Route 75

A dedicated page lists any major route closures and diversions for the National Cycle Network in Scotland.

Route Description

This is a fantastic route which can be followed in either direction, linking Edinburgh, Glasgow and Portavadie on the Cowal peninsula. It is helpful to consider it in four sections as follows. 

1. Edinburgh to Glasgow

Route 75 travels between Edinburgh and Glasgow and this section follows dismantled railways and riverside and canal tow paths. Most of this section has easy gradients, making it suitable for families and novices.  Leaving Edinburgh the route passes through Livingston and then follows a railway path from Bathgate to Airdrie.  The route passes Coatbridge and after Uddingston, follows the River Clyde into the centre of Glasgow.

2. Glasgow to Johnstone

National Route 75 shares a stretch of National Route 7 (Lochs and Glens South section) leaving Glasgow to the southwest through Pollock Park and Paisley. 

3. Johnstone, Gourock and Dunoon

From Johnstone National Route 75 again exists in its own right, heading for Port Glasgow and Greenock.  Arriving in Gourock you have the option to take the ferry across the Firth of Clyde to Dunoon on the Cowal Penninsula. Please note that there is currently a gap in the National Cycle Network route at Devol Glen, Port Glasgow. We were informed at the end of 2015 that a complete closure is in place here 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). To bypass this closure requires roughly a mile long diversion via residential roads, along Lilybank Road and back to the path on more residential streets - but unfortunately this involves a very significant hill (down and up again). Google Streetview images of the area are helpful (showing the hill). 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

3. Dunoon to Portavadie

At Dunoon, Route 75 travels on road across the Cowal peninsula to the Portavadie ferry terminal. From here take another ferry service to link up with Route 78, The Caledonia Way.

Route Details

Distance: 114 miles

Type: Largely traffic free.  All on road between Dunoon and Portavadie

Things to see and do

  • Plains Country Park
  • Polkemmet Country Park
  • Bogburn Flood Lagoons Nature Reserve
  • Blawthorn Moss National Nature Reserve
  • Central Scottish Forest

Related maps

Sometimes the National Cycle Network is temporarily closed or diverted. See our Route Closures and Diversions page for any issues on Route 75.

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National Route 75 of the National Cycle Network connects Leith in east Edinburgh with Portavadie on the Cowall Peninsula in Argyll, via Glasgow and using the ferry between Gourock and Dunoon.