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 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 the traffic-free path north of Montrose (see map) has been diverted - possibly permanently. We believe that route signage has been altered for northbound users, but for southbound users was confusing. The surface on the diverted path is not ideal - we are told that improvements had been expected to this new path before the change was introduced.
Cromarty ferry service resumed (June-September 2016)
Operation of the Cromarty to Nigg seasonal ferry (see map) has resumed for 2016. This ferry operates in the summertime, subject to weather conditions (June to September). 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, approx 1 week from 26 September 2016 - NOW REOPENED
We believe that this diversion has now been removed and the main path reopened
Closure until Easter 2017
Forestry Commission Scotland have closed a section of National Route 7 in Achray Forest (see map) for forestry operations 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. Google Streetview shows helpful images of the A821.
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).
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 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 of short section (urban diversion), possible from 12 September
Several periods of complete closure are planned for a short section of the Union Canal towpath at Fountainbridge (west of the city centre - see map). We understand that these will be over a period of 4 months from 12 September 2016). Ongoing information is provided by Scottish Canals on their website - and we understand that the closures will be for a period of 4 days, then later 10 days, and then finally for 10 weeks. No diversion is signed (a map is provided at the closure). Note that the map on the Scottish Canals website indicates a walking route (on the pavement). Note also that there may be temporary traffic signals in place on Dundee Street, and a closure of the carriageway (not pavement) of Viewforth.
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 (although it was confirmed to still be closed at 30 August 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.
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.