Scotland National Cycle Network closures and diversions

We encourage local authorities and other statutory bodies responsible for land traversed by the National Cycle Network to use their powers to keep National Cycle Network routes open, free from obstruction and well maintained.

Where routes are temporarily closed we ask that they make appropriate arrangements, including appropriate directional signage, and that they provide information to the public both before and during the work.

If we are notified we do our best to help by listing issues on this page and linking to the information they provide.

Please let us know of any significant route diversions or closures not mentioned below by emailing us at scotland@sustrans.org.uk

Family cycling on National Route 7

Current closures and diversions

Please note that due to the recent, heavy rainfall there have been reports of flooding across the network. While this remains the case, some disruption is expected.

Kiltwalk 2024: Local National Cycle Network routes likely to be extremely busy and users may face disruption on the following dates:

  • Glasgow – Sunday 28th April
  • Aberdeen – Sunday 2nd June
  • Dundee – Sunday 11th August
  • Edinburgh – Sunday 15th September

More information can be found on the Kiltwalk website.

Route 1: Cullen: Periodic closures due to resurfacing works. Moray Council. 

Closure: January 2024 - February 2024

Due to resurfacing works, there will be periodic closures between Cullen and Portknockie. These will be highlighted by footpath closure signs at each end of the affected works area.

Route 1: Montrose: Closure of route at Northwater Viaduct. 

Closure: Ongoing.

Northwater Viaduct near Montrose is currently closed pending further investigation works following recent storm events.

Route 7: Aberfoyle: Temporary closure of the bridge at The Lodge. Forestry and Land Scotland. 

Closure: November 2023 - March 2024.

There is currently no access to National Cycle Network Route 7 using the bridge at the Lodge, Aberfoyle due to ongoing structural investigations and repair work.  

Route 7: Clydebank: Temporary disruption to route due to improvement works. Scottish Canals.

Diversion: January 2024 - April 2024.

Signed diversions may be in place between Whitecrook Street and Balbardie to enable works to reconstruct and improve sections of The Forth & Clyde towpath.

Route 7: Drymen: Disruption to route while works take place to remove infected trees. Forestry and Land Scotland. 

Diversion: February 2024 - April 2024. 

Route near Drymen will be affected to ensure the safety of users while works take place to fell infected trees in Garadhban Forest. Signage will be in place.

Route 7: Camphill to Lochwinnoch: Disruption due to maintenance and access improvements. Renfrewshire Council.

Diversion: February 2024 – April 2024.

There will be rolling closures and signed diversions along National Cycle Network Route 7 while maintenance and access improvements are carried out. Access will be maintained from Station Road in Kilbarchan during the early phases of work.

Route 73: Arran ferry (Ardrossan to Brodick) - (Route 73 northern section, Kilmarnock - Lochranza): Caledonian MacBrayne.

Notice: Those wishing to take bikes on the Ardrossan to Brodick/Arran ferry should be aware that CalMac may limit access on particularly busy sailings. Group rides should telephone to check for details.

Route 75: East Calder: Long term closure due to housing development.

Closure: Ongoing. 

Long-term path closure due to housing development, with a route realignment between Raw Holdings and East Calder Main Street. A signed diversion is in place.

Route 75: Hillend Reservoir, Caldercruix: Intermittent flooding along path, traffic-free route may be impassable following heavy rainfall.

Notice: Following heavy rainfall, users may experience intermittent flooding affecting the traffic-free stretch of National Cycle Network Route 75 bordering Hillend Reservoir in Caldercruix, North Lanarkshire (location).

Route 75: Leith: Route diversion due to construction works. Water of Leith Conservation Trust.

Diversion: November 2023 to May 2024.

A diversion is in place on National Cycle Network Route 75 along the Coalie Park section (Leith) to enable construction works.  

Route 75: Port Glasgow: Temporary diversions in place for vegetation clearance. Inverclyde Council.

Diversion: January - March 2024.

There will be rolling diversions to stretches of National Cycle Network Route 75 around Port Glasgow to facilitate vegetation clearance and surfacing works.

Route 77: Dunkeld: Route closure due to landslide.

Closure: Ongoing.

Due to a landslide, National Cycle Network Route 77 is currently closed at Dunkeld House Hotel. An alternative route can be found via the minor road to the east of the A9 towards Rotmell Farm. At this point, users can join the cycle path on the A9.

Route 78/Caledonia Way: South Laggan - Cullochy Loch: long-term complete closure from 8th December 2022 - December 2024. Forestry and Land Scotland.

Closure: December 2022 - December 2024.

Due to harvesting works, the National Cycle Network route between South Laggan and Cullochy Loch (location) is currently closed with no through access. More information is available via Highland Council (link)

Route 78/Great Glen Way: SSE Coire Glas – Loch Lochy: signposted, long-term diversion in place until June 2029 to facilitate exploratory works at the hydro scheme. SSE.

Diversion: 2022 - June 2029. 

A temporary diversion is in place on Route 78 at Loch Lochy whilst exploratory works are underway for Coire Glas Hydro scheme. The diversion is well signposted and suitable for walking and cycling, though some surfacing and gradients are not NCN standard.

Caledonia Way (Former Route 78): Taynuilt - Oban: Road closure with no through access. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.

Closure: September 2023 - April 2024

As a result of cabling works, a road closure has been scheduled between Taynuilt and Oban. Please note: there will be no through access which will disrupt the Caledonia Way route.

Up-to-date information about closures and diversions along Route 754 (Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths) is published on Scottish Canals' Works and Updates page (link)