Route closures and diversions

Information on closures to National Route: 1 , 7 , 73 , 75 , 77 , 78

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. 

Please let us know of any significant route diversions or closures not mentioned below.

 National Route 1 



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. 

Montrose, Angus

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)

Tentsmuir Forest, Fife

Current 2016 - ongoing, path quality 

Upgrade works on a car park at Tentsmuir Forest (see map) are scheduled for completion on 31 May 2016. Until then there may be short term localised diversions, which will be signed and promoted on site.  

 Cromarty, Highland

Ongoing - withdrawal of ferry

Details about the operation of the Cromarty to Nigg seasonal ferry (see map) are currently uncertain - and it may not run in 2016. For long distance travel it is possible to use Route 1 via Dingwall instead. Update, Spring 2016: There are some promising signs (see linked information) indicating a possible return of the ferry.


National Route 7



Local complete closure possible (4 April 2016, for 9 weeks)

In order to maintain and improve the condition of the path used by National Route 7 between Paisley Canal Street and Glengarnock, maintenance works including path resurfacing will be carried out from 4 April 2016 for approximately nine weeks. The path will remain open wherever possible but some temporary closures will be necessary to facilitate the safe delivery of the works. All works should be signed in advance and diversions signed. This map shows the approximate area covered by the work.

Route 75 patchYoker, Glasgow

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. 

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National Route 73 


National Route 73 northern section - Kilmarnock to Lochranza

Saltcoats/Stevenson, North Ayrshire 

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


National Route 73 southern section - Newton Stewart to Glenluce

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway 

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.

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National Route 75


Route 75 patchGlasgow, Clyde Walkway west of city centre 

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).

Route 75 patchPort Glasgow, Inverclyde

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.

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 National Route 77


Dundee waterfront

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.  

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National Route 78


North of Appin

Minor diversion (for 1km), May 2016

Surfacing work approximately 5km north of Appin will completely close a short section of National Route 78 (the Caledonia Way) on 16 and 17 May 2016. The section is shown in this map (link). Traffic management should be in place to provide passage on the A828 through closure of a lane on the road. Please return to this page to check for updates. 

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