The National Cycle Network in Scotland

There are approximately 2,371 miles (3,815 km) of National Cycle Network routes in Scotland, including 644 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 (NCN) routes take you through many areas of natural beauty - from desolate moorland to vast forests, shimmering lochs to tranquil glens, tumultuous rivers to spectacular coastlines. They also pass castles, standing stones and historic settlements. And if you enjoy city life, the Network takes you into the centre of all 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, Scottish Natural Heritage, National Park Authorities, landowners and other bodies.

Closures and diversions

The National Cycle Network is a work in progress. Our Route Closures and Diversions page notes any issues affecting National Cycle Network routes in Scotland. 


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

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

Community Groups

Funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, the National Cycle Network Action Grant seeks to empower communities in implementing improvements which make journeys on the National Cycle Network more attractive and enjoyable.


Over 350 volunteers in Scotland help maintain the Network. Find out about Volunteer opportunities.

Greener Greenways 

Sustrans Greener Greenways is a biodiversity conservation project on walking and cycling routes owned or managed by Sustrans in several parts of the UK. 

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