Scotland NCN closures and diversions

Information on National Route: 177375777678195, 196756

This page lists any significant closures and diversions of National Cycle Network routes in Scotland that we're currently aware of. 

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 & well maintained. Where routes are temporarily closed we ask that they make appropriate arrangements including appropriate directional signage (pdf) 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.

 National Route 1


Number image from signNumber image from sign  Aberdeenshire (also Route 195)

Ongoing, long-term potential disruption (including closures)

Long term work (and the final route) on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will disrupt National Route 1 between Aberdeen and Stonehaven. The new road, and the existing National Route 1, follow fairly similar route lines in many places. There may also be disruption to National Route 195 (the Deeside Way) and National Route 1 north of Aberdeen as the route line for the new road and the National Cycle Route cross. The planned road can be seen on Openstreetmap mapping for the area. We will endeavour to provide information about closures and diversions here as we receive it (see below). Please note that in some areas the National Cycle Network follows the only quiet route available. Where diversions would lead people to cycle on much busier roads it is very likely that no National Cycle Network diversions will be signed at all, but mapping provided instead so that people can plan a suitable route based on their personal needs. It has been suggested to us that 'Park Bridge' offers one of the more suitable river crossings (just to the south of National Route 195) - with the potential to use (mostly) quieter roads to the south/southeast of this to link between Route 195 and Route 1. 

  • An unsigned gap in Route 195 (Deeside Way) currently exists at Milltimber (see map for approximate area). Previously the path crossed the B979 here, but the new (larger) Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route now also sits parallel to the B979. A road bridge has been built here over the new road, but (at July 2018) the route is unsigned. On this Openstreetmap based map (link) the cycle path (dotted blue line), new road (pink/white line), and new bridge (indicated with a marker) can be seen. 

Number image from signQueensferry Crossing (new Forth Bridge)

Ongoing - route disrupted by bridge work

The junction between Route 1 and Route 76 at the north end of the new Queensferry Crossing (see map) currently remains confused where (on Route 76) it is necessary to travel though a car park for the 'park and ride'. Openstreetmap based mapping (which is maintained by ordinary members of the general public) is often the most up to date and this link shows the main path east-west through the area. 

Number image from signCullen to Portknockie

Closure of NCN 1 between Cullen and Portknockie, ongoing

Due to a landslip on NCN 1 between Cullen and Portknockie (see map) in November 2017 Moray Council have closed this section of the route. They are currently looking at options to repair the route. We will update this note once more information becomes available.

Number image from sign Tay Road Bridge, Dundee

Complete closure of passenger lift to bridge walkway, 8 weeks beginning 24th September

Due to the installation of a new passenger lift to the bridge walkway, the existing passenger lift service for the Tay Road Bridge will be suspended for eight weeks beginning Monday 24th September. Access to the walkway is still possible through use of the staircase, but any users requiring further assistance to reach the walkway should call 01382 433044 (Option 0) where one of the Control Room Supervisors will be delighted to assist.  

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National Route 7


Number image from signPerthshire (near Aberfeldy)

Possible complete closure, 12 September 2018 (for a week or two)

Work to the road between Strathtay and Weem (see map) taking place (already happening at 12 September 2018) is causing disruption. Signage indicates that the road is closed, but we have been informed that it has been possible to cycle or walk (depending on the immediate situation) past them (at times, escorted). We've been told that there is the possiblity of a complete closure for some hours on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September while material cools. 

Number image from signSaucel Hill Park, Paisley

Ongoing (Summer 2017 through 2018), short urban diversion

The normal entrance at Hunterhill Road to Saucel Hill Park (see map)  remains closed long-term (since June 2017, at September 2018), with a signed diversion of route 7 in place down Patrick Street. The short diversion also allows access to Paisley Canal station.

Number image from signDalry Bypass, Ayrshire

Complete road closure, May 2018-February 2019

Roads used by Route 7 will be completely closed to all users near Dalry to allow for construction of the Dalry Bypass (see map) - until February 2019. A signed diversion is in place following quiet unclassified roads (see map). Please be aware that additional vehicles will be utilizing the B777 road which the NCN follows due to a vehicular diversion being in place on this route.


Number image from sign Low Green Bridge, Irvine 

From 18th June, complete closure. 

The walking and cycling bridge over the River Irvine, connecting Waterside and Low Green, is closed for repairs. We were originally informed that this was until 7th September 2018 but at 13 September 2018 it is still closed. A signed diversion is in place directing users to cross the river at Marress Road, using the path on the south side of the bridge (see map), however we understand that there have been some local issues with the placement of this signage and that this route may therefore be more difficult to follow.

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National Route 73 


Number image from signArran ferry (Ardrossan to Brodick) - (NCN 73 northern section, Kilmarnock - Lochranza) 

Busy sailings (Summer 2018)

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


Number image from signNewton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway (NCN 73 southern section, Newton Stewart - Stranraer) 

Ongoing from 2016, bridge removed

The footbridge in Newton Stewart (see map) which was used by National Route 73 has been removed. We believe that no diversion is signed. An alternative road bridge crossing of the river is obvious approximately 400m north of the footbridge (and the route to it is relatively obvious). Note that this is the crossing used by the B7079 within Newton Stewart, not the crossing outside Newton Stewart, approximately 700m south of the footbridge, used by the A75. We do not currently have any information about any detailed timescale for the replacement of this bridge.


Number image from sign Annick Road to Milgarholm Park, Irvine  

From October 2018- end November 2018, complete closure

Due to construction work in order to widen the path, National Route 73 between Annick Road and Milgarhom Park in Irvine (see map) will be closed between October until end November 2018. We believe that no alternative route diversion is signed.

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National Route 75


Number image from signDalmarnock, Glasgow

Temporary diversion - September 2018

Route 75 will be temporarily re-routed between Dalmarnock Rail Bridge and Dalmarnock Road Bridge as a result of essential drainage maintainance for a period of two weeks during September 2018. There will be a temporary path leading from the east of the Rail Bridge from the path towards Strathclyde Street.

West/East Diversion: Turn left on to the temporary path, turn right at Strathclyde Street, turn left on to Dalmarnock Road and turn left to the north of the bridge to rejoin NCN 75.

East/West Diversion: Turn right at Dalmarnock Road, turn left at Strathclyde Street, turn left after 250m to join the temporary path and, upon reaching the river bank, turn right and rejoin NCN 75. 


Number image from signBetween Mid Calder and Almondell, West Lothian

Temporary diversion - 25th September- October 2018 (for six weeks)

Route 75 will be temporarily closed between Mid Calder and Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, and re-routed as a result of essential drainage maintainance for a period of six weeks beginning between 25th September and 1st October 2018. There will be a temporary, signed diversion in place through East Calder to the south entrance of Almondell and Calderwood Country Park.


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 National Route 76


Number image from signQueensferry Crossing

Ongoing, 2017

Please see information in section above.    

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 National Route 77


Number image from signDundee waterfront and west

Ongoing - disruption of route, 2017

While work continues at the waterfront in central Dundee there will be some disruption to National Cycle Network Route 77 - in the area (see map) between the station and the Tay Road Bridge. The overall route line here should remain clear (it follows the waterfront) but locally it may be necessary to negotiate the work in progress. Take note that the link to/from National Cycle Network Route 1 on the Tay Road Bridge here involves the use of a lift at the northwest end of the bridge.


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National Route 78


Number image from sign(None)

We know of no major disruptions to this route at present.

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National Route 195


Number image from signAberdeen Western Peripheral Route disruption

Potential local diversions - ongoing

Please refer to information about ongoing long term diversions, due to the building of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (and related roads), to Route 1 and Route 195 earlier on this page.


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National Route 196


Number image from signAuchendinny, north of Penicuik

Local complete closure - ongoing (19 Mar 2018)

Midlothian Council have published a notice (see link) to say that damage to Wester Auchendinny Bridge (see map) above the cycle path has led to the complete closure of route 196 at Auchendinny. We will add an update here if we learn more.


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National Route 756


Number image from signGlasgow (riverside paths)


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. Currently (13 September 2017) paths are closed/diverted as follows:

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