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: 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: January 2021.

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 and their flood team are investigating the ongoing issue in the area.

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

Route 1: Kessock Bridge, Inverness: Disruption due to essential bridge maintenance, 16 weeks from 14th December 2020.

We have been informed by BEAR Scotland that slight disruption is expected along Route 1 along the Kessock Bridge, Inverness (location) for 16 weeks, beginning 14th December 2020, due to essential road and bridge maintenance.

BEAR have advised that only one footway/cycleway will be closed at a time throughout the works programme, and a footway/cycleway diversion will be in place.

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 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 January 2021. A cycling diversion will be signed at the affected site. 

LINK to Route 7: Caledonian Cycleway, Bloomfield, Dumfries and Galloway: Complete closure from 12th April 2021- 14th May 2021. Diversion in place.

We have been informed by our partners at Dumfries and Galloway Council that the Caledonian Cycleway, a link to Route 7, will be closed between the A75 near Bloomfield and Tinwald Down Road (location) between 12th April- 14th May 2021. The closure is necessary to facilitate installation of a new Scottish Water mains. 

These works are to be carried out in 2 phases. Alternative routes for cyclists and pedestrians available via Bloomfield, A701(T), Woodgrove and Tinwald Downs Road.

Route 7/Lochs and Glens Way: between Kingshouse and Lochearnhead: Intermittent flooding along path, traffic-free route may be impassable following heavy rainfall. Unable to sign diversionary route at location. (October 2020).

We are aware of intermittent flooding affecting a long, traffic-free stretch of National Cycle Network Route 7 between Kingshouse and Lochearnhead (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.

Due to sensitive environmental considerations in the area, it may take a number of weeks to resolve the ongoing issues at this location. We are currently unable to sign a suitable diversionary route at the affected site. 

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

Route 7: Maybole, South Ayrshire: Complete closure of Gardenrose Path from 19 August until approx. May 2020. Signed diversion in place. (Update April 2021: construction delayed due to COVID-19, expected completion 28th April 2021)

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 02/12/20: Due to delays caused by COVID-19, we now expect these works to be completed in April 2021. Further information can be found at Transport Scotland's Progress Update page.

Update 12/04/21: We expect the Gardenrose Path to reopen on Wednesday 28th April 2021. 

Route 73: Merryvale Road Footbridge, Irvine, North Ayrshire: Path closure due to essential works. Diversion signed on site. From 22nd March

We have been informed by partners at North Ayrshire Council that National Cycle Network Route 73 at Merryvale Road Footbridge, Irvine (location) will be closed from 22nd March to facilitate essential works.

A short diversion will be signed at the affected site.

Route 73: Kilmaurs Road, Knockentiber, East Ayrshire: Path closure to facilitate bridge strengthening works. Short diversion signed on site. 22nd February 2021

We have been informed that a short section of National Cycle Network Route 73 close to Kilmaurs Road, Knockentiber (location) will be temporarily closed from Monday 22nd February 2021 to facilitate essential bridge works. 

A short diversion will be signed at the affected site. The route will be permanently realigned within the course of the works to use an adjoining bridge arch. 

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: 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: Colinton, Edinburgh: Closure of Spylaw Carpark from Monday-Friday weekly, 25 weeks from 12th October. 

We have been informed by our partners at Edinburgh City Council and Scottish Water that Spylaw Carpark along Route 75 (location) will be closed to all users from Monday-Friday from 12th October. Pedestrian access will be possible via the set of steps from Gillespie Road and a sign posted diversion for cyclists will be via Bridge Road/Spylaw Street/Spylaw Park.

Route 75: Water of Leith Walkway, Juniper Green, Edinburgh: path closure, 20 weeks from 3rd August. Signed diversion in place

We have been informed by our partners at Edinburgh City Council and Scottish Water that a short stretch of the Water of Leith Walkway along Route 75 (location) will be closed for 20 weeks from 3rd August.

A signed diversion is in place at the affected site: more details are available here (link to Scottish Water).

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 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: Complete path closure due to upgrade works, four weeks from Monday 22nd March. Signed diversion in place.

We have been advised by our partners at Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust that path upgrade works along a stretch of National Cycle Network Route 77 at Almondbank (loaction) will begin on Monday 22 March.

A signed diversion will be in place during the works, which should last about four weeks to the end of March/early April.

More information about the closure and diversion route is available at Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust's news page.

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 78/Caledonia Way: 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/Caledonia Way: 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 (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 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. Expected completion end of March 2021.

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.

Update January 2021: Piling works have begun along the canal at Muiravonside. Piling works are expected to complete in February 2021, reopening the canal to navigation on completion. However the towpath will not be fully reinstated until the end of March 2021.

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. 

Route 765: Doune Allotments/Moray Park, Doune, Stirling. Disruption due to path upgrade works, w/c 5th April and w/c 12th April 2021. 

We have been advised by our partners at Stirling Council that disruption is expected along Route 765 in Doune (location) due to essential path upgrade and resurfacing works. 

W/c 5th April – vegetation clearance to facilitate access – approx. 1 day
W/c 12th April – resurfacing works– approx. 3 days

The path will remain open throughout the works. There may be delays to accessing the route at times and Striling Council are advising that the public to avoid the route if they possibly can, particularly on w/c 12 April when surfacing works are underway. The surfacing work should take no more than a few days to complete.