|From:||Toll of Birness (NK007348)|
|Length:||16 miles (25.7 km)|
|Meets:||A90, A950, A90|
|Former Number(s):||A92, A949|
|Old route now:||A90|
|Route outline (key)|
Toll of Birness - Rathen
The road starts at the Toll of Birness at a rather nasty junction with the A90. This is an accident blackspot and desperately needs remodelling, even if it is only to a roundabout. It heads north through the rolling Aberdeenshire hills for nearly 17 miles until it rejoins the A90 at Rathen, at another poor junction although this time the A90 has to TOTSO. The only settlement of any size on the A952 is Mintlaw, roughly halfway along, where the A952 crosses the A950 at a roundabout. Other than that, it is a nice drive along a fairly quiet road through gentle scenery with no much going on. Just watch out at for the junctions at either end.
When the route from Perth to Aberdeen and Fraserburgh was renumbered to the A90 in the early 1990s, the A952 was renumbered as the A90 and the old A92 was renumbered as the A952. Therefore today, the A952 forms the inland route from Aberdeen to Fraserburgh and is signposted as such, with the trunk A90 not signposted beyond Peterhead in either direction. Nevertheless, the route through Peterhead is shown in older maps as the primary route, so the numbering today makes more sense.