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Cycling and cycle paths

In the UK nearly a quarter of all car journeys are under 2 miles, a distance that could be cycled in 15 minutes. Cycling 5 miles, 4 times a week can cut the risks of coronary heart disease by up to half. 

Where to go?

North Ayrshire is part of The National Cycle Network (NCN).  A network of over 12,000 miles of routes throughout the UK. This includes traffic-free paths, quiet roads and lanes and traffic calmed roads. Sustrans in Scotland developed the network in partnership with local authorities, organisations and funders.

NCN Route 7:

  • runs approximately north to south through North Ayrshire
  • passing through Irvine and Kilwinning 
  • close to Dalry and Kilbirnie.

NCN 73:

  • runs approximately east to west from Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire to Ardrossan
  • connecting Irvine, Kilwinning and the Three Towns.

Both routes link further afield (eg  to Glasgow and Ayr on NCN 7 and Brodick and Lochranza on the Island of Arran on NCN 73).

You can download leaflets for the following sections:  

Further information

Our Core Paths Plan provides a network of paths for everyday journeys and recreation. Download leaflets from our walking page.

For cycle routes in Ayrshire visit the Ayrshire Paths website.

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