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Kincardineshire
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Aberdeen • Aberdeenshire
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Aberdeenshire • Angus
Transport Scotland Roads
A90

Kincardineshire is a small traditional county on the east coast of Scotland. It is perhaps one of the least memorable of the northern counties, having had no council since 1975, and now mostly falling under the control of Aberdeenshire Council. It also doesn't take its name from the county town (Stonehaven), but instead from a place called Kincardine, which effectively ceased to exist in the middle ages.

Geography & Economy

The A92 enters the county from Angus

The county has a wide, fertile coastal strip which includes most of the towns and villages, lying scattered amongst the farmland. The northern county border follows the River Dee out of Aberdeen, meaning that a significant part of the city falls in Kincardineshire. The town of Banchory, which lies on the north bank of the river, is also in the county, and is one of its larger towns. The interior of the county is hillier and sparsely populated, with forestry and grouse moors covering many of the slopes.

Stonehaven has long been an important fishing port, but its proximity to Aberdeen has meant that in recent years it has been swept up in the North Sea oil boom. Banchory too is in the commuter belt, although it has a somewhat more genteel air, having originally gained favour by being on 'Royal Deeside', so loved by Queen Victoria. The fortunes of the county, with the recent problems in the oil industry, are now uncertain, but the older industries that have survived, farming and tourism should help maintain much of the prosperity.

Roads

Cairn o'Mount blocked by snow

Most of the road network lies along the coastal zone or Deeside, where a good network of B and unclassified roads exist, supporting the main A90, A92 and A93 routes. In the upland west of the county, there is essentially just the one road, the B974 Cairn o'Mount route which is an old military road crossing the hills from Fettercairn to Deeside.

Most non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by Aberdeenshire Council, although the urban area south of Aberdeen falls under Aberdeen Council. The only trunk route in the county is the A90, and it is managed by Transport Scotland. Construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is now underway, and will see big changes to the road network between Stonehaven and Aberdeen. The A90 will be re-routed, but other changes are yet to be confirmed.

Route From To Length
A90 Edinburgh Fraserburgh 176 miles View
A92 Dunfermline Stonehaven 89 miles View
A93 Aberdeen Perth 110 miles View
A93/History Perth Aberdeen 110 miles View
A937 Laurencekirk Montrose 9.9 miles View
A943 Banchory Bridge of Dee 16.6 miles View
A956 Charlestown Bridge of Don 7.2 miles View
A957 Glasslaw Bridge Crathes 14.848 miles View
A980 Banchory Alford 20.6 miles View
Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route Charlestown Interchange, Cove Bay Blackdog Junction 22 miles View
Angus Coastal Tourist Route Dundee Stonehaven 58 miles View
B9077 Aberdeen Crathes 13.7 miles View
B9120 Fettercairn Lauriston, nr St Cyrus 9.4 miles View
B966 Brechin Fordoun 18.7 miles View
B967 Fordoun Inverbervie 5.995 miles View
B974 Marykirk Banchory 22.861 miles View
B976 Strachan Gairnshiel Lodge 35.801 miles View
B976 Banchory Alford 20.6 miles View
B977 Raemoir House Balmedie 27.7 miles View
B978 Stonehaven Banchory 13.9 miles View
B979 Stonehaven Belscamphie 34.0 miles View
B981 Maryculter Bridge Milltimber 0.8 miles View
B982 Marywell Aberdeen 4.3 miles View
Deeside Tourist Route Perth Aberdeen 107 miles View
E120 Perth Perth 303 miles View
1 Dover Norwick View
Coastal Trail St Cyrus Forres 166 miles View
T30 Perth Inverness View 

Key

Motorway
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
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route



Kincardineshire
RoadsA90 • A92 • A93 • A93/History • A937 • A943 • A956 • A957 • A980 • Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route • Angus Coastal Tourist Route • B9077 • B9120 • B966 • B967 • B974 • B976 • B976 (Banchory - Alford) • B977 • B978 (Stonehaven - Banchory) • B979 • B981 (Peterculter) • B982 • Deeside Tourist Route • E120 (Old System) • NCN1 • North East Coastal Trail • T30 (Britain)
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