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

  • Dumfries and Galloway is sometimes called Scotland’s forgotten corner. It’s not on the main tourist trail to The Highlands, which means that those in the know can enjoy the beautiful beaches, picturesque towns and villages and networks of quiet roads in relative peace and quiet.

  • You can break this route into two separate rides from the centre of Inverness. Heading north from Inverness, take the cycle and walkway across the Kessock Bridge. On the north side of the Beauly Firth, follow the traffic-free path alongside the road to the Tourist Information Centre and the Dolphin and Seal Centre where admission is free. Heading east from Inverness, cycle towards Balloch and across Culloden Muir. The route takes you near the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre and further on you come across the late-Neolithic Clava Chambered Cairns.

  • National Route 78

    Part of Route 78, The Caledonia Way, this mainly on-road route from Oban to Campbeltown offers adventurous cyclists the chance to explore the spectacular peninsula of Kintyre, Knapdale and Lorn. There are traffic-free sections along the Crinan Canal and in Kilmartin Glen. 

  • This three mile route takes you from the centre of Oban, round Oban Bay on a minor road to Ganavan Sands, where you join a cycle path through woods and moorland to Dunbeg village.

  • National Route 78

    This 48-mile section of route, set in spectacular scenery, is part of the much longer Caledonia Way (National Route 78) which runs for 237 miles from Campbeltown to Inverness. Both Oban and Fort William are accessible by train, and Oban is also a busy ferry terminal - making it possible to incorporate this journey into many others.

  • Follow the quiet road through Glen Lonan between Oban and Taynuilt passing standing stones and rocky outcrops before cycling along the shores of Loch Etive for stunning views.

  • A route that encompasses some of the Orkney Isles best archaeological treasures in a day - and for the fit, provides an invigorating alternative to a coach tour. Allow plenty of time as this is a long route and there are numerous sites to visit. It will take around 1 -2 hours to look round Skara Brae and tours of Maeshowe take a minimum of 45 minutes. Alternatively, include an overnight stay. Birsay is the most obvious half-way house and has the best facilities and choice of accommodation.

  • Starting at Paisley you’ll pass the town of Johnstone, where National Routes 7 & 75 separate, and then cross attractive open country on railway path between the Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm, before reaching Port Glasgow and Greenock on the Firth of Clyde. Ferries ply between Gourock and Dunoon, a gateway to the Cowal Peninsula area of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. There are some steep gradients in Port Glasgow and Greenock.

  • Known locally as the Tweed Valley Railway Path, this route is 5 and a half miles long and links the towns of Innerleithen and Peebles, passing through the village of Cardrona on quiet roads. It also links the mountain biking centres in Glentress and Innerleithen.

  • This leisurely pedal to Almondbank weir is mainly traffic-free and is punctuated by some impressive views. You begin the ride on the North Inch in Perth alongside the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river, and follow it for nearly 2½ miles before turning alongside the River Almond.

  • This gentle ride takes you between two fascinating places, there are no major climbs, and you can take the train back to your starting point. Leaving the North Inch in Perth, you follow cycle paths alongside the River Tay and get splendid views of Scone Palace

  • This dramatic coastal route gives you glorious views of the Moray Firth. As much of the route is on the line of the old Moray Firth Coast Railway, you can take advantage of the lack of motor traffic to enjoy the spectacular coastline and the fishing villages which seem to cling precariously to it.

  • Fife is criss-crossed with miles of cycle routes, many of them created as part of the Kingdom of Fife Millennium Cycleways. This ride begins in Leuchars and follows a quiet road out of the village to Tentsmuir Forest, which extends over the sand dunes between the estuaries of the Tay and the Eden.

  • National Route 1

    A long distance cycle route connecting Dover and the Shetland Islands - via the east coast of England and Scotland.

  • National Route 195

    Route 195 is known as the Deeside Way and follows the line of the Deeside Railway between Aberdeen to Ballater.

  • National Route 196

    Route 196 runs for 26 miles between the towns of Haddington and Penicuik.

  • National Route 7

    National Route 7 links Sunderland and Inverness. It forms two-thirds of the famous Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route before heading north to Glasgow via Glen Trool Forest and the Ayrshire coast, before passing through two National Parks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and Cairngorms.

  • National Route 73

    The route is open and signed on roads between Lochranza and Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Between Ardrossan and Kilmarnock the route is opened, signed and mainly traffic-free.

  • National Route 74

    National Route 74 is close to completion having been indevelopment for many years. Most infrastructure is in place - but (at November 2016) signage is still being reviewed. This is inadequate in places. The route connects Gretna and Glasgow following a relatively direct route - for much of its length following the same transport corridor as the main rail and road routes. 

  • National Route 75

    National Route 75 of the National Cycle Network connects Leith in east Edinburgh with Portavadie on the Cowall Peninsula in Argyll, via Glasgow and using the ferry between Gourock and Dunoon.

  • National Route 753

    National Route 753 will link Route 73 in Ardrossan with Route 75 in Gourock via the coast. See text below for details of open sections. 

  • National Route 754

    This route starts on Route 7 and uses the towpath of the Forth and Clyde canal from Bowling, through north Glasgow, to the Falkirk Wheel; and then the Union Canal towpath (joining Route 75) into the heart of Edinburgh.

  • National Route 755

    This 8 mile route uses part of what is known locally as the 'Strathkelvin Railway Path' and takes you from Kirkintilloch to Strathblane using a good quality, gentle railway path.  The volcanic plug of ‘Dunglass’ towards the end of the route provides an interesting landmark. 

  • National Route 756

    This primarily urban-character route runs from East Kilbride to meet the Clyde at Rutherglen, runs along the south bank of the the Clyde, joins Route 75 briefly on the north bank of the Clyde at Anderston, and then heads northwards using some urban roads, Kelvingrove Park, and the path beside the river Kelvin as far as Maryhill and the Forth & Clyde Canal (National Route 754). 

  • National Route 76

    National Route 76 of the National Cycle Network runs from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Edinburgh, Stirling and Kirkcaldy, with the route on both sides of the Forth.