Route News and NCN20

National Cycle Network 20th Anniversary

In 2015 Sustrans is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network (#Celebrate20). There will be a number of events and activities taking place throughout the year - see here for all the latest from across the UK.

There will also be some distinctly Scottish activities taking place too.

The Year of Food and Drink

Fortuitously, 2015 is also the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland – a chance to highlight, celebrate and promote Scotland's natural larder and quality produce. Cyclists and food - what a great combination! Each month has a different theme and over the course of the year we will highlight places where you can get Scottish food on or within easy reach of the National Cycle Network in Scotland.

*(Disclaimer - Sadly, we have not been able to sample all the food establishments listed below! Some have been recommended by our staff and volunteers. Others we have selected because of their proximity to the National Cycle Network. If you would like to suggest other places, please email or post on the Sustrans Scotland Facebook page or Twitter account.) 

January - Traditional Foods, the National Cycle Network .... and Robert Burns 

The theme for January is Traditional Foods – see below for shops, restaurants, cafes and markets where you can find them. 

Route 1 - The Angus Farmers' Market, High Street, Montrose. First Saturday of every month, from 9am to 1pm. Sells local foods, including Highland beef, fresh fish, seafood and seasonal vegetables. 

Route 1 - Allarburn Farm Shop, Edgar Road, Elgin. Sells the farm's potatoes, neeps, cabbage and carrots, plus meat, baking, cheese and oatcakes. 

Route 1 - Ashers Bakery, shops and cafes in Nairn and around Moray Firth area. Range of bakery goods and sandwiches, including traditional fare such as scotch pies, steak pies, morning rolls, butteries and pancakes.

Routes 75 and 756 - The Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Serves many Scottish favourites, including porridge, haggis, mince and tatties, smoked fish and Cullen Skink. 25 varieties of tea and lots of cake - while enjoying the Charles Rennie Mackintosh design.

Routes 76 & 754 - Pardovan Farm Shop, Pardovan Holdings, near Philpston, Linlithgow. Scottish and local products, including beef and lamb reared on the family farm and local dairy products. 

Route 77 - The Bankfoot Inn, Bankfoot, Perthshire. Traditional food, local ales and folk music nights by the fire.

Route 77 - The Pitcairngreen Inn, Pitcairngreen, near Perth. Haggis, neeps and tatties and steak and ale pie on the menu.

Routes 1 and 75 - Cranachan & Crowdie, Cannongate, Edinburgh. Shop selling fine Scottish food and drink, including shortbread, oatcakes, Selkirk Bannocks and Black Bun.  

(NOTE: the shop is closed most of January and reopens on 31 January)

And Robert Burns ....?

Haggis, neeps and tatties are the traditional fare for Burns’ Night dinners to celebrate the birthday of Scotland's National Poet on 25 January. 

Burns's good friend, Maria Riddell, wrote of Burns in her memoirs:

"...Such was the irresistible power of attraction that encircled him, though his appearance and manner were always peculiar, he never failed to delight and excel.

Such thoughts set us up well for next month’s Food and Drink theme – Romantic Foods. Please send your suggestions for places on or near the National Cycle Network where you can get romantic foods or eat in romantic surroundings to We will put all good suggestions on the Sustrans website. 

For a cycle trip with some strong (and some tenous!) links between Burns and the National Cycle Network, try the route under Related Documents - Following in the footsteps of Robert Burns on the National Cycle Network.