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

  • 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. 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.

  • National Route 78

    This 66 mile route from Fort William to Inverness is part of the Caledonia Way. Travelling the length of the Great Glen, the first part of the route follows a combination of canal towpath, forest road and cycle path between Fort William and Fort Augustus, while the second part mainly uses quiet roads to the east of Loch Ness, before ending at Inverness Castle. A real Highland adventure!

  • Cycle across Scotland from Gourock on the Firth of Clyde to the spectacular city of Edinburgh on the Union and the Forth and Clyde Canals.

  • 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 9 mile circular route which takes you from the ferry terminal on Great Cumbrae Island in an anti 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 North Ayrshire coast and the Isle of Bute.

  • 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. 

  • Known as the capital of the Highlands, Inverness sits at the mouth of the River Ness and the junction of the Beauly Firth and the Moray Firth. This route takes you from the centre of Inverness to the market town of Dingwall using a mixture of roads and cycle paths.

  • This 169 mile route passes through some of the most remote landscapes in the U.K, including the ancient peat lands of the Flow Country in the former administrative counties of Caithness and Sutherland. In addition, the route forms part of the North Sea Cycle Route – an international cycle route through eight European countries. 

  • The New Town Trail is a 12 mile circular route of the Irvine and Kilwinning area incorporating part of National Route 73 and passing many local landmarks and areas of interest including wildlife reserves, Eglinton Country Park and Castle and the standing stones at Cairnmount Hill.

  • The route starts just to the east of Kincardine Bridge and picks up the cycleway into Culross, a 17th Century town worth exploring. The route continues along the shore of the River Forth and past Preston Island. Continue on roads through Newmills and then back onto a cycleway around Torry Bay – with excellent bird watching. There is a steep climb up to Crombie before a cycleway and a drop down a rough road bring you to Charlestown. This route uses a small part of National Route 76.

  • An approximate 19 mile cycle ride on both tarmac lanes and off road section, so a mountain bike or hybrid are required for this beautiful scenic cycle route. The route takes you from Braemar along quiet country lanes along the banks of ‘The Royal’ River Dee to Muir and then back on the opposite bank of the river where you cycle along an off road section through a wooded trail and then back to Braemar.

  • In the heart of the Trossachs with magnificent landscapes shaped by nature, and immortalised in poetry by Sir Walter Scott, this area is ideal for a challenging day out cycling. This 35 mile route has some steep accents through the Achray Forest.

  • The shipping shortcut of the west coast, the Crinan Canal, is a delight for cyclists of all ages. Dark peaty waters fill this wide canal which links the Atlantic with Loch Fyne.

  • This stunningly beautiful part of National Route 7, between Inverness and Glasgow, passes through two fantastic National Parks.
     

  • There are lochs and glens, plus miles of coasts and forests on this part of National Route 7 north of Carlisle.  It takes you along the beautiful Solway Coast, over the hills of the Galloway Forest , and to the beaches of Ayrshire, before heading into Glasgow.

  • The route starts at Paisley Canal railway station and follows the same route as National Route 75 until Johnstone. From there the railway path continues south-west to Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Kilbirnie.

  • Enjoy the dramatic coastal scenery along this 14 mile section of National Route 1 between Cullen and Garmouth. The route is mainly traffic-free between Cullen and Buckie using the old coastal railway line. From Buckie, the route follows roads before crossing the River Spey on the magnificent Speyside Viaduct into Garmouth.

  • This circular route includes the Glasgow suburban town of Milngavie, Mugdock Country Park, Kirkintilloch, a section of the Forth & Clyde Canal and the banks of the River Kelvin. It is mostly on designated cycle tracks but there are sections on minor roads and the Kelvin Walkway.

  • This is a challenging but extremely rewarding ride in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway, where the beautiful landscape, attractions and fascinating history more than compensate for the steep climbs.   

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