National Cycle Network in Scotland

The National Cycle Network (NCN) comprises over 14000 miles (22,530 km) of signed and promoted cycle routes across the UK, of which approximately 2100 miles (3,379 km) are in Scotland.  The Network provides long-distance cycling opportunities, but also important community links to encourage everyday journeys to be made sustainably. Click here to view a map of the National Cycle Network in Scotland.

Typically, NCN routes follow traffic-free paths; minor or traffic-calmed roads; segregated routes through towns and redetermined rural footways.  In Scotland, there are over 500 miles of traffic-free walking and cycling routes on railway paths, canal towpaths and forest trails. Where there is no practical alternative, the NCN may interface with or cross trunk roads with the agreement of Transport Scotland.

Navigating the Network

Routes that are part of the National Cycle Network are identified by blue cycle route signs with red number patches.

For example:




Click here for more information about cycle signs and road markings.

Click the links below for information about: