Ellon Road, Bridge of Don, nr. Aberdeen

OS 1937-61
Modern Map
Date opened/built:



1.68 miles (2.71kms).


6-ft (1.83m).

Adjoining footway:

Yes, say period sources and maps, but not evident on east side of road today.

Road type:

Rural arterial road.


Modern asphalt.

Both sides of road:


Adjacent to social housing:


Period mapping:

OS 1:1,250, surveyed 1955, published 1956 https://maps.nls.uk/view/130360607 OS 1:1,250, surveyed 1966, published 1966 https://maps.nls.uk/view/130360643 OS, 1:2,500 surveyed 1962, published 1962 https://maps.nls.uk/view/130188356 OS 1:1,250, surveyed 1962, published 1963 https://maps.nls.uk/view/130188359 OS 1:1,250, surveyed 1962, published 1963 https://maps.nls.uk/view/130188362

OpenCycleMap status:

Period maps, newspaper reports.

Cyclist on the Ellon Road shared-use path.

According to a 1937 newspaper report there was to be a widened road from the Bridge of Don, north of Aberdeen, to Murcar, a distance of two miles.

“The 100-foot width allows for two twenty-two-foot carriage-ways, two cycle tracks and two footpaths,” promised the report, adding that “work will start this year.”

However, a report in a different newspaper two years later said the road had yet to be widened, although once finished it would be a “paradise for motorists.”

“Imagine,” imagined the newspaper, “a roadway where high average speeds will be possible without incurring a single risk. Motorists will tell you there is no such place. Agree. But there will be, encircling the east coast of Scotland, within the space of a comparatively few years.”

Aberdeen People’s Journal said the road would have “dual carriageways, each 22 ft. wide, with cycle tracks and spacious footpaths.”

Large scale period maps show that the road, with its cycle tracks and footways, existed by the mid-1950s so it was likely to have been built in about 1940.


“The 100-foot width ... Aberdeen Press and Journal, 17 May 1937.

Aberdeen People’s Journal said the ... Aberdeen People’s Journal, 18 February 1939.

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