Scotland's extra 500 miles of cycleways

Five-year project will see 500 extra miles of cycleways created in Scotland

Bath to Bristol cycle path Photo: nicksarebi

Cycling in Scotland is to be made easier and more accessible with an additional 500 miles of cycling routes to be constructed in the next five years.

The £25 million project will see 30 new long-distance routes added to the existing trails and cycleways across the country.

The plan’s most eye-catching design is the long-distance cycleway between Callander and Inversanid, and a Hebridean Way on the Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis.

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Designed by Scottish Natural Heritage, National Cycle Network (NCN) managers Sustrans and Scottish Canals, funding is being provided by public and private sources.

Sustrans recently announced a series of fundraising rides that will see all income ploughed back into maintaining the 14,000+ miles of NCN across the UK.

Scottish Parliament’s cabinet secretary for planning Alex Neil unveiled the plans, saying: “Encouraging more people to enjoy the natural environment is important for the environment, tourism and boosting the economy – that’s why the National Long Distance Cycling and Walking Network is designated as a national development in Scotland’s National Planning Framework.”