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Other Important Destinations
Banff • Buckie • Dufftown • Keith
Current Highway Authorities
Aberdeenshire Council • Moray Council
Aberdeenshire • Inverness-shire • Moray
Transport Scotland Roads
A95 • A96

The historic county of Banffshire lies between Moray and Aberdeenshire in the North East of Scotland. It is a long, thin county, almost split in to two pieces at Keith, and now administered by council areas named after its two neighbours, as it is currently covered by Moray Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

Geography & Economy

Banff Bridge on the A98

The county is not just squeezed in shape at Keith, its character also changes. To the north is the wide, fertile coastal plain, with a rugged coastline of sandy bays, cliffs and quaint fishing villages. To the south, the foothills of the Cairngorms rise up from Strathspey to some of the country's highest peaks. The picturesque coast and mountains to the south both draw tourists, but more come for the famous distilleries of Speyside, Dufftown sometimes being referred to as the Whisky Capital, with half a dozen active distilleries in the town, and many more active and closed in the surrounding area.

The ports of Banff / Macduff and Buckie are still busy places, with large industrial areas, whilst the smaller villages in between are quieter these days, and mix fishing with marinas and tourism. The county is perhaps less prosperous than its neighbours, not being close enough to either Aberdeen or Inverness to benefit from their growth, but the A96 and railway line through Keith do offer commuting options.


The Lecht on the A939

The north of the county is well served by a network of A, B and unclassified roads. However, in the south of the county roads are fewer and further between, winding their way through the glens and climbing over the passes of the Cairngorms. The A939 in particular is a proper mountain road which is often closed in winter months, although the whole county is susceptible to snow in the winter.

All non trunk roads in the county are maintained by either Moray Council or Aberdeenshire Council. The Trunk roads, which include the A96 and most of the A95 are managed by Transport Scotland. Plans to upgrade the A96 to dual carriageway may eventually see a bypass of Keith, although this is likely to be the last section to be completed, as it carries the least through traffic, sometime in the 2030s.

A curiosity is that West Cathcart Street in Buckie, which is an unclassified residential street and passes two of the town's schools, but has no through traffic significance, is Britain's most northerly dual carriageway.

Route From To Length


A95 Aviemore (N) Boyndie (SW) 63 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
A920 Dufftown Keith 10.1 miles View
A939 Nairn Ballater 59.6 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
A942 Tollbar, Buckie Cullen (W) 6.8 miles View
A947 Bucksburn Banff 40.7 miles View
A953 Banff Banff Harbour 0.19 miles View
A990 Broadley Seatown, Buckie 3.5 miles View   
B975 Low Road Station Road 0.4 miles View
B9002 Mill of Carden Elrick 22.7 miles View
B9002 Rhynie Elrick 5.9 miles View
B9008 Tomintoul Bridge of Avon 13.4 miles View
B9009 Dufftown Auchbreck 10.6 miles View
B9013 Craigellachie Lumsden 21.5 miles View
B9014 Dufftown Keith 10.1 miles View
B9014 Dufftown Huntly 12.2 miles View
B9016 Aultmore Broadley 6.8 miles View
B9017 Aultmore Montgrew 2.9 miles View
B9018 Cullen Davoch of Grange(W) 10.2 miles View
B9019 Seafield Street Portsoy New Harbour 0.33 miles View
B9019 Ianstown Portknockie (S) 5.1 miles View
B9020 School Hill, Findochty Station Road, Findochty 0.5 miles View
B9021 Station Road Harbour 0.3 miles View
B9022 Huntly Portsoy 16.6 miles View
B9023 Brodiesord Aberchirder 6.665 miles View
B9024 Glen Dronach Turriff 8.2 miles View
B9025 Broadley Bridge Turriff 13.5 miles View
B9026 Macduff Gellyhill 1.099 miles View
B9031 Fraserburgh Macduff(E) 20.4 miles View
B9038 Whitehills Inverboyndie 1.189 miles View
B9103 Lossiemouth Mulben 16.2 miles View
B9115 Drummuir Coachford (W) 4.2 miles View
B9116 Keith Newmill 1.3 miles View
B9117 Farmtown Marnoch 8.0 miles View
B9118 Woodside Milltown of Rothiemay 1.6 miles View
B9121 Scotston (NW) Whitehills 9.293 miles View
B9123 Dubford Gardenstown 1.499 miles View
B9136 Urlarmore Glenlivet 8.7 miles View
B9137 Bridge of Avon Cragganmore 0.8 miles View
B9138 Marypark Scootmore Forest 1.0 mile View
B9139 Portsoy Inverboyndie 4.606 miles View
B9142 Collie Road Banff Bridge 0.709 miles View    
C104L Commercial Street Blantyre Terrace 0.1 miles View
C111L View
C15L Scatterty Ashogle 2.5 miles View
C23L Dubford Bridge of Logie 2.0 miles View
T30 Perth Inverness View
T100 Aberdeen Fochabers 55.3 miles View


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


Main Article: Junctions in Banffshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Banffshire

NCN1 • A95 • A96 • A97 • A98 • A920 • A920 (Dufftown - Keith) • A939 • A939/Grantown-on-Spey - Cock Bridge • A939/route • A941 • A942 • A947 • A953 • A990 • B975 • B9002 • B9002 (Rhynie - Elrick) • B9008 • B9009 • B9013 (Dufftown) • B9014 • B9014 (Dufftown - Huntly) • B9016 • B9017 • B9018 • B9019 • B9019 (Buckie - Portknockie) • B9020 • B9021 • B9022 • B9023 • B9024 • B9025 • B9026 • B9031 • B9038 • B9103 • B9115 • B9116 • B9117 • B9118 • B9121 • B9123 • B9136 • B9137 • B9138 • B9139 • B9142 • C104L (Moray) • C111L (Aberdeenshire) • C15L (Aberdeenshire) • C23L (Aberdeenshire) • E120 (Old System) • Highland Tourist Route • North East 250 • North East Coastal Trail • T30 (Britain) • T100 (Britain)
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