Route 7

Route Description

The route is currently 601 miles long. The following sections have their own description pages.

Route Sections

1. Sunderland to Carlisle

National Route 7 forms two-thirds of the famous Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route and includes almost 35 miles of traffic-free cycling between Sunderland, Stanley, Consett and Parkhead including the Consett & Sunderland Railway path. At Penrith National Route 7 heads north away from the Sea to Sea cycle route to Carlisle.

Map: Sea to Sea (C2C) (also shows Penrith to Carlisle) or Tyne & Wear and North Cumbria & Dumfries cycle maps.

2. Carlisle to Glasgow

Carlisle to Glasgow via the Ayrshire coast is known as the Lochs & Glens (South) cycle route. The route passes through Gretna, Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart before crossing Glen Trool Forest. On reaching the Ayr National Route 7 loosely follows the coast through Troon and Irvine and then heads inland to Glasgow on disused railway paths. Newton Stewart via Glasgow to Inverness also forms part of EuroVelo 1.

Map: Lochs and Glens South or regional maps 35 - North Cumbria & Dumfries, 36 - West Dumfries & Galloway, and 37 - Ayrshire, Lanark & the Isle of Arran.

3. Glasgow to Inverness

Passing through two National Parks - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and Cairngorms, the Lochs & Glens (North) cycle route takes the cyclist through some of the most stunning scenery on the National Cycle Network. The route leaves Glasgow by following the River Clyde to Dumbarton and then heads to Inverness via Abefoyle, Callander, Killin, Pitlochry, Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge. Highlights include the Glen Ogle viaduct on the railway path between Lochearnhead and Killin.

Map: Lochs and Glens North or regional maps 41 - Glasgow, Stirling & the Clyde, 43 - Perth, Callander & Pitlochry and 46 - Cairngorms & the Moray Coast.

Related maps

This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway

A greenway is a corridor of undeveloped land, reserved for recreational use and environmental conservation.

Read more about our Greener Greenways
Become a Wildlife Champion

Things to see

The BLiSS trail links up to 25 sculptures, architectural installations and fun ornamental features in four villages. 

Spot the Drovers Bho sculpture by Kev Paxton of ArtFe blacksmiths near the Balvaig Bridge.


Route Info Window: 

A long distance cycle route between Sunderland and Inverness via Penrith, Carlisle, Dumfries, Ayr, Glasgow, Pitlochry and Aviemore. The route is fully open and signed.

Zoom level: 
Route sign image: 
Buy the map

Map covers the Great Glen & Loch Ness region in Scotland.

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.