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

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. 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.

Coast and Castles South (Former Route 1): Union Chain Bridge, Berwick-Upon-Tweed: Complete closure from 5th October 2020- January 2021. 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 January 2021. A cycling diversion will be signed at the affected site. 

Route 7: White Cart Water, Leverndale, Paisley: Complete path closure 09:00-16:00 Monday-Friday (path open evenings/weekends), 5th October for 4 weeks. Diversion signed at affected site. 

Due to essential path upgrade works, National Cycle Network Route 7 will be closed between 09:00-16:00 Mon-Fri between Ben Nevis Road and the A736 in Paisley (location). 

A diversion will be signed at the affected site, with the path reopening outside of working hours.

Route 7/Lochs and Glens Way: Dalwhinnie: Disruption due to works on A889 Dalwhinnie Railway Bridge, 12th October-16th November. Escort system in place at affected site, no path closure. 

We have been advised by BEAR Scotland that due to essential works to the A889 Dalwhinnie Railway Bridge, there will be minor disruption along National Cycle Network Route 7/Lochs and Glens Way (location) continuously from 19:00 Saturday 31st October 2020- 07:00 on Monday 16th November, and daily from 07:00-19:00 between Sunday 22nd-Wednesday 25th November.

BEAR Scotland will be providing an escort service to safely lead pedestrians and cyclists through the closure site, with no complete closure of the route during the works period.

Route 7: Brow Well Bridge, B725, Dumfries: Temporary crossing in place until at least summer 2020 (Update June 2020: expected completion autumn 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.

Update 23/6/20: we now expect these works to restart during June/July 2020 due to COVID-19, with an estimation completion date of autumn 2020. 

Route 7: Longbar, North Ayrshire: Complete closure due to bridge collapse, at least 6 weeks from 24th September 2020. No pedestrian/cycle diversion signed.

We have been informed by members of the public that Route 7 close to Longbar, North Ayrshire (location), is currently impassable due to a collapsed bridge.

Our team have investigated with North Ayrshire Council and have been advised that no suitable pedestrian/cycle diversion is available; North Ayrshire Council are advising non-motorised users to avoid the route if possible.

Route 7: Maybole, South Ayrshire: Complete closure of Gardenrose Path from 19 August until approx. May 2020. Signed diversion in place. (Update June 2020: construction delayed due to COVID-19)

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.

Update 23/6/20: Due to delays caused by COVID-19, we now expect these works to be completed in autumn 2020. Further information can be found at Transport Scotland's Progress Update page.

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

Route 76: Kinneil Estate: Complete path closure due to flood damage and ongoing flood risk.

Due to extensive flash flood damage and ongoing flood risk, National Cycle Network Route 76 is currently closed at Kinneil Estate (location).

We are working with our partners at Green Action Trust and Falkirk Council to identify and sign a suitable diversionary route.

Route 77: Almondbank, Perth: Temporary path closure for 10 weeks due to surface upgrade, beginning 30th June 2020. Signed diversion in place. 

Our partners at Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust have advised that work to improve Route 77 at Almondbank, Perth has started on 29 June and will last for at least 10 weeks. The path will be closed throughout the work and a diversion will be in place for cyclists and pedestrians.

More information about the works programme and diversion route is available at Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust's website (link)

Route 78: Aberchalder: Slight disruption due to access improvement works, 2 weeks from 7th September 2020.

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 7th September 2020 for two weeks. This will be signed at the affected site.

UPDATE 25/08/20: We have now been advised that it will not be necessary to close the current route alignment during the works period. Works will be phased to ensure the path remains open and mitigation will be in place. Barriers, warning signage and banksmen will be present, but please continue to be vigilant around the site.

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

Due to structural damage, we advise all users to avoid using the Barcaldine Bridge along Route 78 and to plan an alternative route where possible. A route diversion, running adjacent to the A828, is signposted locally, avoiding the damaged bridge.

Route 78: Fort Augustus- Aberchalder Bridge: complete closure of Caledonian Canal Towpath (Update June 2020: works paused and towpath reopened to through access, but caution advised due to rough surface)

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.

Update 29/06/20: We have been advised by Scottish Canals that the towpath has reopened at Kytra. Caution is advised due to rough surface conditions. 

Route 196: Auchendinny, north of Penicuik: Local complete closure, ongoing (June 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 754: Union Canal Towpath: Polmont. Complete path closure due to canal breach, 12th August 2020. Long-term walking and cycling diversion, via Maddiston, signed on site.

We have been advised of a serious canal breach along the Union Canal Towpath east of Polmont (location). The public are being asked to avoid the area of the breach and follow the diversion, via Maddiston, signed.

Further information will be published on ScottishCanals.co.uk and Scottish Canals' Twitter feed as it becomes available. You can find more information about the diversionary route in place here.

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.