Sustrans is constantly working to maintain, upgrade and develop the National Cycle Network (NCN). Here are some of the latest or current developments in Scotland.
Route 78 - The Caledonia Way was officially launched in October 2015. This 237 mile route runs from Cambeltown to Inverness.The section of Route 78 between Oban and Fort William is one the biggest engineering projects that Sustrans has undertaken and contains miles of purpose-built, traffic-free path along the spectacular west coast of Scotland. The route between Fort William and Inverness travels through the Great Glen on a mix of traffic-free path and quiet roads, including a new path along the old railway line to the south of Loch Oich and shared-use path on the road from Dores towards Inverness, which were both constucted by Transport Scotland.
Route 780 - The Hebridean Way cycle route was also launched in 2015. This is a 150 mile, on-road, cycling odyssey up the length of the Outer Hebrides on the Atlantic edge of Scotland. The route was developed by the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) and Scottish Natural Heritage.
Route 7 - Strathyre to Kingshouse, part of Lochs and Glens North. In 2014 Sustrans completed a two-mile new path along the old railway line. This removed the need for the route to follow the road for five miles via Balquhidder and provides an almost entirely traffic-free route from Callander to Killin.
Route 755 - The Strathkelvin Way. Currently Route 755 runs on the Strathkelvin Railway Path between Strathblane and Kirkintilloch. Work is underway to extend the route southwards from Kirkintilloch to Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge and the extension should be open in 2016.
Route 765 - Doune to Callander. Route 765 is now signed from Stirling Railway Station, through Bridge of Allan and Dunblane, to the village of Doune. Negotiations continue to extend the route from Doune to Callander.
Route 76 - Stirling to Manor Powis Roundabout. Discussions are underway to find a way to take cyclists off the A907 heading from Stirling to the Manor Powis roundabout and the start of the traffic-free route to Tullibody and Cambus.
The National Cycle Network forms a key part of the National Walking and Cycling Network, which has been designated by the Scottish Government as a national development under National Planning Framework 3. The action plan incorporates all proposed, future NCN routes and we already working with partners on a number of schemes in 2015/16.
Many of these infrastructure projects are funded through our Community Links Programme, a grant scheme run by Sustrans Scotland. We match-fund partner organisations to create cycling and walking infrastructure for everyday journeys. The funding is provided by the Transport Scotland team in the Scottish Government.