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

COP26 SECURITY CLOSURES, Routes 7 and 75: Glasgow, 23rd October- 15th November. 

Due to security arrangements for the upcoming COP26 Conference taking place in Glasgow, significant disruption is expected along National Cycle Network Routes 7 and 75 in Glasgow between 23rd October- 15th November.

The extent of the exclusion zone around the SEC, including a stretch of the National Cycle Network, has been determined by the UK and Scottish Governments in conjunction with Police Scotland; and is outwith the control of both Sustrans and Glasgow City Council. Signed diversions will be in place for the duration.

For up-to-date information about the closures and diversionary arrangements, please visit: https://www.getreadyglasgow.com/cop26/traffic-and-travel

The Scottish Government is running a travel campaign to encourage the public to plan their journey ahead of travel to/in/around Glasgow in the weeks before and during COP26. If you live or work in Glasgow or you plan to travel to the city during this time, the advice is to plan ahead, leave the car if you can, and avoid busy days and times.

 

Current closures and diversions

Route 1: Innocent Tunnel and Railway Path, Edinburgh: complete path closure due to risk of rockfall. 

We have been made aware by members of the public and partners that the Innocent Tunnel and railway path along Route 1 (location) are currently closed due to the risk of rockfalls.  

Our team are pursuing the issue with our partners at City of Edinburgh Council/Historic Environment Scotland, and have offered support in identifying a suitable alternative route- but it is not known if a diversion is currently signed at the affected site.

Further details will be available through this closure listing when available to us, but currently users are advised to take the closure into account before setting off on their journey. 

UPDATE 25/08/21: We have been informed by Historic Environment Scotland that their team are "still reviewing options with geotechnical engineers to mitigate risk of rockfall and to reopen the Low Road. We anticipate we shall be able to provide a further update in early September." The path remains closed.

Route 1: Arbroath, Angus: Significant sporadic flooding along traffic-free coastal path close to Arbroath Golf Course due to adverse weather/high water table. Path may be impassable after heavy rainfall: long-term solution under development.

We have been made aware that Route 1 close to Arbroath Golf Course (location) is currently experiencing significant and sporadic flooding following heavy rainfall. The path may be impassable following adverse weather.

Angus Council are aware of the issue. We are working with the council to develop a long-term solution, with construction anticipated to begin summer 2021.

Please be aware when planning your journey that the path may be closed following adverse weather.

Route 1: Cullen to Portknockie: Ongoing disruption (June 2020)

Due to a landslip on Route 1 between Cullen and Portknockie in November 2017, this section of the route suffered extensive damage.

The local authority 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.

Coast and Castles South (Former Route 1): Union Chain Bridge, Berwick-Upon-Tweed: Complete closure from 5th October 2020- January 2022. Signed diversion will be in place.

Due to substantial essential upgrade works, the listed Union Chain Bridge at Berwick-Upon-Tweed (location), will be closed from 5th October 2020 until March 2022. A cycling diversion will be signed at the affected site.

Route 7: Dockhead between St Michael's Bridge and Nith Street, Dumfries: Complete path closure due to Rood Fair, 27th September- 3rd October 2021. Signed on-road diversion will be in place.

We have been informed by Dumfries and Galloway Council of a temporary closure of National Cycle Network Route 7 at Dockhead between St Michael's Bridge and Nith Street, Dumfries (location), due to the annual Rood Fair.

A signed, on-road diversion will be in place for the duration of the closure: northbound alt route via St Michaels Bridge Road, St Michaels Street and Nith Street, southbound alt route re-join carriageway at Nith Street/Dockhead junction.

Route 7: Traffic-free path close to Stirling Road, Dumbarton: Minor disruption due to Virgin Media works, 2nd August- 30th September 2021. Path will remain open during works. 

We have been informed that Virgin Media will be conducting works close to Route 7 between Third Avenue and Masala Twist in Dumbarton (location)

The traffic-free path will will remain open during work along verges either side of the track. The contractors will move signs and barriers as they progress down the route, and will also be sweeping the track to ensure there is no debris.

Works start on the 2nd of August until the 30th of September. These will be starting at the section behind Masala Twist and carry on until the track ends on Third Avenue.

Route 7: Ben Nevis Road/White Cart Water, Paisley. Path closure due to works at Scottish Power Ben Nevis Compound. Monday 19th July 2021- November 2021. Signed, traffic-free diversion and alternative access point at affected site.

We have been informed by Scottish Power Energy Network that due to essential works at the Ben Nevis Compound, a path closure will be in place along Route 7 at Ben Nevis Road, Paisley (location) between July and November 2021.

A short, signed diversion will be in place for the duration of the works, and an alternative access point for the traffic-free section will be in place to the east of Ben Nevis Road.

Route 7: Near Killin, Stirling. Traffic management along traffic-free path in place due to Vista Killin works, July 2021- October 2022. Please follow all signage.

We have been informed that, as part of the Vista Killin project on behalf of SSEN, a section of Route 7 near Killin (location) will be in use as a temporary access track between July 2021- October 2022.

Users are urged to follow all signage and instructions from site operatives at the affected site to ensure everyone's safety during the works.    

Route 7: Brow Well Bridge, B725, Dumfries: Temporary crossing in place until at least summer 2020 (Update May 2021: temporary crossing still in place. Relocation of temporary crossing and commencement of repair works expected July/August 2021)

We have been advised that due to a partial bridge collapse, Brow Well Bridge in Dumfries along National Cycle Network Route 7 is currently closed to all traffic. A temporary crossing at the previous bridge location is now in place for pedestrians and cyclists.

Update 02/12/20: Dumfries and Galloway Council have advised that a temporary crossing remains in place at the Brow Well Bridge site. It is proposed that the temporary bridge is re-located downstream around April/May 2021 time. Works on the replacement bridge are proposed to start afterward. 

Update 25/05/21: Dumfries and Galloway Council have advised that work should be complete by August 2021.

Route 73: Arran ferry (Ardrossan to Brodick) - (Route 73 northern section, Kilmarnock - Lochranza): Busy sailings, ongoing (May 2021)

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.

CalMac 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 75: Clyde Walkway at Dalmarnock Road, Glasgow: Temporary path closure due to construction work, four weeks from 30th August 2021. Signed diversion in place via Ashgrove Road.

We have been informed by our partners at Glasgow City Council that, due to construction works, a temporary path closure will be in place along Route 75/the Clyde Walkway between Dalmarnock Bridge/Road and Dalmarnock Railway Bridge for 4 weeks from Monday 30th August 2021.

A short, signed diversion will be in place using internal roads within the new housing development to the north, using Ashgrove Road.  

Route 75: Mid Calder Weir, Livingston: Complete path closure due to fish pass construction, 23rd August-7th December 2021. Signed, on-road diversion in place.

We have been informed by our partners at West Lothian Council that due to construction of a fish pass at Mid Calder Weir along the River Almond, a stretch of Route 75 (location) will be closed for 16 weeks, beginning 5th July 2021. 

A signed, on-road diversion using East Calder Main Street is in place. Due to lack of alternative traffic-free options, we would urge cyclists who wish to avoid on-road stretches to consider this when planning their route.

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

We are aware of intermittent flooding affecting the traffic-free stretch of National Cycle Network Route 75 bordering Hillend Reservoir in Caldercruix, North Lanarkshire (location).

The route is currently navigable with care, but we are aware that water levels may rise to a level which makes the route impassable following heavy rainfall.

We are working with local stakeholders to investigate appropriate long-term solutions in line with current land ownership responsibilities. 

Route 75: Custom House Way, Greenock: Temporary diversion prior to route realignment, until April 2020 (Update June 2020: construction paused due to COVID-19, diversion remains in place)

We have been informed by our partners at Inverclyde Council that to allow construction works relating to the new cruise liner terminal to take place safely, a temporary diversion is in place along the coastal path section of Route 75 at Custom House Way, Greenock. A short diversion is signed at the affected site. 

Update 26/06/20: Due to contract retendering, works remain paused and a diversion in place on site for the foreseeable future. 

LINK to Route 76: Hollowburn Bridge, Fallin, Stirling: Complete bridge closure due to extensive damage and ongoing risk to public safety. Diversion route using Route 76 signed on site (February 2021)

We have been informed by our partners at Stirling Council that Hollowburn Bridge, a link to National Cycle Network Route 76, is currently closed to all users due to damage and risk to public safety (location).

Alternative routes using Route 76 are signed on site. The public are asked not to use the bridge under any circumstances prior to remedial works being concluded.

Route 78/Caledonia Way: Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Duror, Highland: Disruption due to tree felling. 2/3 weeks from Monday 23rd August 2021. Through access maintained.

We have been informed of essential tree felling work taking place along Route 78/The Caledonia Way at the Highland Titles Nature Reserve (location), scheduled for 2/3 weeks from Monday 23rd August 2021.

Through access will be maintained for those walking, wheeling and cycling throughout the works programme, but a short section will be controlled by staff; short delays are possible.

Route 78/Caledonia Way: Clunes, Loch Lochy, Lochaber: Disruption due to felling work by ForestryScotland. 1st March 2021- early 2022. Access maintained, but extra care advised.

Forestry and Land Scotland have felling work programmed for an area of forest close to Route 78/Caledonia Way north of Clunes (location).

This operation will involve a skyline winch extracting produce from a steep hillside above the forest road and will affect access along The Caledonia Way between March 2021-early 2022.

ForestryScotland have confirmed that access will be maintained through the site for the duration of the works. This access will be strictly controlled by bankspersons, who will manage safe passage through the site.

We have also been advised that it is also likely that the road surface will be disturbed due to Forwarder traction (which cannot be avoided), and will therefore have some impact on those walking, wheeling and cycling. Additional care is asked for from all users while passing through the 'active zone.'

Route 196: Auchendinny, north of Penicuik: Local complete closure, ongoing (August 2021)

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. 

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) 

Route 754 (link): Forth & Clyde Towpath: Stockingfield Junction- Ruchill Street. Complete path closure due to bridge construction, November 2020- July 2022. Long-term 4.4km diversion, via Route 756/Kelvin Walkway, signed on site. 

As part of the construction of the new Stockingfield Bridge, it is necessary to temporarily close a section of the Route 754 link along the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath between Ruchill Street in Maryhill and Stockingfield Junction (location) from November 23, 2020 to approximately July 2022.

A 4.4km towpath diversion has been put in place for walkers and cyclists that follows the River Kelvin, avoiding the traffic-heavy alternative of Maryhill Road. The route, which has been agreed between Scottish Canals, Sustrans and Glasgow City Council, will be clearly marked and letters are being distributed to local residents by our contractor.

Route 756: Glasgow, West End: Various short diversions in place along Kelvin Walkway to facilitate Scottish Water improvement works, until October 2021.

We have been informed by partners at Scottish Water that due to essential upgrade works at 11 locations along or near the River Kelvin in Glasgow's West End, National Cycle Network Route 756 (location) will be subject to minor disruption until October 2021.

The Kelvin Walkway will remain open throughout the works for cyclists and pedestrians either via short diversions or narrowing of the shared path. More details can be found at Scottish Water's project page, including affected locations and diversionary routes (link).

Route 756: Glasgow (riverside paths): Ongoing closures and disruption (June 2020)

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.