National

photographer Sam Sills, image courtesy of Cycling Scotland

Four routes on the UK’s National Cycle Network pass through Glasgow. National Routes feature on-road and traffic-free sections, with the latter taking in cycle lanes and paths along rivers and canals, through country and national parks.

Glasgow’s four National Routes link the city to the west coast of Argyll, Leith on the east coast, Inverness in the north and Gretna in the south of Scotland. But it doesn’t stop there. Connected into the National Cycle Network these routes can take you further into the UK, as far south as Lands End and deep into Northern Ireland. 

A short section of a National Route may feature in your daily commute. A longer section may be just right for a family day out, cycling to the forest, loch or beach. Your route, your choice.    

  • National Route 7

    601 miles long, connecting Sunderland and Inverness, National Route 7 enables you to approach or leave Glasgow on the North and South Lochs & Glens cycle routes, taking in some of Scotland's most stunningly beautiful scenery. The route passes through two National Parks, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and the Cairngorms.

  • National Route 74

    National Route 74 connects Gretna in Dumfries & Galloway with Uddingston following the same transport corridor as the main rail and road routes for much of its 70 mile length. It joins National Route 7 to continue into central Glasgow.

  • National Route 75

    Connecting Leith, Edinburgh with Portavadie on the west coast, using the ferry between Gourock and Dunoon, the 114 mile route is largely traffic free, contains a Sustrans Greener Greenways and passes through Glasgow's Pollock Park.

  • National Route 756

    Primarily urban route running from East Kilbride, along the south bank of the Clyde at Rutherglen, joining National Route 75 briefly on the north bank of the Clyde at Anderston, then heading northwards using some urban roads, Kelvingrove Park, and the Kelvin Walkway as far as Maryhill and the Forth & Clyde Canal (National Route 754).