National Cycle Network routes in South West Scotland

Perfect for exploring the beauty of Scotland's west coast or everyday journeys, plan a journey along National Cycle Network routes in Dumfries and Galloway, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire.

National Route 7

Wind through the countryside and coastlines of Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

National Cycle Network route 7 in the South East of Scotland is both a well-used commuting route and a great opportunity to discover some of Scotland's hidden gems.

Heading north, National Cycle Network Route 7 passes through the towns of Gretna, Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart before crossing scenic Glen Trool Forest.

After reaching the Ayr, Route 7 joins the mostly traffic-free Ayrshire Coast Cycle Route through Troon and Irvine, before turning inland towards the bustling city of Glasgow.

Please note: there are short gaps in National Cycle Network Route 7 south of Ayr, south of Castle Douglas and three short gaps between Gretna and Dumfries.  

National Route 73

National Cycle Network Route 73 is broken into two distinct sections- north and south.

The northern section connects the busy town of Kilmarnock to the ferry terminal at Ardrossan via a mixture of traffic-free railway paths and quiet road sections.

Catch the ferry to continue along the route on the beautiful Isle of Arran. Here, you can catch another ferry to Claonaig and link with The Caledonia Way. 

The southern part of National Cycle Network Route 73 connects Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway with Wigtown, Glenluce and the coastal town of Stranraer at the base of Loch Ryan.

Please note: there is a short gap in National Cycle Network Route 73 at Glen of Luce.  

National Route 753 (South)

National Cycle Network Route 753 is a traffic-free, coastal route linking Seamill and Ardrossan.

At Ardrossan, the route joins the alignment of National Cycle Network Route 73.


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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