Our work in Scotland

Sustrans works closely with communities, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other partners to ensure that the people of Scotland have access to a network of safe walking and cycling routes; making Scotland a healthy, happy place to live, work and play, and a sustainable and beautiful tourist destination.

people cycling on off road path

We want to help people of all ages and abilities to make more journeys by foot and bike. We are designing and constructing walking and cycling infrastructure improvements across Scotland as part of our Community Links programme with funding from Transport Scotland.

We are also proud to run the Community Links PLUS design competition seeking big, bold and innovative projects which will be game-changers for active travel in Scotland. See this year's winning design.

Cyclists on National Cycle Network path in Scotland

There are more than 2000 miles of National Cycle Network (NCN) in Scotland for you to enjoy, including the recently upgraded Route 78 Caledonia Way. From the Edinburgh Loops and Links to Scotland's sustainable shores you are bound to find your next adventure by exploring our best routes in Scotland.

View routes on our online map or browse our list of routes in Scotland.

Find out more about the history of the network and our work to improve and expand it across the UK.

We bring residents together to redesign their streets and help them create liveable spaces outside their front doors.

We’ve been working in partnership with local authorities, communities and schools across Scotland to improve neighbourhoods through our street design projects across the UK.

See what we've achieved in Sinclairtown and Kirkcaldy.

Students cycling and walking to school

We work with schools so that students can choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys everyday.

We have secured funding to deliver cycle and scooter parking projects in schools throughout Scotland. Find out how your school can apply.

If you want to encourage walking and cycling, have a look at our resources for parents and teachers.

Our volunteers help keep the National Cycle Network in good shape, promote our work, attend events, organise walks and rides, and encourage active travel.

There is a variety of volunteer roles on the National Cycle Network, in the community, workplace and in schools.

See our current volunteer vacancies in Scotland.

Employees walking to work

We run a number of projects in Scotland to help workplaces support and enable their staff to travel actively and sustainably. The Scottish Workplace Network provides workplaces in Scotland with tools and resources to achieve a more active workforce, while our Active Travel Champions project works intensively with passionate individuals within organisations to provide them with the knowledge, skills and resources to promote walking and cycling to their peers.

For workplaces looking for a fun, free and easy way to encourage their staff to active travel, our Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge is a great option. This year’s Journey Challenge is running from March 1st – 31st and registrations are now open.

Find out more about our workplace projects today by emailing [email protected] or calling 0131 346 9787.


Students on bikes

We work closely with universities and colleges, staff and students, to promote Active Travel through our volunteer Champion programme.

Active Travel Champions help people be more active through walking or cycling for more of their everyday journeys.

People walking and cycling on a mixed use path through a park.

We successfully influence policy development in Scotland to ensure that more people have the choice to walk, cycle or take public transport for more of their everyday journeys.

We work closely with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, government agencies and politicians in order to achieve this aim.

See our latest policy submissions.

Cyclists on path by water

The leisure cycling sector is thriving and is worth up to £345m to the Scottish economy. In order to realise the full potential of the leisure cycling opportunity, it is vital for businesses to understand the needs of leisure cyclists.

We developed a free guide to provide businesses with the insights and advice they need to welcome cyclists.

Find out more about the cycling tourism guide