and development of the National Cycle Network which now extends to over 12600 miles across the UK. There are over 2000 miles in Scotland and some of the most beautiful, rugged and exciting routes lie in the far north of Scotland. As well as detailed and clear route mapping, the map also contains local visitor information, cycling guidelines and local heritage information.'

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