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.
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.
- A short diversion of Route 195 (Deeside Way) is currently (June 2016) in place at Milltimber (see map for approximate area). It may be necessary for those cycling to dismount and use a section of pavement.
Current 2016 - local diversion
A section of traffic-free path north of Montrose (see map) is currently closed during land redevelopment work. We are told that a local diversion has been signed (although only for northbound users at present) - but additional information is available at the fence closing the route. The surface on the diverted path is not ideal - we are told that improvements had been expected to this new path. The diversion route has been mapped by Openstreetmap contributors (see map).
Cromarty ferry service resumed (June-September 2016)
Operation of the Cromarty to Nigg seasonal ferry (see map) has resumed. This ferry operates in the summertime, subject to weather conditions (June to September). To confirm operation ring Highland Ferries on 07468 417137. Long distance travel is also possible using the alternative Route 1 option via Dingwall.
August disruption in city centre
Cycling on George Street in Edinburgh city centre, which is utilised by both National Route 1 and National Route 75, is currently suffering significant disruption due to activity associated with the Edinburgh Festival/Fringe. This is likely to last for the whole of August. No diversions are provided and in parts the street may be impassible or impractical to cycle. It was intended (by Edinburgh City Council) that the street should remain open for cycling, however local users and local Sustrans staff have reported major issues.
Closure from 30 August 2016 to Easter 2017
Forestry Commission Scotland have provided notice that a section of National Route 7 in Achray Forest (see map) will be closed by forestry operations from 30 August 2016 until 'Easter' 2017. A diversion should be signed, although please note that this is onto the A821. Brief information is available on the Forestry Commission Scotland website page for the forest and they have provided a (pdf) map of the diversion.
Minor diversions until 27 May 2016
The cycleway carrying National Route 7 beneath a bridge at Dyke Road, Yoker (see map) has been closed while major work is undertaken by Scottish Water. Re-opening has been delayed and is currently scheduled for 27 May 2016. Some further information is available from Dumbarton Road Corridor Environmental Trust. A short local diversion is signed. (We've left this information listed because we have not had a confirmation that the work is complete).
Potential disruption Summer 2016
Due to the Open golf Championship being held in Troon in July some disruption of the nearby National Route 7 is expected. Currently (9 June 2016) we understand that a local diversion is in place at the southern end of the promenade in Troon (see map). We have been informed of a number of issues with the diversion, and at this stage are not clear whether these have been resolved. We will update this entry as more information is received, and as the event takes place.
Local diversion, 13 August 2016
An event will lead to a local diversion to Route 7 in Dumfries close to the river (Dock Park). We understand that a simple alternative route is available on the west side of the river, accessed using the footbridges. We understand that pedestrian access will be maintained.
Complete closure, Summer 2016
A key footbridge (see map) in Dumfries is closed for maintenance - scheduled re-opening 23 September 2016. Further information is available here. Alternative bridges are available approximately 250m south, although their use will involve cycling on more major roads or walking on the pavement.
Running event, 21 August 2016
We've been informed that a running event is taking place around Paisley on 21 August 2016, and that this will use the traffic-free path which forms National Route 7 for a stretch in Paisley (see map) - specifically from Baronscourt to Camphill Brae.
National Route 73 northern section - Kilmarnock to Lochranza
Ongoing 2016, complete closure (local diversion)
The section of National Route 73 which links Saltcoats and Stevenston (see map) is completely closed until further notice. Reopening was originally scheduled for February 2016, but this has been delayed. We have not been informed of a revised date. A diversion is signed using the B780 (which is a relatively busy urban road). Some unsigned rough footways and sections of shared-use pavement in the area can be used to reduce the distance cycled on road.
National Route 73 southern section - Newton Stewart to Glenluce
Ongoing 2016, bridge closure
The footbridge in Newton Stewart (see map) which is used by National Route 73 is currently closed. We believe that no diversion is currently 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.
Complete closure, until Summer/Autumn 2016
A section of National Route 75 (the Clyde Walkway) is completely closed west of Glasgow City Centre, with re-opening unlikely in the short term. This is to enable construction of a bridge over the Clyde to the Cuningar Loop. We have some indication of a likely re-opening date of summer/autumn 2016. A diversion route is signed using local roads for approximately 2km - between Cairncraig street (see map) and Dalmarnock Road (see map).
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 map of a diversion 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.
Various, ongoing, 2016
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.
Ongoing - local disruption of route, 2016
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.
We have no information about any current diversions or closures on this route.
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.