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With hundreds of routes to choose from, the National Cycle Network is a great way to discover the UK. 

  •  A cycle ride suitable for families taking in magnificent vistas of the hills and villages of the eastern side of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

  • This fine tarmac path between Airdrie and Bathgate runs beside the new railway, along the shore of the Hillend Reservoir and has fine views over the central plateau of Scotland. It passes through Plains, Caldercruix, Blackridge and Armadale. Sculptures along the route reflect the rich industrial and railway heritage of the area.

  • This 12 mile route in Clackmannanshire starts in Alloa and loops through Cambus, Tullibody, Alva and Tillicoultry. Mainly traffic-free on flat, surfaced railway paths and on some quiet back roads, this is a lovely route for families and inexperienced cyclists, with wonderful views of the towering Ochil Hills.

  • This journey offers excellent wildlife spotting opportunities as you cross heather covered moorland, surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges and dense forests.

  • This wonderful route takes you through the Cairngorms National Park with its stunning scenery and rich variety of wildlife. Staring at Aviemore, a popular location for skiing, hiking and other outdoor activities, passes through woodland and open heather-filled moorland to reach Carrbridge.

  • This 19 mile linear route, part of National Route 7, takes in long stretches of the Ayrshire coastline between Irvine, Troon, Prestwick and Ayr, and has spectacular views across to the Isle of Arran.

  • After following quiet roads from Balerno to East Calder, the highlight of this 14 mile route between Balerno and Bathgate is the Almondell and Calderwood Country Park where you can cycle right through the park between East Calder and Mid Calder and under the impressive railway viaduct. From Mid Calder and through Livingstone, where you can visit the Almond Valley Heritage Trust, you continue towards Bathgate on a mainly traffic-free route.

  • An easy cycle from Bowling to Dumbarton and on to Balloch at the south side of Loch Lomond.

  • The Forth and Clyde Canal links Glasgow to Falkirk providing a wonderful, flat traffic-free walking and cycling route across central Scotland. The highlight of this route is the famous Falkirk Wheel, the world's first and only rotating boat lift which connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.

  • Those with an aversion to hills will love this flat route which follows the Caledonian Canal from the head of Loch Oich to Fort Augustus. This is a short section of the very much longer Caledonia Way (National Route 78).

  • This magnificent 9-mile traffic-free section of Route 7 takes you from the bustling town of Callander, through the forested Pass of Leny and along the western shore of Loch Lubnaig towards Strathyre village.

  • Running from the heart of Glasgow to the beauty of Loch Lomond, this almost entirely traffic-free route follows parts of the disused Partick to Yoker railway from Glasgow to Clydebank, the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal through to Bowling and again an old railway into Dumbarton.

  • Running close to the River Clyde for most of its length, the Clyde Walkway is a walking and cycling trail which runs from the centre of Glasgow to the Falls of Clyde near New Lanark.

  • The route follows a disused railway line and a riverside path from Kilmarnock through Irvine towards Kilwinning.

  • This route takes you along coastal paths and minor roads. From Dundee the route heads through the Dundee port area. You’ll see Broughty Castle jutting into the estuary and overlooking Broughty’s Blue Flag beach to the east. The route then closely follows the sea to Monifieth and then to Carnoustie where you will find a Championship Golf Course. The route finishes in Arbroath - famous for its ‘Smokies’.

  • A mainly traffic-free cycle from the centre of Edinburgh, the route follows the tree-lined corridor of the old Granton Branch of the Caledonian Railway out to Davidson’s Mains, residential streets through Barnton, a cycle track over the golf course and then down quiet roads to Cramond Brig.

  • The route can be ridden in either direction, though in cycling from Edinburgh to Musselburgh you will have the advantage of cycling down the Innocent Tunnel. You can either cycle back or return using the train.

  • This route takes you from the beautiful city of Edinburgh and its many architectural delights to South Queensferry and then across the impressive Forth Road Bridge to the quiet and picturesque maritime village of North Queensferry. Navigation is easy as you follow National Route 1 or 76

  • A 14 mile loop through Moray’s historic capital city and surrounding countryside. Highlights include Elgin Cathedral, Elgin Museum, Cooper Park and Milton Duff Distillery. The loop is easy to ride with no major hills.

  • This attractive riverside and railway path links the coastal town of Musselburgh with Dalkeith. Largely traffic-free, the route passes along wooded pathways and minor roads, with wonderful views of the Firth of Forth, and a rich variety of wildlife. At Musselburgh, National Route 1 passes the train station and continues into the centre of Edinburgh.

  • This route is a short section of the Caledonia Way (National Route 78) from Fort William to Gairlochy. The route lets you explore the western end of the Great Glen along the banks of the Caledonian Canal, with marvellous views of the north face of Ben Nevis.

  • This beautiful route links the towns of Irvine, Kilwinning and Kilbirnie.

  • A short circular ride around some of Glasgow's historic waterways including the Forth and Clyde Canal, The Glasgow City Branch Canal and the River Kelvin.  During the 19th Century, the Forth and Clyde Canal was a vital trade route between the East and West Coast of Scotland; canal barges carried much needed goods to the towns and cities along the Central Belt.  

  • A 10.25-mile circular route which takes you from the ferry terminal on the Isle of Cumbrae in an anticlockwise direction (you can also go in a clockwise direction) passing through the Victorian seaside resort of Millport, at the south end of the island, before returning to the ferry terminal. The route is mainly flat and has fantastic views of the Ayrshire coast, the Firth of Clyde ( including the Isle of Bute, the Isle of Arran, Argyll and Ailsa Craig).

  • This route provides a leisurely opportunity to explore the rolling hill country between Insch and the Gartly Moor to the west, with sweeping views over the Pictish province of The Garioch to Bennachie.