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Primary Destinations
Aberdeen • Braemar • Fraserburgh • Peterhead
Other Important Destinations
Aberdeen Airport • Aboyne • Alford • Ballater • Huntly • Inverurie
Current Highway Authorities
Aberdeen • Aberdeenshire Council
Banffshire • Inverness-shire • Kincardineshire • Perthshire
Transport Scotland Roads
A90 • A96
This article is about the County.
For the Highway Authority, see Aberdeenshire Council

The historic county of Aberdeenshire covers much of north-east Scotland, around the city of Aberdeen, but is considerably smaller than the area covered by the modern Aberdeenshire Council. The modern administrative area also includes Kincardineshire and part of Banffshire, whilst not including the city of Aberdeen.

Geography & Economy

The B999 near Pitmedden

The large county of Aberdeenshire stretches from the North Sea to the highest peak in the Cairngorms, taking in the scenic Strathdon and Deeside, as well as the wide coastal plain of North East Scotland. It is a varied landscape, with beaches and high sea cliffs along the coast contrasting with beaches and cliffs around the high lochs of the mountains! The coastal plain, like in neighbouring counties, is fertile farmland which helps sustain a number of food industries in the region. Fishing is also an important business, from the ports of Fraserburgh and Peterhead, although it is the North Sea oil boom that has provided a significant impact on the local economy in the last few decades.

The south west of the county stretches into the mountains above Deeside, and is a popular tourist destination, whether for hill climbers or those seeking out the sights and landmarks favoured by Queen Victoria near Balmoral. Strathdon to the north is equally scenic, although perhaps overlooked and so quieter for the visitors that do find it. In winter months, ski centres on the county boundaries are popular destinations, and other adventure pursuits are catered for further east in warmer months.


The old bridge of Dee at Invercauld

The majority of the county has a dense network of A, B and unclassified roads connecting the towns and villages. It is only in the mountainous south west where the side roads disappear and the network is reduced to the A93, A939 and a couple of B roads. A series of fine bridges span the two main rivers, the Dee and Don, some having royal patronage, others dating back to the military roads of Major Caulfeild, or Thomas Telfords commission on Highland roads and bridges.

All of the non trunk roads in the county are maintained by either Aberdeenshire Council or Aberdeen Council. The trunk routes, which are the A90 and A96 are managed by Transport Scotland. The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route was opened in stages in 2018 and 2019, and saw significant changes to the road network around the city. The A90 was rerouted along it, and the old route reverted to A92,which it had been before A90 was extended north in the 1990s.

Several A roads were downgraded to B roads in 1973 or 1974; there were A973, A974, A979, and large parts of A948 and A981. Conversely, most of B9000 and all of B9004 and B9014 were upgraded to become A920.

Route From To Length


A90 Edinburgh Fraserburgh 146 miles View
A92 Dunfermline Blackdog 111 miles View
A93 Perth Aberdeen 108.3 miles View
A96 Inverness Aberdeen 101.5 miles View
A97 Dinnet Banff 56.1 miles View
A98 Fraserburgh Fochabers 51.1 miles View
A920 Dufftown Ellon 46.1 miles View
A939 Nairn Ballater 59.6 miles View
A939 Cock Bridge Ballater 13.5 miles View
A939 Grantown on Spey Cock Bridge 21.5 miles View
A939 Nairn Ballater 59.6 miles View
A941 Lossiemouth Rhynie 41 miles View
A944 Aberdeen Colnabaichin 50.3 miles View
A945 Bridge of Dee Aberdeen 1.4 miles View
A946 Kittybrewster Aberdeen Docks 1.2 miles View
A947 Bucksburn Banff 40.7 miles View
A948 Ellon New Deer 13 miles View
A949 Toll of Birness Peterhead 12.6 miles View
A950 Peterhead New Pitsilgo (NW) 19.224 miles View
A951 Queen Street Kirk Street 0.3 miles View
A952 Toll of Birness Rathen 16 miles View
A956 Cleanhill Bridge of Don 11.2 miles View
A973 Crathie Potarch 25.0 miles View
A974 Westhill Ordie 27.8 miles View
A975 Newburgh Cruden Bay 15.1 miles View
A978 Old Aberdeen Holburn Junction, Aberdeen 2.8 miles View
A979 Oyne Gartly 13.0 miles View
A980 Banchory Alford 20.6 miles View
A981 New Deer Fraserburgh 15.437 miles View
A982 Invernettie Waterside 3.394 miles View
A9011 Westgrove Drive Stockethill 0.9 miles View
A9012 Ashgrove Northfield 0.5 miles View
A9013 Bridge of Dee Aberdeen 2.3 miles View
A9103 Bridge of Dee Aberdeen 1 mile View
A9119 Aberdeen Kingswells 4.1 miles View  
B968 Aboyne Birsemore 0.819 miles View
B969 Balmoral Gairnshiel Bridge 4.8 miles View
B971 Tullich Road South Deeside Road 0.1 miles View
B972 Milton of Tullich Bridge of Gairn 1.8 miles View
B973 Kinellar Roundabout Clinterty Roundabout 1.02 miles View
B973 Corgarff Forbestown 8.1 miles View
B974 Cambus o'May West Kingsford, nr Westhill 27.6 miles View
B975 Kincardine O'Neil Millbank 10.0 miles View
B976 Strachan Gairnshiel Lodge 35.801 miles View
B976 Banchory Alford 20.6 miles View
B977 Raemoir House Rashiereve 32.2 miles View
B979 Stonehaven Belscamphie 34.0 miles View
B980 Peterculter Blackburn 9.1 miles View
B981 Maryculter Bridge Milltimber 0.8 miles View
B982 Marywell Aberdeen 4.3 miles View
B982 Kirkton of Oyne Gartly 13 miles View
B983 North Esplanade West Woolmanhill Roundabout 1.0 mile View
B983 Wapping Street North Anderson Drive 2.0 miles View
B984 Craibstone Roundabout Dyce Drive 0.4 miles View
B984 Mastrick Bucksburn 2.2 miles View
B985 Great Southern Road Coast Road 2.3 miles View
B985 Queen's Road Nicholas Street 1.1 miles View
B985 Union Street Westburn Road 0.7 miles View
B986 Wapping Street North Anderson Drive 2.6 miles View
B987 Tavelty junction Broomhill roundabout 1.9 miles View
B987 Holburn Street Market Street 1.0 mile View
B988 The Parkway St Machar Drive 1.5 miles View
B988 Union Street Commerce Street 0.1 miles View
B989 Berryden Road Causewayend 0.4 miles View
B990 West North Street, Aberdeen King Street, Aberdeen 0.2 miles View
B991 King Street Great Northern Road 0.7 miles View
B991 Powis Terrace St Machar Drive 0.6 miles View
B992 Whitehouse Mains of Towie 24.4 miles View
B993 Allancreich Whiterashes 32.5 miles View
B994 Kintore Kemnay 3.5 miles View
B995 Kintore Hatton of Fintray 3.4 miles View
B996 Blackburn Elrick 6.9 miles View
B997 Bridge of Don Corsehill 4.4 miles View
B998 Newmachar Whitecairns 2.4 miles View
B999 Mundurno Wedderlairs 15.8 miles View
B9000 Newburgh Pitmedden 7.6 miles View
B9001 Bogniebrae Inverurie 22.3 miles View
B9002 Mill of Carden Elrick 22.7 miles View
B9002 Inverurie Fraserburgh 34.6 miles View
B9002 Rhynie Elrick 5.9 miles View
B9003 Cotehill crossroads Collieston 1.9 miles View
B9003 Old Meldrum Newburgh 11.8 miles View
B9004 Ellon Pitmedden 5.6 miles View
B9005 Fyvie Ellon 17.6 miles View
B9005 Foveran Cruden Bay 14.5 miles View
B9013 Craigellachie Lumsden 21.5 miles View
B9014 Dufftown Huntly 12.2 miles View
B9022 Huntly Portsoy 16.6 miles View
B9024 Glen Dronach Turriff 8.2 miles View
B9025 Broadley Bridge Turriff 13.5 miles View
B9027 Cuminestown Woods of Byth 4.7 miles View
B9028 New Deer (NE) New Deer (SE) 1.119 miles View
B9029 New Deer Old Deer 5.636 miles View
B9030 Old Deer Auchnagatt 5.406 miles View
B9031 Fraserburgh Macduff(E) 20.4 miles View
B9032 Coburty Rathen (N) 5.286 miles View
B9033 Lumbs Crossroads Fraserburgh 7.464 miles View
B9034 Cemetery Road Harbour 0.8 miles View
B9038 Corsehill Balmedie 4.8 miles View
B9077 Aberdeen Crathes 13.7 miles View
B9093 New Pitsligo Denhead 7.894 miles View
B9093 Potarch Bridge Birsemore 5.6 miles View
B9094 Tarland Aboyne 4.696 miles View
B9105 Marnonwells Latch of Cook 5.765 miles View
B9106 Nethermuir (N) Tillypestle 3.807 miles View
B9107 Scabbit Fauld Inverallochy 0.889 miles View
B9108 Stirling Village Boddam 0.899 miles View
B9115 Drummuir Coachford (W) 4.2 miles View
B9119 Westhill Cambus o' May 31.2 miles View
B9125 Garlogie The Birks 3.4 miles View
B9126 Lyne of Skene Kirkton of Skene 2.9 miles View
B9144 Blackhall Roundabout Inverurie 1 mile View
B9158 Dinnet Dinnet Bridge 0.4 miles View
B9170 Darra Inverurie 31.1 miles View
B9172 Huntly Bypass The Square 0.8 miles View
B9173 Huntly Bypass The Square 0.8 miles View
B9178 Invernettie Roundabout South Bay 1.42 km View    
C120B Myre of Bedlam Cairnbanno 2.4 miles View
C120S Upper Asleid Cairnbanno 0.5 miles View
C148B The Square North Street 0.3 miles View
C153C Drumoak Park Bridge 0.4 miles View
C21M Milltown of Campfield Bridge of Canny 2 miles View
C2B Strichen Mill of Bruxie 3.7 miles View
C2C Foveran Udny Station 4.4 miles View
T30 Perth Inverness View
T100 Aberdeen Fochabers 55.3 miles View


Primary Route
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Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route


Main Article: Junctions in Aberdeenshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Aberdeenshire

NCN1 • NCN195 • A90 • A92 • A93 • A96 • A97 • A98 • A920 • A939 • A939/Cock Bridge - Ballater • A939/Grantown-on-Spey - Cock Bridge • A939/route • A941 • A944 • A945 • A946 • A947 • A948 • A949 (Toll of Birness - Peterhead) • A950 • A951 (Peterhead) • A952 • A956 • A973 • A974 • A975 • A978 • A979 • A980 • A981 • A982 • A9011 • A9012 • A9013 • A9103 • A9119 • B968 • B969 (Balmoral) • B971 • B972 • B973 • B973 (Strathdon) • B974 (Ordie - Westhill) • B975 (Aberdeenshire) • B976 • B976 (Banchory - Alford) • B977 • B979 • B980 (Aberdeenshire) • B981 (Peterculter) • B982 (Aberdeen) • B982 (Insch) • B983 • B983 (Wapping Street - North Anderson Drive) • B984 • B984 (Mastrick - Bucksburn) • B985 • B985 (Carden Place) • B985 (Union Street - Westburn Road) • B986 • B987 • B987 (Aberdeen) • B988 • B988 (Justice Street) • B989 • B990 • B991 • B991 (Bedford Road) • B992 • B993 • B994 • B995 (Aberdeenshire) • B996 (Aberdeenshire) • B997 • B998 (Aberdeenshire) • B999 • B9000 • B9001 • B9002 • B9002 (Inverurie - Fraserburgh) • B9002 (Rhynie - Elrick) • B9003 • B9003 (Old Meldrum - Newburgh) • B9004 • B9005 • B9005 (Newburgh - Cruden Bay) • B9013 (Dufftown) • B9014 (Dufftown - Huntly) • B9022 • B9024 • B9025 • B9027 • B9028 • B9029 • B9030 • B9031 • B9032 • B9033 • B9034 • B9038 (Balmedie) • B9077 • B9093 • B9093 (Potarch - Aboyne) • B9094 • B9105 • B9106 • B9107 • B9108 • B9115 • B9119 • B9125 • B9126 • B9144 • B9158 • B9170 • B9172 • B9173 • B9178 (Peterhead) • Boothby Road • C120B (Aberdeenshire) • C120S (Aberdeenshire) • C148B (Aberdeenshire) • C153C (Aberdeenshire) • C21M (Aberdeenshire) • C2B (Aberdeenshire) • C2C (Aberdeenshire) • Deeside Tourist Route • E120 (Old System) • Glen Feshie Road • Highland Tourist Route • North East 250 • North East Coastal Trail • Snow Roads Scenic Route • T30 (Britain) • T100 (Britain)
Aberdeen • Aboyne • Alford • Ballater • Braemar • Fraserburgh • Huntly • Inverurie • Peterhead
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