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: 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 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/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: Longbar, North Ayrshire: Complete closure due to bridge collapse, at least 6 weeks from 24th September 2020. No pedestrian/cycle diversion signed. (Update Dec 2020: path reopened to pedestrian and cycle traffic, full access expected to be reestablished mid-December 2020)

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.

Update 02/12/20: North Ayrshire Council have advised that the path is now partially reopen to allow through passage of pedestrians and cyclists. Works still are still ongoing with a view to an expected mid-December full reopening. 

Route 7: Maybole, South Ayrshire: Complete closure of Gardenrose Path from 19 August until approx. May 2020. Signed diversion in place. (Update December 2020: construction delayed due to COVID-19, expected completion February 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 early 2021. 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: Lancefield Quay, Glasgow: Complete path closure due to essential repairs following fire damage, 2nd November- 16th November. Plan ahead and avoid site if possible.

We have been advised by our partners at Glasgow City Council that scaffolding is to be re-erected on the riverside path along Route 75 at Lancefield Quay (location) in order for repair works to be carried out on the fire-damaged flats.

The route will be closed from 2/11/20 until 16/11/20 during construction of the scaffolding, after which there will be a restricted 1.5m route through the site.

The footway and on-road cycle route on the north side of the flats will also be closed. Glasgow City Council are working on mitigation, but current advice is for cyclists to plan alternative routes to avoid this section of Route 75 during this period.

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. 

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.

Caledonia Way (former Route 78): Inverneill- Ardrishaig: Traffic-free alignment impassable due to closed bridge. Repair works anticipated to be complete by end 2020.

We have been informed by our partners at Argyll and Bute Council that a bridge along the traffic-free alignment of the Caledonia Way between Inverneill and Ardrishaig (location), has been significantly damaged by water ingress and is closed pending essential repairs.

Repair work by Argyll and Bute Council is scheduled, and is expected to be complete in the forthcoming weeks (updated 23rd October 2020).

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 (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. (Update December 2020: Towpath to reopen between 18th Dec-4th January 2021) 

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.

Update 17/12/20: We have been advised by our partners at Scottish Canals that the towpath will reopen over the Christmas period. The path be reopened between Friday 18th December and Monday 4th January 2021

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, 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.