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: St Andrews, Fife: Temporary closure of Old Guardbridge Road due to The Open championship, 11th July- 18th July 2022

We have been informed by The R&A that a temporary road closure will be in place along National Cycle Network Route 1 at Old Guardbridge Road, St Andrews (location) between Sunday 11th July and Monday 18th July 2022.

We are pursuing clarity on diversionary arrangements for walking, wheeling and cycling from tournament organisers and Fife Council. Please follow all guidance and restrictions in place on site. 

More details about disruption and accessing the events by bike are available via the R&A and Fife Council.

Route 1: Kessock Bridge, Inverness, Highland: Partial closure due to repainting. Access for walking, wheeling and cycling maintained, signed diversions in place during works. 7th February 2022 for 20 weeks.

We have been informed by BEAR Scotland that repainting works will take place on the Kessock Bridge along Route 1 in Inverness (location) from 7th February 2022 for 20 weeks.

There may be some delays throughout the works. However, lane closures on the A9 Trunk Road will be done overnight and only one footway/cycleway will be closed at a time. A signed footway/cycleway diversion will be in place.

Route 1: Arbroath, Angus: 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: work to install long-term solution will commence after Network Rail permissions are secured- anticipated August 2022.

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. We are working with the council to develop a long-term solution, with construction anticipated to be complete by March 2022.

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

Update 02/02/22: We expect work to be completed on a long-term solution to ongoing flooding issues by early summer 2022.

An alternative route is available via the cycle-path alongside the A92, signed at the affected site/along the approaching route.  

Update 04/04/22: We expect works to commence on 2nd May 2022 for 8 weeks. 

Update 20/06/22: We have been advised by Angus Council that outstanding permissions necessary to allow work to commence at the site are yet to be issued by Network Rail. The local authority now anticipate that work will commence August 2022. 

Route 1: Cullen to Portknockie: Ongoing disruption (March 2022)

Due to a landslip on Route 1 between Cullen and Portknockie in November 2017, this section of the route suffered extensive damage.

The local authority 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- May 2022. Signed diversion 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 May 2022.

A cycling diversion is signed at the affected site.

Route 7/Lochs and Glens Way: Near Killin, Stirling. Traffic management along traffic-free path in place due to Vista Killin works, July 2021- October 2022. Please follow all signage.

We have been informed that, as part of the Vista Killin project on behalf of SSEN, a section of Route 7 near Killin (location) will be in use as a temporary access track between July 2021- October 2022.

Users are urged to follow all signage and instructions from site operatives at the affected site to ensure everyone's safety during the works. 

Route 7: Paisley, Renfrewshire: Minor path disruption expected due to Paisley 10k Road Race, 10:00-12:00, Sunday 21st August 2022.

We have been advised by organisers that the Paisley 10k Road Race will again use part of the traffic-free section of National Cycle Network Route 7 between Camphill and Baronscourt Road (location) as part of this year's route. 

The path is anticipated to be busy between 10:00-12:00. Stewards will be on hand to advise, but please bear this short-term disruption in mind if planning a journey along the route. 

Route 73: Arran ferry (Ardrossan to Brodick) - (Route 73 northern section, Kilmarnock - Lochranza): Busy sailings, ongoing (October 2021)

Caledonian MacBrayne are suggesting to those wishing to take bikes on the Ardrossan to Brodick/Arran ferry that they should be aware that some sailings have become particularly popular, including with group rides.

CalMac 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 74: Uddingston, South Lanarkshire: Route closure between Bellshill and North British Road. 

We have been informed that a traffic-free section of Route 74 is currently closed between Bellshill Road and North British Road (location).

Our Network Development team are pursuing with partners to ascertain the duration of the closure and to identify any possible diversionary route during the closure. 

This listing will be updated with further details as they become available.

Route 75: Water of Leith Walkway, Union Canal-Balerno. Rolling closures to facilitate route upgrades between Edinburgh and Balerno. Temporary closure between Lanark Road- Gillespie Road car park until end June 2022

Works are underway to upgrade Route 75 along the Water of Leith walkway between the Union Canal towpath and Balerno. 

A series of rolling closures are programmed to facilitate this.

Route 75/Water of Leith walkway is currently closed between Lanark Road and Gillespie Road car park (location). This closure is planned to be in place until the end of June. No suitable diversion is available for this section, but subsequent phases will have signed diversions in place.

Route 75: Dalmarnock, Glasgow: Temporary path closure between Smart Bridge and A728 to facilitate shared-use path upgrades. 29th November 2021- July 2022. Signed diversion in place (incl. on-road stretch)

We have been informed by Glasgow City Council and RJ McLeod contractors that Route 75 between the Smart Bridge and A728 at Dalmarnock (location) will be closed from 29th November 2021 until July 2022 to facilitate path upgrades.

A diversion has been signed by the contractors, directing those walking, wheeling and cycling to the south of the Clyde.

Please note when planning your journey: this diversion will involve on-road stretches for those cycling. 

Route 75: East Calder: Long-term path closure due to housing development/route realignment, between Raw Holdings and East Calder Main Street. Signed diversion in place for duration of works.

Due to construction of a new housing development, National Cycle Network Route 75 between East Calder Main Street and Raw Holdings (location) will be closed, pending realignment of the route.

A temporary diversion has been identified for the duration of the works and is now signed at the affected site. 

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: 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 re-tendering, works remain paused and a diversion in place on site for the foreseeable future. 

Route 78/Caledonia Way: Cullochy Locks, Caledonian Canal, Aberchalder: Minor disruption due to essential lock works, November 2021- Easter 2022. Through access maintained/no route closure.

We have been informed by partners at Scottish Canals that minor disruption may affect those walking, wheeling and cycling along the Caledonia Way/Route 78 at Cullochy Locks (location).

The route will remain open throughout the works programme, and a temporary canal crossing via pontoon will be in place for the duration. Minor delays may be possible at certain times for safety reasons- Scottish Canals staff will be on site to ensure safe escort/passage through the site.

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 196: Auchendinny, north of Penicuik: Local complete closure, ongoing (March 2022)

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. 

Up-to-date information about closures and diversions along Route 754 (Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths) is published on Scottish Canals' Works and Updates page (link) 

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 755/Strathkelvin Railway Path: Complete path closure between Kirkintilloch and Lennoxtown to facilitate resurfacing works, 13th June- 22nd July 2022. No suitable diversion identified. 

We have received notification from East Dunbartonshire Council that the authority plan to close National Cycle Network Route 755/Strathkelvin Railway Path between Kilsyth Road in Kirkintilloch and Campsie Road in Lennoxtown (location) between 13th June and 22nd July 2022.

No suitable diversion has been identified for walkers, wheelers and cyclists. Our team are pursuing this matter, but please consider this closure when planning your journey.

More information available via East Dunbartonshire Council

Route 756: Wyndford, Glasgow: Temporary path closure to facilitate essential repairs. Until end March 2022. Signed diversion in place.

We have been informed that Route 756 at Wyndford, Glasgow (location) will be closed for a short period during March 2022 to facilitate repair works. 

There will be a signed diversion route via Garrioch Quadrant, Garrioch Road, Contin Place and Southmuir Place. This is the only feasible diversion due to the local topography, and involves a steep slope out of the river valley.

Route 756: Glasgow, West End: Various short diversions in place along Kelvin Walkway to facilitate Scottish Water improvement works, until Autumn 2022.

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 Autumn 2022.

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 (October 2021)

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.