Scotland NCN closures and diversions

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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 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

Disruption between Cullen and Portknockie, ongoing

Due to a landslip on NCN 1 between Cullen and Portknockie (see map) in November 2017 this section of the route suffered extensive damage. They are currently looking at options to repair the route, with the path currently temporarily open but still showing signs of damage. Users are to be vigilant in poor light and bad weather conditions. We will update this note once more information becomes available.

Number image from signWester Kilgour

Complete closure between Pillars of Hercules to Farm Cottages- two weeks from 4th March 2019

Due to resurfacing works, Fife Council have advised that National Cycle Network Route 1 between the Pillars of Hercules and Farm Cottages at Wester Kilgour will be closed to all traffic for ten working days from 4th March 2019.

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National Route 7


Number image from signSaucel Hill Park, Paisley

Ongoing (Summer 2017, through 2019), short urban diversion

The normal entrance at Hunterhill Road to Saucel Hill Park (see map)  remains closed long-term (since June 2017, at January 2019), with a signed diversion of route 7 in place down Patrick Street. The short diversion also allows access to Paisley Canal station. Update (January 2019): We have been advised by Scottish Water that works remain ongoing at Sauchelhill Park, with an estimated completion date of Summer 2019.

Number image from signDalry Bypass, Ayrshire

Ongoing from May 2018, complete road closure

UPDATED- FEBRUARY 2019 Roads used by Route 7 will be completely closed to all users at Highfield, easterly of Dalry, to allow for construction of the Dalry Bypass. A signed diversion is in place at Highfield, rejoining the previous alignment of Route 7 at Auchengree Road, south of Glengarnock. Cyclists, please be aware that due to the nature of the diversion, you may have to dismount your bike while using it.

Number image from signKinchurdy Road, Boat of Garten

Complete closure- Thursday 14th March- Friday 29th March EXCLUDING WEEKENDS.

We have been informed by our partners at Cairngorms National Park Authority that due to resurfacing works, National Cycle Network Route 7 will be closed between Kinchurdy Road towards Aviemore, for a distance of 1km. The path will be passable Saturday-Sunday, but no through access will be possible Monday-Friday. SEE MAP FOR LOCATION.

An alternative, signed on-road section of National Route 7 accessible at Boat of Garten and Aviemore on the eastern bank of the River Spey provides an alternative route. SEE MAP FOR LOCATION.  

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National Route 73 


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

Busy sailings (ongoing)

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.

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National Route 74 



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

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National Route 75



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

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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 signDunkeld

Complete closure of path between Dunkeld House Hotel and Jubilee Bridge- at least 8 weeks from 25th March 2019.

We have been advised by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust that National Route 77 will be closed completely between Dunkeld House Hotel and Jubilee Bridge for a period of at least 8 weeks, beginning 25th March 2019. Signed diversions will be in place at the site of the closure; mountain bikers and walkers are advised to use Fiddler's Path and Inver Path as alternative routes towards Dunkeld (both unsuitable for touring and road bikes), with an alternative route for road and touring bikes being provided on Regional Route 83. Please see notice of alternative routes in place as per information from Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust.

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National Route 78


Number image from signFort Augustus

Complete closure of Caledonian Canal towpath between Kytra Lock and Cullochy Lock- ongoing from 14th January 2019

We have been advised by Scottish Canals that due to critical canal repairs, National Cycle Network Route 78 is now closed completely between Kytra Lock and Cullochy Lock for an unspecified period. No signed diversion will be in place for this closure. Please visit the Scottish Canals canal closures news page for further updates, or keep an eye on the Sustrans Scotland Twitter feed where we will publish any further information as and when received from our partners. 

UPDATE: 11/03/19: The towpath remains closed while works at Kytra are ongoing. The shuttle taxi / minibus service in place for the Great Glen Way between Aberchalder Bridge and Fort Augustus (and vice versa) will continue to be available.

This service will be available during the following hours only: 9.30am – 3pm and 4.30pm – 5.30pm. Wayfarers should call Great Glen Travel on 07713 640990 when they arrive at Aberchalder or Fort Augustus to arrange a pick up

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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 754


Number image from signLinlithgow, Union Canal Towpath

Local closures and disruptions - ongoing (January 2019)

Scottish Canals have informed us of disruption to National Cycle Network Route 754 in Linlithgow due to ongoing vital embankment works. The towpath is currently closed for maintenance between Manse Road and Bridge 41 (The Park Bistro). A signed diversion is in place on site, and available to view on the Scottish Canals website. A diversion is also in place between Bridge 45 at Linlithgow Academy and Bridge 48 at Woodcockdale. Further information on the diversion is also available on the Scottish Canals website.

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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 (February 2019) paths are closed/diverted as follows:

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