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Cycling in Scotland

Scotland Cycle Journey Planner

Welcome to the Beta launch of the exciting Cycle Journey Planner for Scotland. This is a development of the one that's been running in Cambridge for two years.

The mapping is based on OpenStreetMap which is a relatively new idea where anyone can contribute. Many parts of Scotland, especially Edinburgh, are pretty well mapped but there are still bits missing - local paths, accurate street names etc. It also highlights the fact that any computer generated route planning system will produce anomalies or 'mistakes'.

YOU can improve this by adding to OpenStreetMap or giving direct feedback to the CycleStreets website's developers.

CycleStreets has been made possible because local non-profit cycling promotion business ChangingPace (2008) saw the potential of the work done in Cambridge and persuaded the Scottish Government's Sustainable Transport section to give a small grant (with the help of Cycling Scotland) to develop an Edinburgh version of Cambridge Cycling Campaign's cycle journey planner.

The work done so far, and the development of OpenStreetMap, means that eventually it will be possible to plan journeys almost anywhere.

One feature we hope that you will find useful - every time a route is planned it is given a unique URL (the link at the top of your browser, starting http:// ...). This can be used by you in future or sent to a friend who (for instance) is thinking of cycling to work but doesn't know the best route. It is also possible to view planned routes on mobile phones that have internet access.

Cycling in Scotland

Have a look at www.cyclingscotland.org for more information on cycling in Scotland.

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Cycle parking at Invergowrie station, and Alight here for NCN route 77 sign.

NCN route 77 at Invergowrie station

NCN route 77 between Perth and Dundee

All the back roads off the A90 are marked 40mph - Walking & cycling friendly road

All the back roads off the A90 are marked 40mph - Walking & cycling friendly road

All the back roads off the A90 are marked 40mph - Walking & cycling friendly road

Enjoyable descent to the plains by the Firth of Tay

Photo bomb! While helping to research routes for a Cycling Plus article - here near our highest point between Perth and Dundee.

Cycle parking, Scone Palace

Basic cycle lanes by the A85

A few cycle stands by St John's Kirk in Perth - but there's not really enough cycle parking here.

The traffic-free centre of Perth

Bike shop, Perth (bigger than it seems, and the owner looks after the bike needs of Mark Beaumont, local round-the-world record breaker)

Plenty of vacant space between Perth Museum & Art Gallery and Perth Concert Hall (where they were baffled by the mere idea of cycle parking).

Traffic-calming with cycle bypass (although Google Satellite and Street View show cars parked here).

The Lade route goes right here but is signed to the left.

There's a cut-through from the Lade route to the A85 if you can't push your bike over the footbridge

Wheeling channel on footbridge, the Lade route, Perth

Footbridge on the The Lade cycle route, Perth

The closure is actually to the right - the Lade route is unaffected.

The Lade route, Perth

The Lade route, Perth

The Lade route, Perth - a decent surface for a bit

The Lade route, Perth

The Lade route, Perth

End of the Lade route from Perth towards Luncarty

Start of the Lade route into central Perth

Basic (non-existent) crossing on the Perth-Luncarty route

Turn right here on the Perth-Luncarty route to go via the roundabout.

The route from Perth to Luncarty goes onto the roundabout then off it - rather peculiar, but as long as there are traffic lights it will basically work.

Massive hole in the Perth-Luncarty cycle route - how are people meant to get across the road to/from the shared-use path? Even a zebra would help.

NCN route 77 west and north from Perth by the River Almond

Cycle route from Perth to Luncarty, using a largely traffic-free bridge over the Almond

NCN route 77 by the River Almond, passing beneath the link north to Luncarty

Route signs on NCN route 77 at the Perth-Inverness railway bridge

NCN route 77 by the River Almond, about to pass beneath the Perth-Inverness railway

NCN route 77 turns right here to head north from Perth by the Tay

Heading north from Perth on NCN route 77 by the Tay

U-turn here on NCN route 77, which comes over the bridge from Dundee then dives under it to head north out of Perth.

Shared-use link to NCN route 77 north from Perth

Cross here to the shared-use footway to reach NCN route 77, the main route north from Perth (I think cyclists should dismount...)

Traffic-free alley in Perth

Tourist offices should have proper cycle parking outside!

Cycle parking, Perth

Sign to cycle parking, Perth

NCN route 77 sign, only visible if you're not actually on route 77. Most cyclists presumably end up on the A85 dual-carriageway.

This gated asphalt road is marked as a No Through Road but in fact allows cyclists to make a superb day ride around Glen Lyon.

@SustransScot Another cycle lane bites the dust at Tay St, Perth. Part of national cycle route network. Thoughts? https://t.co/BProPQLN96 [NCN route 77 passes behind the camera; there's a shared-use link on the footway to the left, but the ... [more]

Loch Leven trail

Loch Leven trail

The old A9. When the A9 was upgraded in some places the old road was left as a superb cycle route.

Many cyclists out enjoying #NCN77. BUT the traffic mostly ignores the signs. Pity. @sustrans @PerthandKinross http://t.co/FNA2R2x5jD

A sunday run on the fabulous NCN7 - Pitlochry to Dunkeld #Sustrans http://t.co/fYxDdnN1x6

Ascending the Drumochter Pass Railway, cyclepath, northbound carriageway of the A9.

Another missing NCN sign Cycling from Perth to Dundee on NCN77. There should be a sign pointing to the right towards Invergowrie.

Tree face NCN77, Templehall, just south of Longforgan.

Level crossing Near Monorgan.

Covered cycle parking at Broxden Park & Ride, next to the Megabus bus stop

Who's not been attacked by a band of marauding red squirrels? Location: , Pitlochry (Scotland, United Kingdom) Just north of Pitlochry.

Interesting road name in Perth (actual date unknown)

Kenmore

Kenmore

Kenmore

Kenmore

Tayside Police cycle officers at Pitlochry Highland Games - and very helpful and friendly they were too. They did a magnificent job.

Bridge over Loch Faskally, near Pitlochry

NCN7 cyclepath running parallel to the A9 through Glen Garry. Well-surfaced (mostly) and almost like the trunk road provides gentle gradients and a fairly direct route.

Start of the cyclepath section of the NCN7 running alongside the A9 al the way to Dalwhinnie. The warning about severe weather and snow seemed rather drastic on the mild day in March when this photo was taken. However the parallel section ... [more]

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