National Cycle Network routes in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders

Connecting Scotland's capital and the surrounding areas of Midlothian, West Lothian, East Lothian and Scottish Borders, National Cycle Network routes in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders are perfect for everyday journeys and exploring the area's beautiful landscapes and rich history.

National Route 1

Part of the long-distance Coasts and Castles route spanning the United Kingdom, National Cycle Network Route 1 connects Midlothian to the Forth Road Bridge.

Running through the heart of Edinburgh along traffic-free paths and quiet roads, Route 1 is both a vital commuting link and a great chance for the whole family to escape the bustle of Scotland's capital. 

National Route 75

Running along a mixture of traffic-free riverside path, quiet roads and railway paths, Route 75 links Scotland’s two largest cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow via the towns of Currie, Bathgate and Livingston.

Along the route, visit the UK’s largest continuous mural at the Colinton Tunnel to the west of Edinburgh, or head north along the traffic-free North Edinburgh path to explore the shore at Leith.

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National Route 76

Tracing the south banks of the Forth Estuary, Route 76 connects Edinburgh to the commuting towns of Musselburgh and Haddington in the east.

It continues westerly towards Stirling past Dalmeny Estate and Blackness Castle; instantly recognisable in the imposing shadows of the Forth Bridges.   

National Route 196

A mostly traffic-free route along leafy railway paths and quiet roads, Route 196 connects the market town of Haddington in East Lothian to Penicuik in Midlothian.

Winding past the Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery and the famous Roslyn Chapel, the route also links to Route 1 south of Edinburgh. 

National Route 754

Running entirely along the traffic-free towpath alongside the Union Canal, Route 754 links Edinburgh to the historic towns of Linlithgow and Falkirk, before joining the Forth & Clyde towpath at the spectacular Falkirk Wheel.

Plan your journey along the canals with our route itineraries and day trips on the VisitScotland website.


Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk.

To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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