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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 are there 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 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. At present there is a current maximum journey limit of about 50km, which will be lifted in due course as webserver resources permit.

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.

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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?

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

A sunday run on the fabulous NCN7 - Pitlochry to Dunkeld #Sustrans

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)





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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