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 & 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.

Current closures and diversions

Route 1: Queensferry Crossing (new Forth Bridge): Ongoing disruption (August 2019)

The junction between Route 1 and Route 76 at the north end of the new Queensferry Crossing (see map) currently remains confused where (on Route 76) it is necessary to travel though a car park for the 'park and ride'.

Openstreetmap based mapping (which is maintained by ordinary members of the general public) is often the most up to date and this link shows the main path east-west through the area.

Route 1: Cullen to Portknockie: Ongoing disruption (August 2019)

Due to a landslip on Route 1 between Cullen and Portknockie in November 2017, this section of the route suffered extensive damage. They are currently looking at options to repair the route, with the path currently temporarily open but still showing signs of damage. Please be vigilant in poor light and bad weather conditions.

Route 7- Dalnaspidal to Dalwhinnie: Complete path closure (Monday-Friday), from 12th August lasting approx. 15 days. Shuttle service in operation, 07:00-19:00.

Due to essential resurfacing works, National Cycle Network Route 7 will be closed between Dalnaspidal and Dalwhinnie for a period of approximately 15 days, beginning Monday 12th August. The path will reopen at the weekend.

With a complete absence of local options for a suitable diversionary route avoiding stretches along the A9 trunk road, we have received assurances that BEAR Scotland will operate a shuttle service through the affected area for all walkers and cyclists using Route 7. The shuttle vehicle will be available between 7am and 7pm each day, and information including a contact phone number will be prominently displayed at each closure point. For the duration of the works, we would advise against journeys towards the affected area outside of these hours.

Route 7- Maybole, South Ayrshire: Complete closure of Gardenrose Path from 19th August until approx. May 2020. Signed diversion in place.

Due to the ongoing Maybole Bypass works, Gardenrose Path along Route 7 at Maybole will be closed from Monday 19th August. A diversion for pedestrians and those using bikes will be in place from the junction of Cargill Avenue and Gardenrose Path, with Route 7 temporarily realigned along Kirklandhill Path for the duration of the works.

Route 73: Arran ferry (Ardrossan to Brodick) - (Route 73 northern section, Kilmarnock - Lochranza): Busy sailings, ongoing (August 2019)

Caledonian MacBrayne are suggesting to those wishing to take bikes on the Ardrossan to Brodick/Arran ferry (see map) that they should be aware that some sailings have become particularly popular, including with group rides. They have published information suggesting that they may need to limit access to particularly busy sailings, and asking that groups telephone to check for details. We understand that their main concerns are around the 09:45 sailing on Saturdays (exact time may change with timetable updates), and their hope is that people choose alternate sailings if this is possible.

Route 73: Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway (Route 73 southern section, Newton Stewart - Stranraer): Local closure, ongoing (August 2019)

The footbridge in Newton Stewart which was used by Route 73 has been removed. We believe that no diversion is signed. An alternative road bridge crossing of the river is obvious approximately 400m north of the footbridge (and the route to it is relatively obvious). Note that this is the crossing used by the B7079 within Newton Stewart, not the crossing outside Newton Stewart, approximately 700m south of the footbridge, used by the A75. We do not currently have any information about any detailed timescale for the replacement of this bridge.

Route 73: Western Road, Kilmarnock and Knockentiber, East Ayrshire: Ongoing minor construction (August 2019)

Please note, minor construction is still ongoing along the route.

Route 76: Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness: Temporary path closure until 27th September 2019. Signed diversion in place.

Due to path upgrade and barrier removal works along Route 76 within the Kinneil Estate, a small path closure will be in place until 27th September 2019. An alternative, traffic-free diversionary route has been signed, with details posted at the affected site.

Route 78: Caledonian Canal Towpath, south of Fort Augustus: Ongoing minor disruption (August 2019)

The towpath between Kytra Lock and Cullochy Lock has now reopened to pedestrians and cyclists.

Please note, the towpath surface has been affected by plant traffic, and may be heavily potholed until further repairs are made at the conclusion of the works- there is also a small, narrow section past a damaged embankment south of Kytra which requires cyclists to dismount.

Please proceed with care when using this section of the route.

Route 196: Auchendinny, north of Penicuik: Local complete closure, ongoing (August 2019)

Midlothian Council have published a notice to say that damage to Wester Auchendinny Bridge above the shared-use path has led to the complete closure of Route 196 at Auchendinny. We are not aware of any signed diversion at the affected site. 

Route 756: Glasgow (riverside paths): Ongoing closures and disruption (August 2019)

In Glasgow a drop in water levels following the failure of the functioning of the River Clyde tidal weir in August 2017 caused some considerable damage to sections of the riverside paths upstream of the weir. Several sections of path have been re-opened, but it is clear that there will be some path closures and diversions in the longer term. 

Route 756 south of the river between Florence Street and Richmond Park is closed long term.