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: Randolph Lane, Edinburgh West End: Temporary diversion until approx. January 2020.

Due to building works, the lane connecting Randolph Lane to Charlotte Square to the north of West Register House, Edinburgh is temporarily closed. A diversion is in place using the lane to the south of West Register House, with access to be restored through the north lane in early 2020. 

Route 1: Cullen to Portknockie: Ongoing disruption (November 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- Brow Well Bridge, B725, Dumfries: Temporary crossing in place (November 2019)

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 (November 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 until December 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. The replacement of this bridge is now scheduled to be completed by December 2019.

Route 76: Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness: Ongoing minor works. (November 2019)

Due to path upgrade and barrier removal works along Route 76 within the Kinneil Estate, minor disruption is expected along Route 76. The path has now reopened to cyclists and pedestrians at the affected site, but please exercise caution whilst navigating and be aware of ongoing works.

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. (November 2019)

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 (November 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 (November 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 754 (link): Claypits, Glasgow: Complete towpath closure, 25th November- 15th December. Signed diversion in place.

Scottish Canals have advised that the Forth and Clyde Canal spur towpath between the Whisky Bond building and Firhill Stadium will be closed to all route users to facilitate groundworks for the new Garscube Bridge. A diversionary route is in place, using Firhill Road and Garscube Road.

Route 756: Glasgow (riverside paths): Ongoing closures and disruption (November 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.