The National Cycle Network in Scotland

There are approximately 1,643 miles (2,644 km) of National Cycle Network routes in Scotland, including 702 miles of traffic-free routes which use a mix of railway path, canal towpath, forest road, shared-use path, segregated cycle lanes and redetermined rural footways.

woman cycling near water in Scotland

National Cycle Network routes in Scotland

National Cycle Network routes in Scotland run through many areas of outstanding natural beauty, taking in vast forests, iconic castles, shimmering lochs, tranquil glens and spectacular coastlines. The routes provide a unique snapshot of the country’s rich history whilst also connecting all of Scotland's major cities. 

Find a route on the National Cycle Network

Network development

In Scotland, the network is promoted and developed by Sustrans in partnership with local and national roads and planning authorities, Transport Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Canals, NatureScot, National Park Authorities, landowners and other bodies. You can find our latest plans in Paths for Everyone.

Closures and diversions

Our Route Closures and Diversions page notes any major issues affecting National Cycle Network routes in Scotland. Please contact with any information relating to closures or diversions along the Network


Sustrans commissions various artworks and interpretation projects along the National Cycle Network.

ArtRoots-funded project at St Fillans, Perth and Kinross, near National Cycle Network Route 7.

The ArtRoots fund which provides grants to communities for artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network. Find out how to apply for the ArtRoots fund

Millennium Mileposts

In 2000 Sustrans commissioned artists to create cast-iron 'Millennium Mileposts', 175 of which are located on the National Cycle Network in Scotland.

If you would like to paint a milepost in your area please email

Community Groups

Funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, the Love Your Network Grant empower communities to implement improvements which make journeys on the National Cycle Network more attractive and enjoyable.


Hundreds of individuals give up their time to volunteer on the Network in Scotland, from taking two minutes to report a problem to organising regular litter-picks on local routes. Find out how you can help.

Reporting problems on the National Cycle Network in Scotland

Sustrans is responsible for the routes on the land that it owns or manages. To report an issue please email

Route Inspiration