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.
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.
Ongoing - route disrupted by bridge work
Both National Route 1 and Route 76, at the junction of the routes, at the north end of the Forth Road Bridge (see map), have been affected by the work associated with the Queensferry Crossing. In particular the link between Route 1 and Route 76 currently remains confused (particularly where is passes though the 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.
A short section of route 1 - linking Randolph Place to Charlotte Square - in Edinburgh city centre is (at 3 January 2018) partially closed (see map). There is no diversion signed but passage is possible (at 3 January 2018) on foot.
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.
Localised Closures and diversions at Carnoustie due to the Golf Open, ongoing until the end of August
A series of localised closures and signed diversions are in place due to the Carnoustie Golf Open (see map). Further details of the closures can be found on the Angus Council website in the following location; https://www.angus.gov.uk/leisure_sport_and_countryside/outdoor_access/access_restrictions_for_the_open_championship
As can be seen in the link above, some of the closures are only place for the open, whilst others others will be in place until the end of August to allow for construction and removal of infrastructure associated with the event. If you require further information on this please contact Angus Council using the following link (https://www.angus.gov.uk/contact_the_council).
From June 2017 for 32 weeks, short urban diversion
The normal entrance at Hunterhill Road to Saucel Hill Park (see map) will be closed from 5th June for 32 weeks for sewer main replacement works, with a signed diversion in place down Patrick Street. The short diversion will still allow people access to Paisley’s Canal Station and the National Cycle route in both directions. UPDATE: There is some continuing disruption here. We will remove this notice once we're aware that this has ceased.
Complete road closure, May 2018 to the Start of August
Roads used by NCN 7 will be completely closed to all users near Dalry to allow for construction of the Dalry Bypass (see map) - until the start of August 2018. A signed diversions is in place following quiet unclassified road (see map), we would advise that this route is more suitable for families and less confident cyclists.
A second shoter route is available but is not signposted. This alternative follows a busy A road, and we would advise is only considered by confident cyclists. This follows Blair Street and then uses the A737 before re-joining the A737 (see map).
Low Green Bridge, Irvine
From 18th June until 7th September 2018, closure.
A The walking and cycling bridge over the River Irvine, connecting Waterside and Low Green, is closed for repairs until 7th September 2018. 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).
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.
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.
Complete closure - ongoing
We were informed at the end of 2015 that National Route 75 across Devol Glen, Port Glasgow is closed due to a landslip. The closure is between Alderbrae Road and the access path from Mackie Avenue (see map). A second map of the closure is available (png). The diversion is about a mile long via residential roads, along Lilybank Road and back to the path on more residential streets. We have not been informed of a re-opening date, and a general indication that the closure is ongoing is on a diversions page from Inverclyde Council.
Please see information in section above.
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.
We know of no major disruptions to this route at present.
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.
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.
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:
- Route 756 south of the river between Florence Street and Richmond Park (definitely closed long term - you'll see that we've removed this section from the map for the moment)