Please support the National Cycle Network this Christmas Donate now

Scotland NCN route closures and diversions

Information on National Route: 177375777678195756

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. 

  • A short diversion of Route 195 (Deeside Way) is in place at Milltimber (see map for approximate area) where the previous path has been severed. It may be necessary for those cycling to dismount and use a section of pavement.

Number image from signQueensferry Crossing (new Forth Bridge)

Currently 2017 - local diversions & removal of signage

Both National Route 1 and Route 76, at the junction of the routes, at the north end of the Forth Road Bridge (see map), are affected by the work on the new 'Queensferry Crossing' bridge. At January 2017 the use of either route involves dismounting to walk on temporary paths. The contractors have not always managed to maintain clear diversion signage as routes are moved around and paths opened and closed - but in using their signage it may help to know whether the route you are following should take you to the Forth Road Bridge, Inverkeithing, or toward the west of the site. Signs toward the west of the site (for National Route 76 westbound) may be to 'North Queensferry' or/and 'Rosyth' although on leaving the main part of the site you will need to then ignore signs for both Rosyth and North Queensferry. Note that much of the available mapping of this junction (including on our own website) is now out of date as major changes take place in the road network. Openstreetmap based mapping (which is maintained by ordinary members of the general public) is often up to date and this link shows the main path east-west through the site and under the M90/A90 at January 2017 - which is close to its final alignment. 




National Route 7


Number image from signSaucel Hill Park, Paisley

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.

(Return to top of page)

National Route 73 


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

Busy sailings

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 plan/timescale for the replacement of this bridge.

(Return to top of page)

National Route 75


Number image from signPort Glasgow, Inverclyde

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.

(Return to top of page)

 National Route 76


Number image from signQueensferry Crossing

Ongoing, 2017

Please see information in section above.    

(Return to top of page)

 National Route 77


Number image from signAlmondbank (NW of Perth)

Various, ongoing, 2017

The Almondbank Flood Protection Scheme works are underway at Almondbank to the northwest of Perth on National Route 77 - (see map) - There will be minor local diversions in the vicinity of Lows Works Cottages for the duration of the contract until January 2018.

A secondary diversion will also be in place in this approximate area until mid October 2017 to allow for the construction of a bridge - see map of specific area - but we're told that this will involve minor inconvenience using a signed specially constructed path.   

Number image from signRuthvenfield Industrial Estate, Perth

From October 2017 for 8 weeks, short diversion

Works are underway to repair sections of eroded river embankment on the River Almond near the Ruthvenfield Industrial Estate. There will be a temporary diversion in place for the 8 week duration of the works, which commence on the 5th of October. Users should note that the diversion is onto Ruthvenfield Road, which can be busy with trucks passing through the industrial estate. If cyclists are not confident riding on this section then there is a pavement where they can push their bikes. see map of specific area.   

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.

More major disruption is planned for March to October 2017 to the east of the railway bridge (see map). At March 2017 a diversion is signed, however this involves either the 'pedestrian' diversion on foot (around 0.7km) or a longer 'cyclists' diversion involving either some substantial walked pavement sections or riding on busier roads, and crossing the railway using the Seabraes bridge (steps or lift). Visitors who don't know the area and wish to plan their own route may find the following local maps helpful: West end of diversion / East end of diversion / 'Pedestrian' diversion route / 'Cyclists' diversion route

(Return to top of page)

National Route 78


We know of no major closures or diversions on this route.

(Return to top of page)

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.


(Return to top of page)

National Route 756


Number image from signGlasgow (riverside paths)

Potential disruption from 30 August 2017

In Glasgow a drop in water levels following the failure of the functioning of the River Clyde tidal weir has 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:

(Return to top of page)