Cycle Routes

Cycling in Scotland is fun, fast, green, healthy and made easy due to the National Cycle Network.

Cycle Scenic

The wide open spaces, beautiful scenery and clean fresh air of Scotland provide cycle routes for all ages and abilities. For the more adventurous riders there are forest trails and mountain bike centres, and for those who would just like something a little more relaxing there are quiet countryside lanes.

To get you started we have provided six different routes from various areas of Scotland that will help you on your way to becoming more active with a new way to explore this beautiful country.

Ayrshire Coast Cycleway

Ayrshire Cycle Route

This route has spectacular views across to the Isle of Arran and passes through two Scottish Wildlife reserves, Gailes Marsh and Shewalton Wood. The route also offers the opportunity to experience varied landscapes, visit beaches and stop and explore the town centres. There are also two other break off trails like The Irvine and Kilwinning New Town Trail.

From-To: Irvine to Ayr
Distance: 19 Miles
Terrain: Mostly flat and largely traffic-free
Public Transport: Stations at Irvine, Troon, Prestwick and Ayr
Grid Reference: NS322389 - NS336220

Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway

Bells Bridge

This route will take you past stunning Scottish scenery and landmarks such as the Glasgow Science Centre, the 240ft high volcanic plug of Dumbarton Rock, the River Leven and finish at the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. At the end there is a visitor's centre, restaurant and shops.

From-To: Glasgow to Loch Lomond
Distance: 20 Miles
Terrain: Traffic-free apart from a short section through Dumbarton
Public Transport: Stations at SECC, Partick, Dalmuir, Dumbarton and Balloch
Grid Reference: NS567655 - NS389819

Dalbeattie - Ironhash Trail


This mountain bike cycle route provides an easy ride into the heart of the forest. The trail starts at Dalbeattie through the skills area on a wide and easy singletrack before joining the forest road to ride out through Richorn Plantation. If you're lucky, you'll get a good view of riders descending Dalbeattie's famous 'Slab'.

From-To: Dalbeattie to Ironhash
Distance: 7 Miles
Terrain: Easy mountain bike cycle route
Public Transport: Station at Dumfries, daily buses to Dalbeattie
Grid Reference: NX832613

Dundee to Arbroath

Dundee to Arbroath

This route starts at the north end of the Tay Road Bridge, heads through the Dundee port area and continues around the bay. You will then pass the historic Broughty Castle and continue to Carnoustie before finishing the journey with some smokies in Arbroath. There are several pubs and restaurants along the way and a view of the famous championship golf course.

From-To: Dundee to Arbroath
Distance: 21 Miles
Terrain: Flat coastal paths and minor roads
Public Transport: Stations at Dundee, Carnoustie, Barry and Arbroath
Grid Reference: NO404303 - NO644412

Moray Coast Ride


This dramatic coastal route gives you glorious views of the Moray Firth. The route is mainly on the old Moray Firth Coast Railway, therefore there is a lack of motor traffic to enjoy the spectacular coastline and the fishing villages. The ride gives you the ideal opportunity to judge the rival merits of the two serious contenders for the title of Scotland's best ice cream-makers.

From-To: Portgordon to Cullen
Distance: 9.5 Miles
Terrain: Mix of quiet roads and traffic-free paths
Public Transport: Stations at Elgin and Keith
Grid Reference: NJ396642 - NJ513668

The Esk Valley Cycle Network

Esk Valley

The attractive riverside and railway path links both towns with wooded pathways and disused railways. There are also great opportunities to spot wildlife. The Esk Valley route is ideal for both leisure and utility trips. It can be continued all the way to the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, via the coastal walk of the Firth of the Forth.

From-To: Dalkeith to Musselburgh
Distance: 5 Miles
Terrain: Mostly flat and largely traffic-free
Public Transport: Stations at Dalkeith, Musselburgh, Newcraighall and Brunstane
Grid Reference: NT332674 - NT342726

Page first published on Tuesday 7th August 2007
Page last updated on Monday 7th July 2008

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