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.
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
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.
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.
Complete closure of Dundee Docks Path, beginning 29th October until end January 2019
Due to planned path improvements, the Dundee Docks cycle path will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists, beginning Monday 29th October. Dundee City Council have installed a signed diversion; please contact the council for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We know of no major disruptions to this route at present.
Please see information in section above.
UPCOMING: DATES TBC. Complete closure of path between Dunkeld House Hotel and Jubilee Bridge, at least 12 weeks.
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 12 weeks. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)