This page lists any significant closures and diversions of National Cycle Network routes in Scotland that we're currently aware of.
We encourage local authorities and other statutory bodies responsible for land traversed by the National Cycle Network to use their powers to keep National Cycle Network routes open, free from obstruction & well maintained. Where routes are temporarily closed we ask that they make appropriate arrangements including appropriate directional signage (pdf) and that they provide information to the public both before and during the work. If we are notified we do our best to help by listing issues on this page and linking to the information they provide.
Ongoing, long term potential disruption (including closures)
Long term work (and the final route) on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will disrupt National Route 1 between Aberdeen and Stonehaven. The new road, and the existing National Route 1, follow fairly similar route lines in many places. There may also be disruption to National Route 195 (the Deeside Way) and National Route 1 north of Aberdeen as the route line for the new road and the National Cycle Route cross. The planned road can be seen on Openstreetmap mapping for the area. We will endeavour to provide information about closures and diversions here as we receive it (see below). Please note that in some areas the National Cycle Network follows the only quiet route available. Where diversions would lead people to cycle on much busier roads it is very likely that no National Cycle Network diversions will be signed at all, but mapping provided instead so that people can plan a suitable route based on their personal needs. It has been suggested to us that 'Park Bridge' offers a suitable river crossing (just to the south of National Route 195) - with the potential to use (mostly) quieter roads to the south/southeast of this to link between Route 195 and Route 1. We would welcome further feedback on this option from local users - some of whom have already expressed some concerns they have about this option (based on their personal use of it).
- A short diversion of Route 195 (Deeside Way) is in place at Milltimber (see map for approximate area) where the previous path has been severed. It may be necessary for those cycling to dismount and use a section of pavement.
Currently 2017 - local diversion
Both National Route 1 and Route 76, at the junction of the routes, at the north end of the Forth Road Bridge (see map), are affected by the work on the new 'Queensferry Crossing' bridge. At October 2016 if you wish to remain on the traffic free path then the use of both routes involves dismounting to walk on temporary paths. Diversion signage has usually been put in place by the contractors, but we've been informed (31 Oct 2016) with a comprehensive report by a trusted member of the public that current signage at the junction of the routes is insufficient and confusing, particularly if seeking to begin route 76 westbound. Note that much of the available mapping of this junction (including on our own website) is now out of date as major changes take place in the road network.
Cromarty ferry service (June-September)
Operation of the Cromarty to Nigg seasonal ferry (see map) resumed in 2016 (June - September). This ferry operates subject to weather conditions . To confirm operation ring Highland Ferries on 07468 417137 - or check their Facebook page or Twitter account (updated regularly). Long distance travel is also possible using the alternative Route 1 option via Dingwall. We have no information about 2017 operation.
Complete closure, January 2017
A complete closure of National Route 7 is planned "in the new year" to the west of Loch Lubnaig, south of Strathyre (see map). This is for forest road improvement works. There will be no alternative route for passage between Kilmahog (Callander) and Strathyre (Balquhidder / Lochearnhead) other than the A84 for around 9km/5.5 miles. This is a trunk road with the national speed limit and no pavements - helpful images (dated 2011) can be seen on Google Streetview (additional images: 1 2 3). We will provide an update here on dates when available. MINOR UPDATE 5 January 2017: This work may take place from 16 January 2017.
Route re-opened, January 2017
Forestry Commission Scotland had closed/diverted sections of National Route 7 in Achray Forest (see map) for forestry operations but we are informed that (at 7 January 2017) the route is now open again. It is possible that route users will still encounter forestry vehicles. You may wish to check for any updates on the Forestry Commission Scotland website page for the forest where they usually provide a map of any diversions in the forest.
National Route 73 northern section - Kilmarnock to Lochranza
We have no information about any current closures or diversions on this route.
National Route 73 southern section - Newton Stewart to Glenluce
Ongoing from 2016, bridge removed
The footbridge in Newton Stewart (see map) which was used by National Route 73 has been removed. We believe that no diversion is signed. An alternative road bridge crossing of the river is obvious approximately 400m north of the footbridge (and the route to it is relatively obvious). Note that this is the crossing used by the B7079 within Newton Stewart, not the crossing outside Newton Stewart, approximately 700m south of the footbridge, used by the A75. We do not currently have any information about any plan/timescale for the replacement of this bridge.
Complete closure of short section (urban diversion)
Scottish Canals have announced that the towpath of the Union Canal, at the Slateford Aqueduct in Edinburgh (see map) will be completely closed from 23 January 2017 for 5 weeks. Scottish Canals have published a web page to provide details. You may also find local forum discussions about potential diversion routes useful. Note that the aqueduct is high above the surrounding roads you may also wish to consult a more detailed map such as this version of Openstreetmap (the aqueduct is indicated with a marker).
There have also been several periods of complete closure of the Union Canal towpath recently west of the city centre at Fountainbridge (see map). These were announced as being over a period of 4 months from 12 September 2016 and information about the possibility of closure remains on a Scottish Canals web page.
Complete closure - ongoing
We were informed at the end of 2015 that National Route 75 across Devol Glen, Port Glasgow is closed due to a landslip. The closure is between Alderbrae Road and the access path from Mackie Avenue (see map). A second map of the closure is available (png). The diversion is about a mile long via residential roads, along Lilybank Road and back to the path on more residential streets. We have not been informed of a re-opening date, and a general indication that the closure is ongoing is on a diversions page from Inverclyde Council.
Please see information in section above.
Various, ongoing, 2017
The Almondbank Flood Protection Scheme works are being planned at Almondbank to the northwest of Perth on National Route 77 - (see map) - These have the potential to significantly disrupt the route in the local area as any closure of the path is difficult to divert around. We will update this note if more specific information is available.
A secondary diversion will also be in place in this approximate area until 30 April 2018 to allow for the construction of a bridge - see map of specific area - but we're told that this will involve minor inconvenience using a signed specially constructed path.
Ongoing - local disruption of route, 2017
While work continues at the waterfront in central Dundee there will be some disruption to National Cycle Network Route 77 - in the area (see map) between the station and the Tay Road Bridge. The overall route line here should remain clear (it follows the waterfront) but locally it may be necessary to negotiate the work in progress. Take note that the link to/from National Cycle Network Route 1 on the Tay Road Bridge here involves the use of a lift at the northwest end of the bridge.
Complete closure from 29 September 2016.
A section of the traffic-free path south of Ballachulish between Kentallen and Lagnaha (see map) has been closed, with immediate effect. This follows an inspection which suggested that there may be a risk of rock fall onto the path.
Barriers have been placed across the route at the point where it is closed. At the closest access points there are warning signs indictating that the route ahead is closed. No diversion is signed. The only available alternative route (by bicycle or on foot) is on the A828 - a busy trunk road on which speed limits of up to 50mph apply. For some of its length in the area there are no pavements. Helpful images of the A828 can be seen on Google Streetview for the area and there are further comments about this road in the main route description for the whole Oban to Fort William section.
As this situation/information is new we do not have a re-opening date. We will update this entry as we learn more information.
Potential local diversions - ongoing
Please refer to information about ongoing long term diversions, due to the building of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (and related roads), to Route 1 and Route 195 earlier on this page.