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.

Family cycling on National Route 7

Current closures and diversions

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

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: Strathyre: Temporary path closure, 2 weeks from 16th March 2020. Diversion signed on site. 

Due to path improvement works at Strathyre, National Cycle Network Route 7 to the north of the village will follow a temporarily diverted alignment for 3 weeks. 

Route 7: Dalwhinnie, Highland: Complete path closure, March 2020, 7-14 days. Arrangements in place to escort pedestrians and cyclists through work site. 

We have been advised by BEAR Scotland that due to essential works on the A889 railway bridge, north of Dalwhinnie Distillery, it will be necessary to implement a full road closure, affecting Route 7, for between 7-14 days at the end of March 2020. BEAR Scotland will escort pedestrians and cyclists through the affected site during the programme, but some disruption is to be expected.

Route 7: Brow Well Bridge, B725, Dumfries: Temporary crossing in place until at least summer 2020

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 adjacent to the previous bridge is now in place for pedestrians and cyclists.

Route 7: Maybole, South Ayrshire: Complete closure of Gardenrose Path from 19 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 19 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 (January 2020)

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 75: Custom House Way, Greenock: Temporary diversion prior to route realignment, until April 2020

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. 

Route 78: Aberchalder: Temporary diversion due to access improvement works, from 16th March

We have been informed by our partners at RJ McLeod that due to ramp and gate works along Route 78 at Aberchalder, a temporary diversion will be in place for pedestrians and cyclists from 16th March 2020.

Route 78: Ledaig: minor disruption along route for 4 weeks, beginning 9th March.

Due to essential path works, we are expecting minor disruption along the traffic-free section of the Caledonia Way at Ledaig for 4 weeks, beginning 9th March. The route will be passable, but cyclists and pedestrians are advised to exercise care and be aware of any instructions from contractors.

Route 78: Barcaldine Bridge; disruption due to structural damage (March 2020).

Due to structural damage, we advise users to exercise significant caution when using the Barcaldine Bridge along Route 78, or to plan an alternative route where possible. A route towards an alternative crossing has been put in place nearby avoiding the damaged bridge.

Route 78: Fort Augustus- Aberchalder Bridge: complete closure of Caledonian Canal Towpath, 28th October- 27th March 2020. Shuttle service in operation.

Scottish Canals have advised that due to substantial critical works to replace the lock gates at Kytra, the Caledonian Canal towpath will be closed to all users between Fort Augustus and Aberchalder Bridge. Scottish Canals will be providing a shuttle bus/taxi between these locations, with details available at the affected site.

Route 78: Corran, Fort William: Minor disruption at River Righ, from 26 August. (January 2020)

Due to installation of a new, traffic-free river crossing at River Righ, Inchree, south of Corran, by BEAR Scotland, we are expecting minor disruption along the pre-existing on-road river crossing along Route 78 in the area. Temporary traffic lights will be in place for the duration of the works.  

Route 78: Caledonian Canal Towpath, south of Fort Augustus: Ongoing minor disruption (January 2020)

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 (January 2020)

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 (January 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.