The A975 is an eastern loop off the A90 between Aberdeen and Peterhead, providing a much slower coastal alternative to that road. It is on a largely SW/NE alignment, wholly within the historic county of Aberdeenshire, and passes through only two places of any size.
Originally numbered B9005 (whose western end was about a mile further north), the A975 came into existence in the mid-1920s.
Newburgh – Cruden Bay
From its southern end, the A975 starts at a junction accessible only from the northbound A90 (and minor country roads) approximately 11 miles north of Aberdeen. (Traffic from Ellon is expected to turn off onto the B9000 instead.) A slip road leading onto the southbound A90 is also available. In a couple of miles the large village of Newburgh is reached, where the B9000 turns off to the left for Pitmedden on the far side of the A90. On the far side of town we reach the west bank of the River Ythan and the town quay, now a housing development.
Approaching Nether Brownhill
The river is soon crossed, then the east bank is followed for about a mile as the road passes by the sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve, a large dune system. The end of the reserve is marked by the B9003 to the right for the small harbour village of Collieston, then our road continues its scenic way. Though it is on the whole fairly twisty, there is on this stretch a noteworthy straight nearly two miles long, before a few more bends bring us to Cruden Bay, the other large village on the route. The Great North of Scotland Railway branch from Ellon to Boddam reached the coast here, where the company built a large and luxurious hotel. As this was about half a mile from the station, the two were linked by an electric tramway to ferry guests. Tramway, hotel and railway have long since gone, and the most notable thing about Cruden Bay now is the ruined Slains Castle on the cliff-top just northeast of the village, once visited by Bram Stoker and possibly the inspiration for his Dracula story.
The A975 is now on its final two miles, and after some spectacular cliffs we reach the A90 again, 5 miles south of Peterhead.